Live! Casino & Hotel and the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council Award $19.6 Million in Local Grants

Live! Casino & Hotel and the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council Award $19.6 Million in Local Grants

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The Cordish Companies' Live! Casino & Hotel and the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council Award $19.6 Million in Local Impact and Community Grants for FY2018

Total Funds Disseminated by the LDC in Five Years Surpasses $100 Million in Support of Anne Arundel County Operational and Capital Programs, Non-Profit Organizations and Community Associations

The Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino & Hotel and the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council (LDC) today awarded $19.6 million in local impact and community grants to organizations in Anne Arundel County for Fiscal Year 2018.

The grants mark the largest amount ever awarded by the LDC since Live! Casino opened in June 2012, and brings the total funds in support of Anne Arundel County organizations to more than $100 million.

Joe Weinberg, Managing Partner of The Cordish Companies, joined Anne Arundel County Executive Steven Schuh, State Senator James “Ed” DeGrange, Delegate Pam Beidle, and members of the Local Development Council (LDC) in presenting the grants to recipients ranging across county operational and capital programs, education, health and human services and community associations. The allocations were recommended by the LDC, which helps to manage the distribution of the county’s gaming tax revenue to local organizations.

“Live! Casino & Hotel continues to give significant, record breaking funds to county organizations for effective community improvement across diverse sectors,” said Weinberg. “We are invested in helping the community grow and strengthen its public service, education, housing, health and overall standard of living.”

“Live! Casino & Hotel continues to serve as the financial backbone our community needs to prosper in development across important services, such as the fire and police departments,” said Schuh. “We are grateful that we have a business partner we can always count on to give back to the community in which it thrives.”

The Local Impact Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2018 include: 

Anne Arundel County Fire Department                                                                             $6,398,000

Anne Arundel County Police Department                                                                         $3,682,000

Anne Arundel County Office of Public Works / Dept. of Planning & Zoning                     $2,500,000

Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks                                                                       $2,300,000

Anne Arundel Community College                                                                                   $1,700,000

Anne Arundel County Library System                                                                              $1,250,000

Fort Meade Alliance Foundation                                                                                      $500,000

BWI Partnership                                                                                                               $450,000

Community Grants                                                                                                           $367,000

ARC of the Chesapeake                                                                                                  $340,000

Meade High School – Instrumental Music Assoc.                                                           $80,000

Partners In Care Maryland                                                                                              $10,000

   FY 2018 Grand Total:                                                                                                  $19,577,000


Recipients of the FY18 Community Support Grants include the following:

The Council of Unit Owners of Spring Meadows Condominiums

$35,310 for a new fence for the community pool

Ridge Forest Glen Homeowners Association

$25,000 to build a common playground and relaxation area

Jessup Improvement Association

$33,893 to replace the HVAC system

Asbury Woods Condominium Association

$20,000 to Add/Upgrade street lights, entrance sign

Anne Arundel Medical Center

$5,000 for additional equipment for Adventure Therapy program

Restoration Community Development Corp.

$15,000 for education and mentoring programs for middle school students

Associated Catholic Charities (Sarah's House)

$20,000 for additional teaching staff

National Electronics Museum

$25,000 for field trips for local elementary schools

Meade SH School PTS Association Capital Music Lab

$40,000 to replace and update piano and guitar labs

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

$10,000 to bring Junior Achievement programs to eight new schools

Hebron Harman Elementary School PTA

$13,297 to purchase Chromebooks for students

Assistance League of the Chesapeake

$17,000 for Operation School Bell

West Arundel Creative Arts

$10,000 for renovation and flooring

Kingdom Kare

$12,500 for after-school mentoring program for homeless youth

Hands of Hope

$20,000 in funding to expand the Strengthening Families Program

Donations from the Heart

$15,000 for Rent, emergency assistance, food pantry

Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis & AACo.

$40,000 for After/Out of school programs

Villages of Dorchester Homeowners Association

$10,000 to replace over 100 trees

LDC impact

The Local Development Council was established in Anne Arundel County after the opening of Live! Casino & Hotel on June 6, 2012. Appointed by the County Executive, the Local Development Council consists of 15 members to serve and advise the County on recommendations for the distribution and expenditure of revenues raised at Live! Casino & Hotel through local impact grants. 

Since its formation in 2012, the LDC has awarded more than $100 million in grants towards county operational and capital programs, and community grants.

Community based organizations and nonprofit groups located generally within a three-mile radius of Live! Casino & Hotel are eligible to apply for a local impact grant. 

“Live! Casino & Hotel continues to be a key partner in support of county funding and development,” said Karen McJunkin, LDC Chairperson. “We hope to continue this supportive partnership that allows room for impactful growth for our county’s organizations. This is alongside the increased visitation Live! Casino & Hotel brings to the region as Maryland’s prime tourist destination.”

For more information and to apply for a grant, visit 

About Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

Coming soon – the new flagship luxury Live! Hotel, scheduled to open in the spring of 2018. Now open – the new Live! Lofts boutique hotel. Live! Casino & Hotel is one of the largest commercial casinos in the country, located in the Washington DC/Baltimore corridor, just off I-95, Route 100 and the B/W Parkway at Arundel Mills. Open 24/7, Live! Casino features more than 200 live action table games, including a Poker Room; approximately 4,000 of the latest slot machines; and two High Limit rooms. The property offers world-class dining and entertainment, including the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse The Prime Rib®; Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; Morty’s Delicatessen, a traditional New York-style deli; Luk Fu, serving authentic Asian cuisine; The Cheesecake Factory®; Phillips® Seafood Express; and the multi-station Live! Buffet. Two new eateries include 8 at Luk Fu, featuring sushi and sashimi; and En Vivo, with classic varieties of soft tacos and burritos. A sizzling nightlife, including nightly entertainment at Live! Center Stage and the unique, interactive R Bar, completes the Live! experience. Enjoy secure covered parking with valet service and a free self-park garage with Park Assist® and direct elevator access to the casino floor. Live! Hotel will feature 310 luxury guest rooms, along with a lively bar and entertainment scene, a day spa and salon, an event center, and meeting facilities. Live! Lofts boutique hotel is located just minutes from the casino and open while renovations are underway. For reservations, call 443-445-2929. Live! Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by a company that is affiliated with The Cordish Companies. Call 855-5MD-LIVE (855-563-5483); or visit or Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For employment opportunities, visit

About The Cordish Companies

The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Coworking Spaces; Entertainment Districts; Gaming; Hotels; International Development; Private Equity; Residential; Restaurants; and Sports-Anchored Developments. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies’ prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter.

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