MGC awards $10.2m in Community Mitigation grants
The MGC has recently given a total of just over 10 million dollars to numerous local organizations through its Community Mitigation program.
The grants are mainly aimed at helping the municipalities and other local organizations in the state of Massachusetts with the operational and construction costs related to retail gambling establishments. This includes everything from the construction of infrastructure, such as roads and parking facilities, to the development of housing projects in nearby areas.
The fund was established back in 2015 as part of the state’s gambling laws and has awarded more than 47 million dollars in grants ever since. The latest round of grants was approved after the regulatory authority held several public meetings to assess its applicants for compliance with the fund’s guidelines.
One of the latest funding round’s top recipients was the city of Springfield, which received over 3 million dollars, with 1.5 million dollars being allocated to a parking facility project to improve traffic flow in the area of one of the state’s largest gambling venues, MGM Springfield. The city’s fire and police departments serving the nearby area were also granted just over 150 thousand dollars for enhanced equipment and training.