What you need to know

  • The Expanded Gaming Act created the Community Mitigation Fund to help entities offset costs related to the construction and operation of a gaming establishment.
  • The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is currently reviewing all applications, which were due February 1, 2017. The applications are presented below for public comment. The Commission will vote on each application at a later date to be determined.
  • The Community Mitigation Fund may be used to offset costs related to both Category 1 resort-casino facilities (MGM Springfield and Wynn Boston Harbor) and the state’s Category 2 slots-only facility (Plainridge Park Casino).

About the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund

The application period for the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund is now closed.

As part of the effort to help offset impacts that may result from the development and operation of gaming facilities in the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Legislature created the Community Mitigation Fund as part of the Expanded Gaming Act. Pursuant to the Act, applications for funds are annually due in the beginning of February [February 1, 2017].

Over the next few years while the gaming facilities are being constructed and particularly when the facilities are operational, the Community Mitigation Fund will play a pivotal role in helping communities and others address impacts. The Commission looks forward to an ongoing dialogue with communities and other interested parties regarding the use of these funds in the future. Once Category 1 (full casino) facilities are operational, significant new funds will be deposited annually into the Community Mitigation Fund. However, at least through 2018, the Community Mitigation Fund will need to rely on one-time funds deposited by gaming licensees as part of their gaming license fees.

A Request for Public Comment: 2017 Community Mitigation Fund Applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comment on grant applications from the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘2017 Community Mitigation Fund applications’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received.

2017 Funds for Mitigation of Specific Impacts

The 2017 Community Mitigation Fund for mitigation of specific impacts may be used only to mitigate impacts that either have occurred or are occurring as of the February 1, 2017 application date. The 2017 Community Mitigation Fund is available only to mitigate impacts related to the construction of Category 1 gaming facilities and is not intended to fund the mitigation of specific impacts already being funded in a host or surrounding Community Agreement. For entities impacted by the Category 2 Plainridge Park Casino facility, the Commission will make available up to $500,000 in total for applications for the mitigation of operational or construction impacts.

2017 Transportation Planning Grant

The 2017 Community Mitigation Fund program also authorizes communities to apply for a 2017 Transportation Planning Grant. The communities that are eligible to receive funding from the Community Mitigation Fund are those in Regions A & B and for the Category 2 facility, including each Category 1 and Category 2 host community and each designated surrounding community, each community which entered into a nearby community agreement with a licensee, and any community that petitioned to be a surrounding community to a gaming licensee, and each community that is geographically adjacent to a host community.

Workforce Development Pilot Program in Region A and Region B

The Commission will also make available funding for certain career pathways workforce development pilot programs (Workforce Development Pilot Program Grant) in Regions A and B for service to residents of communities of such Regions, including each Category 1 host community and each designated surrounding community, each community which entered into a nearby community agreement with a licensee, any community that petitioned to be a surrounding community to a gaming licensee, and each community that is geographically adjacent to a host community.

Tribal Gaming Technical Assistance Grant

Additionally, the Commission shall make available technical assistance funding to assist in the determination of potential impacts that may be experienced by communities in geographic proximity to the potential Tribal Gaming facility in Taunton. Such funding will only be made available, after approval of any application by the Southeast Regional Planning & Economic Development District or a comparable regional entity, if it is determined by the Commission that construction of such gaming facility will likely commence prior to or during Fiscal Year 2018.

Reauthorization of the 2015/2016 One-time Reserves

In order to access funding from the Community Mitigation Reserve Fund, communities are required to submit an application describing the anticipated use and receive Commission approval. This reserve can be used to cover impacts that may arise in 2017 or thereafter. It may also be used for planning, either to determine how to achieve further benefits from a facility or to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts. Reserve applications are not required to be filed by the February 2017 deadline, however, some were. The below are under review by the Commission staff.

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