Video Lottery Facility Local Development Council

The Local Development Council serves as an advisory council to the county as it develops a multi year plan for the expenditure of local impact grant funds from Maryland Live! video lottery terminals.

The Local Development Council (LDC) is established under the authority of State law in those counties in which a video lottery terminal facility (casino) is located. The Local Development Council’s sole purpose is to advise the County Executive on the needs and priorities of the communities surrounding the Maryland Live! Casino and the expenditure of video lottery terminal funds.

All grants for the LDC Community Grants Program are limited to $40,000. The LDC may consider larger capital grants in unique circumstances, but an organization must be invited to present.

Important Grant Award Information

The Fiscal Year 2025 Application is now open.

Please click here to be taken to the application and click here to access a recorded FY25 LDC Application training session.

As a reminder, Local Development Council Grants are targeted to non-profits and community associations implementing projects and programs serving and benefiting residents within a 3-mile radius of the Live! Casino in Hanover, and are for up to $40,000.

Completed applications are due Monday, December 18, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Elisha Harig-Blaine, Assistant Planning Director, ACDS at

Anne Arundel County receives 4.51% of total revenues generated by video lottery terminals at Maryland Live! Casino. These monies are distributed by Anne Arundel County in the form of local impact grants and must be used for improvements primarily in the communities in immediate proximity to the casino. Permitted uses are: infrastructure improvements; facilities; public safety; sanitation; economic and community development, including housing; and other public services and improvements. State Government Article, Section 9-1A-31. 

The County Executive provides for the expenditure of local impact grants in the annual Budget within the Video Lottery Facility Local Impact Grant Special Revenue Fund. The Local Development Council serves in an advisory capacity regarding the expenditures of local impact grants.