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Dauphin County awards gaming grants, many Harrisburg projects receive funding

Dauphin County Administration building on N. 2nd Street

Dauphin County gaming grants will go to over 80 local projects this year, many addressing education, recreation and food insecurity.

At a legislative session on Wednesday, the county commissioners approved just under $6.2 million in awards, funded each year by the county’s share of revenue from Hollywood Casino at Penn National.

Harrisburg-based projects were the recipients of some of the gaming money, which went primarily toward building renovations and improvements. These include:

  • Harrisburg City: $150,000 for Public Safety Building HVAC system replacement
  • Harrisburg Rugby Football Club: $50,000 for design and construction of rugby fields and related improvements
  • The Salvation Army: $69,690 for food recovery, assistance and nutrition services program
  • Dauphin County Library System: $75,000 for integration of downtown library facilities
  • Harrisburg Scottish Rite Cathedral and Masonic Theatre: $34,720 for lighting conversion project
  • Keystone Service Systems, Inc.: $50,000 for Capital Area Head Start service dogs
  • CASA Charter School Foundation: $75,000 for academic classroom expansion project
  • Harrisburg School District: $47,500 for John Harris Campus security camera replacements
  • Gamut Theatre: $45,000 for debt reduction on building renovation
  • GreenWorks Development: $75,000 for redevelopment of Midtown Harrisburg mixed-use project
  • Susquehanna Art Museum: $60,000 for replacement recreational vehicle for VanGo! art gallery
  • Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church: $51,000 for renovation, repair and restoration of Church facility
  • Breaking the Chainz: $35,000 for repairs to apartment building for displaced families working with Dauphin County Children & Youth Services and other agencies
  • Harrisburg Area Community College: $75,000 for purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus system for public safety training programs
  • Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts: $75,000 for renovations to create Innovation Studio for STEAM education
  • Harrisburg University: $75,000 for HUE Festival and renovation of academic space
  • The Nativity School: $75,000 for new school facility phase II renovations
  • Camp Curtin YMCA: $75,000 for design and construction of affordable housing
  • The Homeland Center: $56,000 for security infrastructure improvements and visitor management
  • Capital Area Soccer Association: $25,000 to upgrade Ranger and George Park fields
  • Catholic Charities: $25,000 for Saint Samuel Center windows and door replacements
  • Downtown Daily Bread: $20,000 for debt service on installation of air-conditioning in day shelter
  • The National Civil War Museum: $25,000 for reduction of long-term debt

“I think the leveraging of the money has been great this year and I think the diversity of the projects throughout the county is representative of the communities we serve,” Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick said.

Last year, the county awarded $6.3 million from casino gaming revenue to projects recommended by the Gaming Advisory Board.

The Hollywood Casino at Penn National’s gross terminal revenue was down from 2019 by 41%, with COVID-19 as the main contributing factor. However, a surge in iGaming (online gambling) helped the county maintain its average amount of received funds.

This year’s projects will leverage an estimated $24.8 million in additional investment related to the funded projects and over 11,700 jobs will be created or maintained in conjunction with the projects, said Mark Stewart, counsel for the Gaming Advisory Board.

The following is a complete list of the projects that will receive Dauphin County gaming grant funding this year:

Host & Contiguous

  • East Hanover Township (Annual road maintenance, fire company self-contained breathing apparatus)—$500,000
  • South Hanover Township (Municipal complex debt reduction)—$284,000
  • Derry Township ($157,069 Police and Public Works radios; $68,400 Hershey Volunteer Fire Co. radio replacements; $45,000 Derry Township School District safety and security upgrades and $17,700 Hershey American Legion building roof replacement)—$288,1694
  • Middle Paxton Township ($124,000 Potato Valley Road Bridge debt; $126,300 Dauphin Middle Paxton Joint Park Authority site development plan and ADA improvements)—$250,3005
  • Rush Township (Skid steer vehicle) —$74,236

Other Awards

  • Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Department (repair and restoration of Wildwood Park boardwalk) —$50,000
  • Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office (replacement of mobile and portable police radios) —$68,000
  • Dauphin Co. Local Emergency Planning Committee (hazardous materials duty officer response vehicle replacement) —$69,330
  • Dauphin County General Authority (golf course irrigation system debt payment) —$141,200
  • Susquehanna Township ($90,000 Uptown infrastructure improvement project debt payment and $60,000 Boyd Park Phase 2 improvements) —$150,000
  • Penbrook Borough (sewer interceptor replacement) —$85,000
  • Royalton Borough ($75,000 Borough Hall HVAC project debt service; and $20,000 police radios and police safety equipment) —$95,000
  • Swatara Township (Bishop Park multi-purpose trail construction project) —$150,000
  • Hummelstown Borough (Municipal and Public Safety Building debt reduction) —$49,015
  • Jackson Township/Fisherville Vol. Fire Co. (fire station addition construction debt) —$36,522
  • Lower Swatara Township ($188,418Annual DCIB loan payments and PennVest loan repayment; and $50,000 Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Co. Tanker 59 debt reduction) —$238,418
  • Upper Paxton Township/Millersburg Fire Co. No. 1(Fire truck emergency and on scene lighting) —$60,478
  • Millersburg Area School District (security and accessibility upgrades at schools) —$48,000
  • Steelton Borough (Brickyard Community Park construction) —$90,000
  • Paxtang Borough (Municipal Complex improvements) —$150,000
  • Londonderry Township (sanitary sewer extension) —$140,000
  • Lower Paxton Township (police department body cameras and mobile vehicle cameras) —$128,387
  • Harrisburg City (Public Safety Building HVAC system replacement) —$150,000
  • Halifax Borough (retention wall replacement and storm water line installation) —$75,000
  • Lykens Borough/Authority ($75,000 Lykens Borough Phase III replacement of water distribution system; $41,000 Liberty Hose Co. No. 2 replacement of hoses and nozzles) —$116,000
  • Halifax Township/Halifax Fire Department (purchase of brush truck and associated equipment) —$50,000
  • Elizabethville Borough/Reliance Hose Co. No. 1 (Pierce Pumper Truck debt reduction) —$40,000
  • Berrysburg Municipal Authority (sewage treatment plant system project) —$34,000
  • Reed Township (contribution to debt payment on aerial fire apparatus) —$37,000
  • Harrisburg Rugby Football Club (design and construction of rugby fields and related improvements) —$50,000
  • Dauphin County Library System (integration of downtown library facilities) —$75,000
  • The Salvation Army (food recovery, assistance and nutrition services program) —$69,690
  • Harrisburg Scottish Rite Cathedral and Masonic Theatre (lighting conversion project) —$34,720
  • Court Administration for Magisterial District Judges (debt reduction on construction of new MDJ facilities) —$170,000
  • Williamstown Borough/ Williamstown American Legion Post 239 (JFK Hall renovations to bathroom facilities) —$63,560
  • Wiconisco Fire Engine Co. (debt reduction on new fire rescue) —$40,000
  • Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (Camp Small Valley capital improvements) —$53,000
  • Keystone Service Systems, Inc. (Capital Area Head Start service dogs) —$50,000
  • CASA Charter School Foundation (academic classroom expansion project) —$75,000
  • Harrisburg City School District (John Harris Campus security camera replacements) —$47,500
  • Gamut Theatre (debt reduction on building renovation) —$45,000
  • GreenWorks Development (redevelopment of Midtown Harrisburg mixed-use project) —$75,000
  • Susquehanna Art Museum (replacement of recreational vehicle for VanGo! art gallery) —$60,000
  • Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church (renovation, repair and restoration of Church facility) —$51,000
  • Breaking the Chainz (repairs to apartment building for displaced families working with Dauphin Co. Children & Youth Services and other agencies) —$35,000
  • Driven From Within (support for after-school programs, youth tutoring, college tours and classes) —$5,000
  • D&H Distributing (construction of new training center) —$33,486
  • Harrisburg Area Community College (purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus system for public safety training programs) —$75,000
  • Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (renovations to create Innovation Studio for STEAM education) —$75,000
  • Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (fire Department restroom renovation project) —$21,825
  • Panther Ram Foundation (Central Dauphin School District Nutri-packs program) —$50,000
  • Harrisburg University (HUE Festival and renovation of academic space) —$75,000
  • The Nativity School (new school facility Phase II renovations) —$75,000
  • Camp Curtin YMCA (design and construction of affordable housing) —$75,000
  • The Homeland Center (security infrastructure improvements and visitor management) —$56,000
  • Middletown Volunteer Fire Dept. (pumper Truck debt reduction) —$94,978
  • Phase 4 Learning Center, Inc. (update existing and acquire new technology resources conditioned upon resources being used in Dauphin Co.) —$74,874
  • Penn State University (Harrisburg Innovation Park planning project) —$35,000
  • Ghost Brewing Company d/b/a Rubber Soul (phase II construction of brewery) —$85,000
  • Hanna Education Foundation (food pantry enhancement) —$25,000
  • Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania (construction of tiny homes community for veterans conditioned upon matching funds being obtained for the project) —$69,000
  • Capital Area Soccer Association (upgrade Ranger and George Park Fields) —$25,000
  • Catholic Charities (Saint Samuel Center windows and door replacements) —$25,000
  • Downtown Daily Bread (debt service on installation of air-conditioning in day shelter) —$20,000
  • Farm of Hope (improvements to driveways and walkways at farm serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities) —$15,000
  • The National Civil War Museum (reduction of long-term debt) —$25,000
  • OC Highway LLC (renovate Opportunity House to provide housing, life skills and vocational training) —$75,000
  • The Program, It’s About Change (reduction of debt on Phase I renovations of Ray of Hope House) —$50,000
  • Cyrene Lodge 169 (building repairs and tree removal) —$29,250
  • Linglestown Baseball Association (Koons Park Baseball Field Upgrades) —$68,500
  • The Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg (renovations and upgrades to facilities and purchase of a wheelchair accessible bus) —$75,000
  • Ecumenical Community of Harrisburg (portico replacement and deck) —$10,000
  • Capital Region Literacy Council (purchase and distribution of new children’s books) —$20,000
  • Communities in Schools of PA (renovate local headquarters and establish a youth Re-engagement Center) —$27,000
  • Devon Manor Pool and Swim Club (infrastructure and facilities improvements) —$25,000
  • Hospice of Central PA (conference room safety, technology and intake area upgrades) —$25,000
  • Hummelstown Area Historical Society (restoration of the Parish House building) —$25,000
  • Middletown Swim Club (repairs and upgrades to pool facility) —$17,167
  • New Birth of Freedom Council, Boy Scouts of America (Scoutreach Program Dauphin County affordability and accessibility initiative) —$15,000
  • Pop’s House (debt reduction on acquisition of home for veterans conditioned upon funds being applied to payoff IDA loan) —$30,000
  • Summit Terrace Neighborhood Association (upgrade and revitalize community building and fund technology upgrades) —$10,000
  • Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority (administration) —$650,000


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