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Grant Procedures for Departments

In 2002, a coalition of Indian Tribes successfully obtained passage of Proposition 202, whereby the State was authorized to enter into Tribal/State Gaming Compacts with individual Tribes.

The new Compacts allowed for expanded tribal gaming devices, additional games, and pari-mutuel wagering. In exchange, Tribes agreed to share a portion of gaming revenues with the State and its counties, cities, and towns. Tribes award funds for public safety (police, fire, EMS), transportation, health care services, economic development, and education using funds from Casino revenues.

The State requires all grant applications that are submitted to one of Arizona’s Tribes for shared revenue resulting from gaming pass-through a local government entity. As a local government entity, Pinal County may be requested by non-profits and other agencies to act as a pass-through for grant applications.

Should the grant be approved by a Tribe, the State also requires Tribes to route the funds through the local government entity acting as a channel for the funds, instead of providing the funds directly to the applicant. The Tribes still bear responsibility for review of grant applications, and the County only acts as a pass-through for delivery of the awards decided by the Tribes.

Pinal County serves as a conduit agency only, should a grant be awarded, and disclaims responsibility for monitoring, accounting, or reporting on how the recipient organization is using the funds.

The procedures that follow outline the steps required to obtain Pinal County approval to apply to a Tribe. Once approval is obtained, an Agency may submit an application directly to the Tribe. For questions contact the Grants Coordinator in the Financial Department.

The following procedures apply only to external agencies (nonprofits, schools, etc.). County Departments seeking Tribal grants would still follow the standard County internal procedures for Grants (County Policy 8.20) and therefore may disregard the following.
Application Procedures for Nonprofit Agencies
  1. Print the Pinal County Approval form:
    Tribal Grant Approval Form (pdf)
    Tribal Grant Approval Form (word)
  2. Fill out the form and attach the requested documents (use a separate form for each Tribe).
  3. Email the assembled packet to
  4. An email notifying you of your approval status and any approval documents will be sent to you.  Approval documents may include a resolution or signed application forms, depending on the Tribe.  Please check with the Tribes to be sure that you are informed of their different  requirements.
  5. Once notified, you may apply directly to a Tribe.

Due Dates

Gila River Indian Community Grants:  
            County's Due Date:  March 9, 2018
            Tribe's Due Date:  March 30, 2018

Tohono O'odham: 
            County's Due Date:  June 1, 2018
            Tribe's Due Date:  June 16, 2018

San Carlos Apache Tribe: 
            County's Due Date:  TBD
            Tribe's Due Date:  Not Yet Released

            County's Due Date:  June 13, 2018
            Tribe's Due Date:  July 13, 2018

It is the responsibility of the applicant to understand the due dates and application requirements of the Tribes, and to apply directly to the Tribes once authorization is received from the County.


 Links to Tribal Information