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Tribal Grant

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 non-profit. 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 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 non-profit may submit an application directly to the Tribe. For questions contact
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 approval email will be sent to you.
  5. Once notified, you may apply directly to a Tribe.

Due Dates

Gila River Indian Community Grants:  
            County's Due Date:  March 2, 2020
            Tribe's Due Date:  April 3, 2020

Tohono O'odham: 
            County's Due Date:  May 22, 2020
            Tribe's Due Date:  June 12, 2020

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

            County's Due Date:  June 6, 2020
            Tribe's Due Date:  July 10, 2020

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


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