2% Applications - GT Band

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians participates in an inter-governmental cooperative effort with local units of government. Twice each year, the Grand Traverse Band sets aside 2% of its video gaming revenue (PDF), to allocate to local units of government for services provided to the tribes and for impacts associated with the existence and location of the tribal casino in its vicinity (and shall receive no less than an amount equivalent to its share of ad valorem property taxes).

Grant Applications

Grant applications (PDF) are to be submitted by local units of government (i.e. local township, village, city, county board of commissioners, public school system).

Unless there are changes to the compact currently being renegotiated with the state of Michigan, all applications for the Spring cycle are due to the tribe on/or before May 31st and all applications for the Fall cycle are due by November 30th.

For the Spring 2019 cycle, any applications from GTC Departments as well as outside agencies (non-profit) to be considered for submission by Grand Traverse County must be received by GT County Administration no later than close of business on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.  

Legal Contributions

In Grand Traverse County, our Civil Counsel reviews all applications to see if they meet criteria, which identifies services that the County can legally provide. (If so, the County may contract for these services.)

Contributions or appropriations which are not specifically authorized by the Constitution or State Statute cannot be authorized regardless of the worthiness of the cause. Michigan Constitution of 1963, Art 9, § 18.

Where expenditures are made to a private organization for a lawful county expense, a contract for specific services should be negotiated and clearly define the intent and purpose of the expenditure. The provisions of the constitution and law concerning counties, townships, cities and villages are to be liberally construed in their favor. Powers granted to counties and townships by the constitution and by law shall include those fairly implied and not prohibited by the constitution. Michigan Constitution of 1963 (Art.7, § 34).

Helpful Information

Additional questions may be directed to Chris Cramer at Grand Traverse County or Mary Kelley at the Grand Traverse Band. Once applications are reviewed by the GT Band and allocations are announced for those organizations who are chosen to receive a portion of the 2% gaming revenues, they will be notified.