Each year the Blaine City Council awards donations to several social service and charitable organizations that operate within the City of Blaine and greater Anoka County. The source of this funding is charitable gambling proceeds; organizations that run legal gambling operations, such as pull-tabs, within Blaine are required by State law to submit 10 percent of their net proceeds to the City.
This City Council has directed the staff to collect written requests from organizations who wish to be considered for donations.
How to Submit a Request
A letter should be drafted by all organizations that wish to receive funding, including those who have been recipients in recent years.
All requests must include:
- Organization’s name
- Requested donation amount
- How the donation will be used
- Organization’s general mission
- Services provided
- How those services specifically benefit Blaine residents
Please provide any available statistics and other documentation that will support the donation request. Please note that an organization representative may be asked to appear at a city council meeting to discuss the request.
Mail or email request letter to,
Re: Charitable Gambling
City of Blaine
10801 Town Square Drive NE
Blaine, MN 55449
The Blaine City Council reserves the right to award amounts different from that requested, and may choose not to award any amount. The City Council will review all requests at a meeting each fall and funding decisions will be approved at a meeting in November or December. The City Council may request applicants to attend a workshop meeting to discuss the request or respond to any questions. Recipients will be notified of City Council’s decision at the beginning of January.
Request Letter Template
[Organization name] respectfully requests that the Blaine City Council allocate funds from Charitable Gambling proceeds to support services provided by our organization. [Introduce the activities of your organization within the City of Blaine and how the activities benefit city residents.]
[Provide a narrative that details the need for the services your organization provides and how your services address/satisfy those needs. State the funding request and the specific need(s) this funding will address. Provide any additional information, such as reduced funding from other sources, statistics of population served, or other, that will benefit the City Council in considering your request.]
State law specifically designates organizations eligible for Charitable Gambling Funds (section 349.12, subdivision 7a):