Oregon Council On Problem Gambling Solicits Aid, Offers Funding For Research

Written By Derek Helling on June 14, 2022
Problem Gambling Research Is Still Available With Grant Money In Oregon

Organizations connected to gambling have put their money where their mouths are when it comes to addressing Oregon’s problem gambling. Now, they want help in deciding what to talk about.

The first funding cycle of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling has a new deadline for research proposals. The request for proposals is quite broad and could benefit gamblers both in and outside of Oregon.

Oregon problem gambling research wanted

If you’ve got the brains, the OCPG has the money. Furthermore, you’ve got the balance of this month to get your request in. In a Monday press release, the OCPG announced it is extending its deadline for proposals to June 30.

The release states that funding is available for projects that,

“Develop expertise in the areas of gambling, problem gambling, problem gambling services, workforce development, or gambling policy.”

The scope of the potential recipients of funding is large. The release specifically mentions:

  • Best practices for effective player protections
  • Gambling in underserved communities
  • Implications for policy changes in Oregon
  • Marketing of treatment
  • Role of new technologies in gambling
  • Sports betting
  • Youth gambling

While the research preferably focuses on Oregon, the Council looks to inform lasting solutions to promote responsible gambling in the nation as well. Even proposals seeking to re-evaluate existing data are up for consideration.

The funding for such projects comes from some of the greatest beneficiaries of legal gambling in Oregon.

Oregon gambling companies funding grants

Many of the most active gaming entities in the state have provided funding to support the research grants. That list includes:

  • Aristocrat Gaming
  • Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation
  • IGT
  • Oregon Lottery
  • Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund
  • Three Rivers Foundation

Legal gambling in Oregon includes historical horse racing, in-person wagering on sports plus slots and table games at tribal casinos, online sports betting via DraftKings, and pari-mutuel betting on live horse races. Naturally, state lottery games are also available.

The OCPG hopes to make solutions to problem gambling accessible and robust in the state. Such solutions could begin with research that these grants support.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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