Dublin will give out $50,000 in grants for projects and events that celebrate the city's bicentennial next year.

Dublin will give out $50,000 in grants for projects and events that celebrate the city's bicentennial next year.

Dublin City Council's finance committee and then the full council will vet grant requests and disburse the money, funded by Dublin's bed tax, this fall.

"In this calendar year, 2009, there will be two opportunities for people to submit for bed-tax grants," said Sandra Puskarcik, Dublin's director of community relations. "We've added a deadline in May specifically for events and projects related to Dublin's bicentennial."

The bicentennial grants will follow the same guidelines used for the usual bed-tax grants.

"The events or projects could be existing initiatives that might have a bicentennial theme in the year 2010 or it can be something new that an organization would like to propose for 2010," Puskarcik said.

The city recently announced that it will take bicentennial grant proposals until May 29. Puskarcik said there were no applications as of last week, but there were ideas generated during community engagement meetings.

One idea, she said, was a class reunion weekend on Independence Day weekend.

"That's something that's never been done before and it encourages people to come back," she said. "Council also approved $10,000 for community relations to begin filming our more senior adults. Specifically what we do with that video has yet to be determined. There could be a proposal for that."

Events and projects that receive funding from the city will complement city events.

"We will be using existing city funds and events to celebrate the bicentennial," Puskarcik said. "In 2010 what you can expect to see is existing events that have a bicentennial feel."

The Independence Day celebration could be the "hallmark event for the year," she said.

"In addition to celebrating the bicentennial we certainly want to use it as a year to recognize achievements in the past. We will also use this as an opportunity to educate and enlighten new residents of Dublin's rich history."

Information on submitting a grant for a bicentennial event or project can be found on Dublin's Web site, www.dublin.oh.us.