Dublin City Council's finance committee last week heard requests for its annual hotel/ motel tax grant program that funds cultural arts, beautification of city property, improvement of Historic Dublin, special events in the city, projects and events that draw visitors or projects that enhance Dublin.
The Historic Dublin Business Association requested $20,000 for an engagement campaign that would create activities to bring people to the area and improve the Historic Dublin experience in the long term.
According to the grant request, the HDBA would change Slainte Thursdays to "the Jig," a first Thursday event with outdoor live music starting in April. Other planned events to draw people to Historic Dublin include an architectural scavenger hunt, the Dublin Irish Festival Dub Crawl, Holly Days, open houses, Twelve Elves of Dublin contest, chili cook-off and gingerbread house auction.
Other grant requests include:
* $10,000 for the Arthritis Foundation's annual car show to cover city services and other logistical costs including permit fees, security and inspection.
* $5,000 for the Nike Cup to cover city services.
* $1,000 for the Dublin Jerome High School Homecoming Parade for city services.
* $5,750 for the Dublin Kiwanis Frog Jump for city services and rentals for the event.
* $7,500 for operating costs from the Dublin Scioto High School Lacrosse Boosters' Ohio Middle School Tournament. The tournament is a fundraiser for the group.
* $16,832 for the Dublin Soccer League Charity Cup for new goals, trash and city services.
* $19,500 for the Wayne Williams Memorial Tournament for city services.
* $3,500 for the Dublin Kiwanis Teen Driving Roadeo to cover city services.
* an unknown amount for the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference 2013 at OSU airport.
* $10,500 for various costs including field maintenance fees, police and traffic control, field rental and website management for the OP Eagles Invitational Soccer Tournament.
The finance committee is expected to make recommendations on the grants at the Dec. 10 Dublin City Council meeting.