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Dublin City Council approves 12 grants

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About $125,000 in hotel/ motel grants will fund events and projects around Dublin.

Last week Dublin City Council members approved 12 grants from the hotel/motel tax fund with the goal of improving life in Dublin and attracting more visitors.

The finance committee met last month to go over grant applications and recommended funding nearly all the requests with the $200,000 budgeted.

The finance committee recommended funding 50 percent of the money requested for a community research project for the Dublin Arts Council for $10,895, but the application was withdrawn.

"They will come back if necessary after the first of the year," Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said.

The biggest grant of $25,000 went to securing the 2013 Football University Top Gun Camp, which will come to Dublin in July, attracting 1,500 of the best middle and high school football players from the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Council members previously agreed upon the expense, but included it in the approved grants.

"We had approved, as part of the application, to commit $25,000 and now we're going to use it," Chinnici-Zuercher said.

Also receiving a grant was the Historic Dublin Business Association for $20,000 for its annual engagement campaign.

Many of the usual events such as the chili cook-off and Dublin Irish Festival 5K are included as well as the change of Slainte Thursdays to the "Jig," a first Thursday outdoor music event.

The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau received a $7,500 grant for its new Irish Experience grant program. With matching funds, the group plans to grant money to Historic Dublin businesses for Irish-themed entertainment.

Chinnici-Zuercher said the idea came from a study conducted with visitors who came to Dublin.

"One of the things that came out of that was people really enjoyed coming here, but found there was a limit on the Irish (activities) in town," she said.

"This is an innovative idea the convention and visitors bureau has come up with."

Other grants given include:

* A grant of $10,000 for the Arthritis Foundation's annual Classic Auto Show for the cost of city services.

* Club Ohio Soccer received $5,000 for city services for the Nike Challenge Cup.

* Dublin Jerome High School was granted $1,000 to pay for city services for its annual homecoming parade.

* Dublin Kiwanis will receive $5,750 for city services for the Frog Jump.

* The Scioto High School Lacrosse Boosters received $5,000 to help fund a tournament that acts as a fundraiser.

* The Dublin Soccer League's Charity Cup was granted $16,832 for goals and other costs.

* A grant of $19,500 went to Dublin Youth Athletics for the Wayne Williams Tournament for city services.

* The Kiwanis Club of Greater Dublin will receive $3,500 for the last year to help fund the Teen Driving Roadeo.

* The OP Invitational Soccer Tournament organized by Ohio Premier Girls Soccer Club will get $7,700

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