Dublin Villager

City awards hotel/motel tax revenue grants

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Dublin will aid organizations with $131,472 in grants.

Dublin City Council members last week approved 2014 hotel/motel tax grants for 13 organizations with events that impact the city.

The city has $200,000 budgeted for 2014 hotel/motel tax grants. The money comes from a tax on hotel rooms in the city.

Dublin for the first time awarded a grant to the National Intercollegiate Flying Association for a 2014 flying competition for students.

Although the event is at Don Scott Airport in northwest Columbus, "they do use Dublin hotels and they bring in far more money than we are giving them," Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said.

The grant included $8,000 for facility rentals, trophies and an award banquet.

Other groups approved for grants are:

* The Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show will receive up to $10,000 for city services for its summer event.

* Club Ohio Soccer will get $12,300. Up to $10,500 of that will go to city services for the Nike Challenge Cup and $1,800 will go to soccer field rental for the Fall Classic Tournament.

* The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau will get $7,500, a matching grant for its Irish Experience program that brings Irish activities to Dublin businesses.

* The Dublin Scioto High School Boosters will get up to $6,000 in city services for the Ohio Middle School Tournament.

* For the Dublin Charity Cup, the Dublin Soccer League received a $21,672 grant.

* The Dublin Youth Athletics snagged a $19,500 grant to pay for city services for the Wayne Williams Memorial Baseball Tournament.

* The Dublin Historical Society was awarded $4,500 to make a video of a guided tour of the Coffman House and barn.

*Dublin Community Bands was granted $10,000 and $6,000 will go to an event manager.

The rest of the money will cover the cost of event marketing.

* Dublin Special Olympics plans to host the 2014 Shamrock Games this summer and received a $5,000 grant to cover facilities, awards, equipment and T-shirts for volunteers.

* For the annual Frog Jump, the Dublin Kiwanis Club received $5,000 for city services and up to $2,000 for banners.

* The Historic Dublin Business Association was granted $20,000 for its 2014 engagement campaign.

* For its annual homecoming parade, Jerome High School got a $1,000 grant to pay for city services.

The Finance Committee made no recommendation about a request from the Dublin AM Rotary.

Chinnici-Zuercher said the committee required more information about a plan to bring the Blarney Bash back and will make a decision on the request later.

A grant request from the Dublin United Soccer Club for $4,000 was denied because representatives failed to attend a Finance Committee meeting where grants were reviewed, Chinnici-Zuercher said.