Dublin organizations would add a few items to next year's bicentennial calendar if city council approves funds for the projects.

Dublin organizations would add a few items to next year's bicentennial calendar if city council approves funds for the projects.

Council's finance committee met Monday to review grant applications for bicentennial and annual hotel/motel tax funds. Three bicentennial-related requests were among the eight applications that the committee plans to recommend for funding. Council is expected to vote Dec. 7.

The Dublin Women's Philanthropic Club requested $1,000 for a moveable mural celebrating the city's history.

According to club member Bev Goldie, who will paint the mural if approved, the 4-foot by 6-foot artwork would begin with a coronet band from the 1800s, transform into the Coffman High School marching band -- the city's first high school, Goldie noted -- and eventually become the Jerome and Scioto high school marching bands. The bands also would be marching past buildings and events significant to Dublin, including the Coffman Homestead, the Leatherlips sculpture and the Grounds of Remembrance veterans memorial.

The finance committee unanimously agreed to recommend funding the project.

The finance committee also agreed to recommend grants for the Blarney House Charities and the Historic Dublin Business Association for bicentennial-related activities.

Blarney House Charities asked for a $3,000 grant for the Blarney in the Alley celebration that takes place after the Independence Day parade.

Bill Jacob, a founder of Blarney House Charities, said Blarney in the Alley has a "natural fit with the bicentennial."

The 2010 event will have a bicentennial feel and offer free booths to historical organizations.

If council approves an $8,000 grant requested by the HDBA, the group will expand its annual Dublin Irish Festival volunteer celebration.

HDBA president Eric Leslie told finance committee members he would like to expand the annual appreciation night for Irish festival volunteers held in Historic Dublin. With an $8,000 grant, Leslie said the HDBA can record a video archive of key members of the community to show during the appreciation and post online. The evening also would celebrate volunteers around the community and include a community cookout, entertainment and deals at Historic Dublin businesses.

Another bicentennial-related grant was put on hold for more information. The Dublin Chamber Civic Association asked for $4,000 for artwork and a float that would reflect bicentennial themes. The committee will make a decision once it receives more information on the artwork that would be created with grant funds.