Nearly $150,000 in grants for local nonprofits were approved by Dublin City Council this week.

Nearly $150,000 in grants for local nonprofits were approved by Dublin City Council this week.

The Dublin City Council finance committee met last week to hear $250,000 in grant requests for 2012 hotel/motel-tax grants and made a recommendation to council to approve 14 applications. Council had $175,000 in hotel/motel taxes to distribute.

Council members approved the recommendations Jan. 23.

Grants approved include up to $2,000 for city services for a new charity run organized by the Sells Middle School PTO.

Lorene Hetherington, Sells PTO president, told finance committee members the first charity 5K is set for April 28 and will involve students, parents and community members.

"We want to encourage kids to do community service," she said.

Sells Middle School currently has three teachers dealing with cancer, so proceeds from the race could benefit the American Cancer Society as well as groups that deal with pancreatic and colon cancer. According to the grant application, students will vote on the charity.

The grant application requested $2,000 for banners advertising the race to hang in Historic Dublin.

Community-relations director Sandra Puskarcik told finance committee members last week that the city has little space available for banners that hang from light poles in Historic Dublin. The city also tries to hang banners with themes that encompass several things.

Rather than fund the banners, committee member Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher suggested approving up to $2,000 to pay for city services related to the event.

A cooling system for the Miracle League to use at Darree Fields also was approved. The nonprofit group that runs a baseball league for the disabled will get up to $10,000 for misting fans to cool the players on hot days.

Other grants approved are:

• Up to $895 for city services for the Jerome High School Homecoming parade.

• Two grants for the Historic Dublin Business Association for a total of $30,000. A grant of $20,000 would fund events in Historic Dublin such as Slainte Thursdays. A $10,000 grant would fund a Light Up Dublin program.

• Up to $5,750 to offset city services for the Dublin Kiwanis' annual frog jump.

• Up to $10,000 for city services to the Arthritis Foundation's classic auto show. A third day was added to the event this year.

• Up to $28,500 to Dublin Youth Athletics for the Wayne Williams Memorial Baseball Tournament and Nations Baseball State Tournament.

• Up to $1,600 in city services to the U13 Central Ohio Select Baseball Team for the U13 Central Ohio Select Baseball Invitational.

• About $30,000 to the Dublin Soccer League to fund the replacement of goals for soccer goals at Avery Park.

• A little over $5,000 to the Ohio Premier Girls Soccer Club for the OP Invitational Soccer Tournament.

• A grant of $5,000 for the Dublin Scioto High School La-crosse Boosters to help offset Ohio Middle School Tournament costs.

• A grant of $2,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dublin to fund safety kits for participants of the Teen Driving Roadeo.

• The Ohio Cycling Association received a $1,800 grant for the Cyclocross Championships that will be held in Dublin.

• A $5,500 grant went to Dublin City Schools for the annual drum and bugle show, the Emerald City Games.

• Dublin Community Bands was given $2,500 to create a long-term plan for the new group.