Portions of the Dublin Arts Council's second Bread! Festival will be made possible by seed money from the city of Dublin.

Portions of the Dublin Arts Council's second Bread! Festival will be made possible by seed money from the city of Dublin.

The organization was recently awarded $23,000 from Dublin to go toward next year's festival.

October marked the first festival, which Arts Council Director of Engagement Janet Cooper said attracted attendees from 21 zip codes throughout Ohio.

"The response was overwhelmingly positive," Cooper said of the festival, which celebrated various cultures from around the world.

Grant money for this year will go toward funding activities at booths representing individual countries, as well as artists, multicultural music and dance, Cooper said.

The Dublin Arts Council was one of 15 organizations Dublin City Council awarded a total of $194,060 in 2017 hotel-motel tax grants.

The money is awarded annually to non-profit organizations said Faye Gibson, Dublin's director of taxation.

Applications were reviewed by city departments including events, parks and recreation and community relations.

The grants will help fund events the non-profit organizations hold, Gibson said.

The city reviews information from the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau to learn how the organizations' previous events went in terms of room nights booked at hotels.

Gibson said council determines the amount of grant funding when the city budget is completed.

For the last 10 years, approximately $200,000 has been awarded annually.

Between 16 and 18 organizations apply annually, and most of the applications receive funding, Gibson said.

Running events are discouraged from receiving funding however, according to council policy.

Of the total amount of revenue collected annually from the city's 6 percent hotel-motel tax, the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau receives 35 percent, the Dublin Arts Council receives 25 percent and the remainder goes toward local events, Gibson said.

Cooper said the city's grant money is important to the Dublin Arts Council.

"It allows us to do some really innovative programming that really benefits the community as well as the visitors," she said.

In addition to the Dublin Arts Council, the Arthritis Foundation, Dublin Kiwanis, Dublin AM Rotary, Dublin Soccer League, Club Ohio Soccer, National Intercollegiate Flying Association, Dublin Jerome High School, Dublin Youth Athletics, Dublin Scioto Lacrosse Boosters, Dublin United Soccer Club, Ohio Premier Soccer, Historic Dublin Business Association, Ohio University and Grant's SIDS were awarded funds. In the case of Jerome High School, funds from 2016 for an event that wasn't held were allowed to roll over to next year.

Priority was given to projects that reach a wide portion of the community, attract positive media coverage and build the city's reputation as a destination.

Grants weren't considered for races requiring public road closures.

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