Destination Hilliard has been awarded a $10,000 grant for a geocaching event in 2012, it was recently announced.

Destination Hilliard has been awarded a $10,000 grant for a geocaching event in 2012, it was recently announced.

In geocaching, participants use a global positioning system (GPS) to find containers or boxes (caches) at various locations. Hilliard’s geocaching event, to be held between May 12 and Dec. 31, will have participants seeking caches at 20 sites in a 200-minute period, culminating in a drawing for a gift valued at $200.

“When we wrote the grant, we wrote everything around 200,” said Destination Hilliard executive director Christy Clark. “Our topic is Explore the heart of Hilliard in 200 minutes.”

The grant allows the organization to buy some GPS receivers, which will be loaned to participants in exchange for a credit card, Clark said. Return the GPS, and the card will be returned.

“It’s almost a free activity for a family,” Clark said.

The 20 sites will be determined in January, but they will have to be close to each other in order for participants to accomplish the task in 200 minutes. Destination Hilliard is looking at sites that celebrate the city’s past, present, or future.

“We’re excited because it’s another way to collaborate with all of these organizations to promote Hilliard,” Clark said. “It’s a win for the whole community.”

It’s also a win for Columbus, which is celebrating its bicentennial in 2012.

“A number of organizations are working with the city of Columbus to promote their 200th birthday,” Clark said. “One of the initiatives is to work regionally with the suburbs so that we can all benefit and promote Columbus for people to visit.”

Destination Hilliard was in the first round of recipients in the Chase 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant Program sponsored by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Fourteen projects totaling $90,000 were funded (including $10,000 for a Westerville Legacy Train Depot), with $110,000 to be distributed next year. Nonprofit organizations in Franklin County neighborhoods and contiguous counties are eligible for up to $10,000 in grants based on creativity, resident engagement, collaboration, and thematic consistency with the 200Columbus Celebration.

“These are projects that will enhance Columbus, and these well-deserved grants will help make them possible,” said Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman in a statement.

“These projects will celebrate neighborhoods large and small, to the north, south, east and west of our city’s core,” said Jeff Lyttle, region executive at Chase.