voted this week to accept the recommendations of city staff for grant awards for the Celebrate Kent! grant program.
The city received almost $37,000 in grant requests this year. A total $30,000 is available for disbursement.
The money is not directly given to the sponsors of the event. Rather, event organizers will be reimbursed after receipts are turned in.
Council will vote during its regular committee meeting later this month to finalize the awards.
The groups, their requests and recommended awards break down as follows:Project Title Sponsoring Organization Recommended award 2012 Request 2011 award '' 2011 Kent State welcome weekend $800 $850 $750 Kent State Folk Festival 89.7 FM $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 Grill for Good Kent Jaycees $800 $1,000 $700 'Made in Kent' series $1,500 $2,900 $1,200 Who's Your Mama Earth Day festival $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 D.I.C.E. Events (6 total) Standing Rock Cultural Arts $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 Kent Blues Fest (2nd annual) Crooked River Fine Arts Council $1,700 $3,000 $1,500 Taste of Kent Western Reserve Folk Arts Association (WRFAA) $5,350 Up from the River Music Festival WRFAA $0.00 $3,970 $0.00 Downtown Kent Ghost Walk WRFAA $700 $710 $500 Music @ the Market; Market Mural Project $1,000; $2,500 $1,300; $3,000 n/a Kent Community Dinner All Together Now Inc. $1,000 n/a n/a