Six H/M tax grants awarded by City Council

Six grants totalling $48,819.50 were awarded to local organizations by the Hotel/Motel Grant Board. The City Council accepted the recommendations and finalized the grants during its Monday night meeting.

Board Chairman Pat Westcott told the council that the board had received eight grant applications this year and seven organizations were asked to make presentations to the grant board. The board recommended funding the following grants:

Art in Boone River Country/PRIDE in the amount of $5,500 for next year’s “Arts R Alive in Webster City” Sculpture Event in West Twin Park.

Keep Iowa Beautiful was awarded $1,000 to host its annual conference in the Sampson Room at Fuller Hall on May 7 and a service project on May 6 to plant native flowers on a local trail.

Webster City Community Theatre will use the $5,543 grant to host Camp Creamery, a week-long children’s theater camp, designed to give children ages seven and older an opportunity to work with professional actors, rehearse and perform a play for their family and friends. A portion will be used to promote the current season of productions.

Help Entertain and Restore Organization, HERO, was awarded $11,300 for the “Save the Webster Theater” project. The funds will be used to help purchase the location and file the paperwork for the organization to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Kendall Young Library was awarded $10,000 which will be used towards a digital archive project.

Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee received funds for the park’s information center. The $15,476 will cover the operating expenses, publicity, cost of special events, security system, internet, office supplies and other expenses from May to November of 2014.

Westcott told the City Council that a total of $526,579.18 has been collected through August 2013. Prior to the most recent round of applications, the board had awarded $424,726 grants. She said that after the six current grants were awarded, the grant fund would have a balance of a little over $74,000.