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Cary mulls grants for 8 events, including $10,000 for Main Street Fest

Trustees tentatively agree to give $10,000 to Cary Main Street Fest

Sarah Nader- snader@shawmedia.com
Nicky Covarrubias, 17, of Cary, listens to the band while attending Saturday's Cary Main Street Fest in downtown Cary September 19, 2015. The outdoor fall festival continues through Sunday an features local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, live entertainment and a children’s area. Proceeds benefit Cary Grove Area Chamber initiatives, annual community programming, beautification efforts, the Volunteer Grant Program and sponsorships throughout the year.
Sarah Nader- snader@shawmedia.com Nicky Covarrubias, 17, of Cary, listens to the band while attending Saturday's Cary Main Street Fest in downtown Cary September 19, 2015. The outdoor fall festival continues through Sunday an features local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, live entertainment and a children’s area. Proceeds benefit Cary Grove Area Chamber initiatives, annual community programming, beautification efforts, the Volunteer Grant Program and sponsorships throughout the year.

CARY – Village staff are mulling how to split up the $30,000 designated for its Community Grant Program between the eight events that applied for funding.

The grant program, proposed in October by Trustee David Chapman and approved in April, is meant to funnel some of the village’s revenue from video gaming back into the community.

Most trustees said at last week’s meeting that they’d like to see each of the eight events receive some cut of that funding.

“I’d like to split it up,” Trustee Kim Covelli said. “We have multiple requests. I’d feel bad saying, ‘You’re more important than another.’ I’d like to see us stay within the $30,000 budget and not go past that.”

Collectively, the applications asked for $85,000 in funding, Village Administrator Chris Clark said.

Most trustees said they would like to give Cary Main Street Fest, run by the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, $10,000, matching the village’s donation from last year.

“I view the festival a little bit differently,” Trustee Rick Dudek said. “It’s multiday. It’s much bigger. ... While I would like that festival at some point to be self-funded, we recognize it’s not there today.”

The other events being considered for grants are the Trojan Track and Cross Country Association’s Father’s Day 5K/10K, Saints Peter and Paul School’s Oktoberfest and Cinco de Mayo events, the Cary-Grove Jaycees’ Family Days, The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove’s summer farmers’ market, the Heroes Like Haley 5K and the Cary Soccer Association’s memorial tournament.

At the direction of trustees, staff members said they would come up with a proposal for dividing the money and bring it back to the Village Board for a vote.

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