On Wednesday, the Turlock Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission (PARC) will consider awarding $30,000 in community grants to local agencies hosting events this summer.
PARC is now in charge of approving and administering community grants, a duty previously in the hands of the Chamber of Commerce through the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).
The Community Grant Program appropriates funds to local agencies hosting local community events that are intended to bring people to Turlock, such as the Fourth of July firework show.
The CVB previously administered community grants through a community committee, however, with the Turlcok Chamber submitting their 90-day CVB contract termination with the City of Turlock in February, they are no longer handling bids for this year.
In March, Turlock City Council charged PARC with appropriating the money for community grants for the rest of the fiscal year.
PARC is considering seven community grants on Wednesday, including $8,000 for the Fourth of July fireworks celebration at California State University, Stanislaus and $5,000 for the Central Valley Brewfest.
For the first time since being cancelled in 2009, the annual Fourth of July firework show is returning to CSU Stanislaus. To help pay for the celebration, which is estimated to cost $20,000 total, according to the bid, the Chamber of Commerce is requesting $8,000 from the Community Grant Program.
PARC will also consider appropriating $5,000 for the third annual Central Valley Brewfest, hosted on May 9 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds.
Brewfest brings the the top craft brewers from across the state of California and the nation, including local brewers Dust Bowl Brewing Co. and Central Valley powerhouse Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co., of Fresno, and allows guest to taste some of the best beer around.
This year’s Brewfest, which is estimated to cost $20,000, is preparing for approximately 1,300 guests.
Additionally, PARC will consider the following community grant bids:
- $2,500 for Central Valley Vinofest
- $3,000 for Fourth of July Downtown Parade
- $3,500 for Monster Truck Spring Nationals
- $5,000 for Turlock Community Theatre
- $3,000 for Stanislaus County Fair
PARC will have the power to award all or a portion of the requested dollars to any or all of the bidders.
In total, $30,000 is being requested from the Community Grant Program at this time. There was $45,000 available for this funding cycle, which ends on July 30. On March 17, Turlock City Council awarded $6,000 total for CSU Stanislaus’ Tournament of Champion and Turlock Lake Road Race. If approved in full, there would be $9,000 available for the remainder of the fiscal year.
PARC will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Yosemite Room of Turlock City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.