McKINNEY (Oct. 17, 2014) – The McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) has announced grant awards totaling $436,478 for project grants that improve the quality of life in McKinney.
The mission of the McKinney Community Development Corporation is to work proactively in partnership with others to promote and fund community, cultural and economic development projects that maintain and enhance the quality of life in McKinney. MCDC receives revenue from a half-cent sales tax and is guided by a City Council-appointed board of seven McKinney residents.
Each year, MCDC accepts grant applications for projects eligible for consideration for approval under the parameters of the Texas Local Government Code. Following submission of the grant applications, MCDC board members conduct a public hearing on the requests with presentations by each of the applicants describing the impact of proposed programs on the community. Applicants address questions, and the public has an opportunity to comment on the proposed projects.
Listed below are the grants awarded by McKinney Community Development Corporation at its September board meeting.
- TAPS (Texoma Area Paratransit System, Inc.) was approved for $218,500 for the installation of bus shelters, bus stop seating, signage and bike racks. The improvements and installation of ancillary infrastructure will provide residents in McKinney with improved mobility.
- North Collin County Habitat for Humanity received a grant totaling $188,870 for neighborhood revitalization initiative projects, and land acquisition / lot preparation for construction of affordable housing. The grant will support the acquisition of six lots for affordable housing, surveys and preparation of ten lots, in addition to supporting the neighborhood revitalization initiative’s 27 exterior home repairs and a success measures training and program.
- The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary was approved for $17,108 for construction of a retaining wall, installation of railing and installation of lighting. The retaining wall will separate the amphitheater from the service road, and the railing will be installed on the retainer wall. Additionally, streetlights will be installed to improve visibility during evening events.
- Heritage Guild of Collin County will receive a grant of $12,000 for improvements to the Dulaney House at Chestnut Square Historic Village in preparation for conversion to a bed and breakfast facility. The grant from MCDC will fund electrical improvements.
“Sales tax dollars generated from local dining and shopping make it possible to fund project grants that improve the quality of life in McKinney. The members of the McKinney Community Development Corporation board of directors recognize the positive impact seen in the community as a result of these projects and welcome the opportunity to support organizations that enhance quality of life in McKinney,” said Cindy Schneible, MCDC Executive Director.
In addition to project grant awards, each year, the MCDC board allocates funds for grants designed to promote the City of McKinney through events or other initiatives that support tourism and promote the city for the purpose of business development. Applications for the next cycle of promotional and community event grants will be accepted through Jan. 2, 2015.
About the McKinney Community Development Corporation
The McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) is an organization with a mission to promote and preserve the quality of life in McKinney. It was established in 1996 when McKinney voters approved a one-half cent sales tax to be used to enhance McKinney's aesthetic, cultural and leisure amenities. MCDC is guided by a volunteer board of seven McKinney residents appointed by the City Council. The board, along with its Executive Director, is tasked with identifying potential quality of life projects, reviewing grant funding requests and serving as responsible stewards of approximately $8 million taxpayer dollars generated annually through the half-cent sales tax. For more information visit mckinneycdc.org.