McKINNEY (March 1, 2016) — The McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) has announced grant awards totaling $50,000 for initiatives and activities in 2016 that enhance quality of life for McKinney residents, attract visitors to the community and promote the city for the purpose of developing new or expanded business opportunities.

Following submission of the grant applications, MCDC board members reviewed the requests for funding and heard presentations from each of the applicants describing the impact of their proposed programs on the local community.

“2016 marks the 20th anniversary of MCDC and we celebrate the opportunity to provide promotional support to organizations that enhance quality of life in our city by creating events that showcase our city, and support tourism and business development,” said Scott Elliott, MCDC Board Chair.

Listed below are the grants awarded by McKinney Community Development Corporation at its February board meeting:

  • 3e McKinney – Run for Cover – 1k walk; 5 and 10k runs at Collin County Veterans Memorial (6053 Weiskopf Ave., McKinney) on April 9.

Funding Amount: $3,000

  • Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney – Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney Fun Run and Festival at McKinney Boyd High School (600 N. Lake Forest Dr., McKinney) on Sept. 24.

Funding Amount: $3,000

  • Embrace Waiting Children – Fairways for Families Golf Marathon and 5k at Oak Hollow Golf Course (3005 N. McDonald St., McKinney) on June 5.

Funding Amount: $2,000

  • Heard Natural Science Museum – Texas Heritage Festival at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary (1 Nature Place, McKinney) on June 4.

Funding Amount: $2,500

  • Heritage Guild of Collin County – 2016 Historic McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square (315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney) April-November; and 2016 Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-off at Chestnut Square on June 4.

Funding Amount: $6,500

  • Kiwanis Club of McKinney – Historic McKinney Triathlon – at McKinney High School (1400 Wilson Creek Pkwy., McKinney) on April 3.

Funding Amount: $3,000

  • ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship – Gaitapalooza – at ManeGait (3160 N. Custer Rd., McKinney) on April 23.

Funding Amount: $4,000

  • McKinney Main Street – Arts in Bloom in Historic Downtown McKinney (111 Tennessee St., McKinney) on April 9.

Funding Amount: $12,000

  • Smiles Charity – Smiles Charity Concert in Adriatica (6609 Virginia Pkwy., McKinney) on May 29.

Funding Amount: $5,000

  • The WERX Foundation, Inc. – Start-up Local Competition; Innovate McKinney; Innovate Her Competition; Hot Tech Chili Cook-off – various dates and locations in McKinney.

Funding Amount: $9,000

“Local dining and shopping in McKinney generates a one-half cent sales tax that is allocated to the McKinney Community Development Corporation. A portion of this sales tax is used to award project and promotional grants that support tourism and business development in McKinney,” said Elliott.

Applications for the next cycle of promotional and community event grants will be accepted through June 30. Visit for information.


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

About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of nearly 162,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at