Fort Worth nonprofit organization Mayfest Inc. awarded grants totaling $205,000 from proceeds from its 2013 festival in Trinity Park. Mayfest Inc. presents Mayfest, a four-day family festival that attracts more than 225,000 people annually. All profits from Mayfest, more than $6.5 million to date, are distributed to its founding organizations that support the greater Fort Worth area through the beautification and recreational development of the Trinity River and local parks as well as various community programs.
This year’s grants include $38,500 to the Junior League of Fort Worth to sponsor the Kids in the Kitchen program. More than 1,000 students will participate in the 2013-2014 school year program culminating in a year-end event celebration in May. The in-school curriculum implemented in these schools will allow students to earn fitness equipment for their participation.
The City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department received a grant in the amount of $55,000 to purchase and install additional LED lights in Trinity Park and for additional solar powered, self-compacting trash containers. The LEED-certified lighting enhances the safety, visual appeal and energy efficiency of the park. Three self-compacting trash bins have been purchased through previous Mayfest grants in 2011 and 2012. Streams & Valleys Inc. received $50,000 for a new Trinity Trails Etiquette and Safety Public Awareness Campaign. Campaign elements will include signage at trailheads, advertising, social media efforts, radio spots, and outreach to local cycling groups and other trail user groups.
Additionally, each of the above organizations received $20,500 for their general operating fund from Mayfest Inc. totaling $61,500. The 42nd annual Mayfest is set for May 1-4, 2014.