The McKinney Community Development Corp. awarded $47,000 to several organizations that help enhance the quality of life for McKinney residents, a vital mission for the MCDC.

“Local dining and shopping in McKinney enables the McKinney Community Development Corp. to fund project and promotional grants that support tourism and business development. The members of the MCDC board of directors recognize the positive impact seen in the community as a result of these events and welcome the opportunity to support organizations that support tourism and business activity and enhance quality of life in McKinney,” said Scott Elliott, MCDC Board Chair, in a news release.

The MCDC board allocates a small portion of the annual budget every year for grants designed to promote the city of McKinney through events or initiatives that support business opportunities, tourism and improve the quality of life in the community. Applications for the next cycle of promotional and community event grants will be accepted through Dec. 30.

Listed below are the grants awarded by the MCDC at its August board meeting:

• North Collin County Habitat for Humanity–Monster Mash Birthday Bash at the ReStore (2060 Couch Drive) on Oct. 17, funding amount: $4,000
• McKinney Main Street–Home for the Holidays in Historic Downtown McKinney (111 N. Tennessee St.) on Nov. 27-29, funding amount: $15,000
• Holy Family School–Believe! Run at Mitchell Park (300 W. Louisiana St.) on Nov. 28, funding amount: $4,500
• Chestnut Square Historic Village–Holiday Tour of Homes at Chestnut Square (315 S. Chestnut Square) from Dec. 5-6, funding amount: $5,600
• McKinney Rotary Club–2015 Rotary Parade of Lights in Historic Downtown McKinney (111 N. Tennessee St.) on Dec. 12, funding amount: $5,500
• St. Peter’s Episcopal Church–Empty Bowls benefitting Community Lifeline Center at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (111 N. Tennessee St.) on April 16, 2016, funding fmount: $7,000
• Chestnut Square Historic Village–Tour de Coop Chicken Coop Tour in McKinney Historic District on April 30, 2016, funding amount: $5,400