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(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ The City of Columbia has announced the recipients of its Juneteenth Grant program, which aims to support events and initiatives celebrating the holiday. A total of nine applications were received and evaluated by a committee based on specific criteria, with all nine being awarded funding.

Among the events and initiatives that received funding are the "Let Freedom Ring" Gospel Celebration/Minority Vendor Show Expo, Juneteenth Kickoff Musical Celebration, COMO Juneteenth Celebration, MU Celebrates Juneteenth, A Pop-Up Display/Exhibit: We Must Not Forget the Long Journey, Columbia Cemetery United States Colored Troops Memorial, Juneteenth at Stephens Lake, Columbia's 4th Annual Juneteenth Event by The Village, and Powerhouse Annual Juneteenth Event.

In addition to these community-led events, the Parks and Recreation department will also be hosting their own programs for Juneteenth. The Convention and Visitors Bureau will also be using funds to promote all Juneteenth events in Columbia and surrounding areas.

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The City of Columbia was able to secure grant funding from the Missouri Division of Tourism last fall specifically for supporting Juneteenth celebrations across the state. After careful consideration, it was decided that distributing the funds to local event planners would have the most impact.

To oversee the distribution of funds in Columbia, an evaluation committee was appointed by the City Council and Ward 3 Council Member Roy Lovelady was chosen as the City Council liaison. Additionally, two workshops will be held for grant recipients to provide information on marketing plans, financial processes, and post-event reporting requirements. These workshops will take place on April 3rd and April 10th at 5:30 p.m. at the Walton Building.

This announcement comes after a previous press release from the City of Columbia stating that applications for the Juneteenth Grant were available. With this finalization of grant recipients, it is clear that there is a strong commitment from the city to support and celebrate Juneteenth.

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