Peabody Community Foundation awards two COVID-19 grants

Peabody Community Foundation (PCF) recently announced two grants to ease the strain of COVID-19 on the community: one will help sustain the Senior Center and the other to enhance programming at the Township Library.

PCF opened a Community Response Fund in March to serve the needs of qualifying not-for-profits during the pandemic and has granted a total of $4,130 to five charitable causes since then.
The Senior Center typically makes peppernuts to raise funds for the Centers utility bills but this year the board decided not take the risk.

Due to COVID-19, we do not want to put our senior citizens at risk by gathering in large groups to prepare, bake and package the peppernuts,” said Judy Mellot, the Centers board chairperson.

This project would have the potential to expose those making the peppernuts and people who come into the Center to purchase them.
“The Center provides about 40 meals daily, some are picked up, some delivered, and some eaten in the facility,” said LuAnn Bowlin, Site Manager in Peabody for North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging.
The Township Library will use grant funds towards the purchase of a digital camera for filming storytime events to be made available to children via social media. The library also plans to purchase an Elmo-type camera which will enlarge the pages of a storybook so children may view them when spaced out in a large room.
Donations came to PCFs Community Response Fund from local people and are being used to meet local needs, according to Becky Nickel, PCF Director. The PCF Community Response Fund is a pass-through fund, unlike most other PCF funds which are endowed. Contributions continue to be accepted to the fund.
Since April grants have been made to Marion County EMS for PPE for Peabody Police and Fire Fighters, to Marion County FACT to help meet needs in Peabody, and to the American Cancer Society for services in Peabody. Funds continue to be available.

Qualifying not-for-profit organizations that are experiencing stress in providing services due to the pandemic may contact PCF about applying for a grant. Further information is available from PCF at 620-951-4022 or by emailing

PCF is an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation.