Peabody foundation issues grants

Peabody Community Foundation awarded $10,068 in grants to 11 area groups Saturday, Feb. 3, at the annual Pancake Day at Peabody Senior Center.

More than 150 people attended the event, where funds were raised for the ongoing work and future grants by PCF.

The largest individual grant was $4,000 to the Peabody Hearts for Hart Park, an organization working to improve the playground in one of Peabody’s parks.

Hannah Bourbon, who accepted the grant on behalf of the group, said, “This donation will help us continue to update the park, cleaning up the paint and repainting equipment. Right now were looking to replace swings and slides. This will be a long-term project starting this spring.”

The youth of Peabody will benefit from $2,800 in grants to USD 398 and other programs. The middle school Rewards Program and Warrior Recycling were funded.

Grants supported middle school students participation in a healthy relationships program at Kansas Learning Center for Health, The Hub for improvements of electronics, and the Boys Scouts summer camp.

Several area charities impacting Peabody-area families received a total of $2,518. Funds for emergency assistance were granted to Families and Communities Together, funds for milk through the Marion County Food Bank, and supporting grants were awarded to CASA court-appointed child advocates and Circles of Marion County.

The Peabody Township Library received $750 to replace window blinds in the Ann Potter Room, a community meeting space on the lower level of the library.

The Peabody Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity, and an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation.