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Peabody Community Foundation offers grants

Peabody Community Foundation is again offering grants for projects to enhance the Peabody community.

Local groups or individuals with an idea for a community project are encouraged to apply by completing a short grant application form.

Applications are available at USD 398 central office, Peabody State Bank, and the city office. Applications are due to the school district office by Jan. 25.

The Peabody Community Foundation has up to $3,000 available for projects. The amounts requested and types of projects will determine whether one or more grants are funded.

Past grant awardees include Peabody Historical Society, senior center, Peabody Township Library, Peabody Main Street Association, Peabody Boy Scouts, and Sorosis Beta.

Projects funded by the grants included lights at the library, flags on Main Street, kitchen floor repairs at the senior center, a new microfilm reader and summer reading program at the library, sign at Santa Fe Park, community sign on Walnut Street, and support for local scouts to attend the national jamboree.

The nonprofit Peabody Community Foundation was established to provide a place for donors to give charitably to an endowment fund created specifically for the purpose of enhancing and maintaining the Peabody community. Contributions are tax deductible.

The foundation has been growing through donations and earnings, and there are now sufficient funds to offer an annual grant. This year’s grant will be awarded at the foundation’s annual Ground Hog Day pancake feed fundraiser in February.

If you have any questions about the foundation or the grant, please contact a board member. The current board of directors includes Mary Avery, Ross Baker, Lynn Berns, Sharlene Brooks, Brad Nightengale, N.M. Patton, Barry Peter, and Lewis Unruh, with Chuck Good as treasurer.

Last modified Dec. 8, 2010

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