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Community grants awarded in Larned, Stafford
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Moffett Stadium, Larned
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Stafford Recreation Commission building as it existed before repairs and renovations.

Golden Belt Community Foundation announced that $13,000 was recently awarded for grants that benefit two communities, Larned and Stafford.

The City of Larned received $4,000 from the Golden Belt Community Improvement Endowment Fund and Amos Bayer Endowment Fund. The grant will support the Moffett Stadium renovation, in partnership with Larned Pride, the Noon Lions Club, Larned Rec Commission and the City of Larned.

Built in 1937, the iconic Moffett Stadium is over 80 years old and in need of repairs. The locker rooms will be sealed to prevent further water damage. Other plans include replacing the batting cages.

PLAY – Parents Leading Active Youth Inc. – in partnership with the Stafford Recreation Commission, received $9,000 from the Amos Bayer Endowment Fund. The Stafford Recreation Commission recently updated, repaired and remodeled a building in Stafford that will become a public recreation center. Funds will assist with repairs to the roof.

These repairs make it possible for PLAY and the Stafford Recreation to move forward with plans to make the center a community destination point for recreation and fitness, public events and educational projects for all ages. 

Golden Belt Community Foundation’s competitive grants receive applications from several area nonprofits with a variety of programs and projects in its four-county service area. Awards are based on projects most closely aligned with specific grant criteria and available funding. Funds awarded in this grant cycle aimed to support a wide variety of needs in Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties that serve the community at large, including but not limited to quality of life improvements, arts and culture, enhancing community destination points, charitable economic opportunity, and planning and development. Favorable projects leverage matching funds and partnerships for greater community impact. 

Golden Belt Community Foundation exists to provide nonprofit organizations in central Kansas with a permanent source of support and to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving for donors. For more information call 620-792-3000 or visit the website