The Pella Community Foundation (PCF) experienced a record-breaking year, totaling $107,450 in awarded grants.

The PCF Board awarded 33 Board Directed grants to 29 local nonprofit organizations at a luncheon on Feb. 13. The grants are generally up to $5,000 each to support creative and innovative programs, services not presently offered, current or emerging charitable opportunities and occasional capital projects in the hopes of enhancing the quality of life in the community. These grants totaled $82,450.

The board also awarded it’s first-ever Impact Grant of $25,000 to the Pella Kiwanis Club’s Wonder Spelen project. Wonder Spelen is Dutch for “miracle play” and is an inclusive playground that creates a sense of community where children and adults of all ages and abilities can come together to play side by side.

The Impact Grant is intended to play a key role in providing significant funding to projects that strengthen the community by addressing major initiatives and promising opportunities. This grant seeks to create a meaningful impact around community issues.

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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