The Truman Heartland Community Foundation, based in Independence, has announced more than $290,000 in grants to 51 nonprofit groups.

The grants, from $1,000 to nearly $23,000, were announced at a luncheon in Blue Springs earlier this month. The foundation looks to give in four areas: education, community betterment, arts and humanities, and health and welfare.

The grants include:

• $2,800 to Downtown Alive! in Blue Springs to build free “little libraries” at the entrance of all 14 elementary schools in the Blue Springs School District.

• $11,000 to the Community Services League to staff the group’s Financial Opportunity Center in Independence, which helps clients with budgeting, financial planning and seeking employment.

• $22,358 to Junior Achievement of Middle America for a program called Start with the End in Mind at Truman, Van Horn and William Chrisman high schools in Independence. The program, aimed at 1,000 low-income students in its first year, is about achieving financial stability as an adult. Junior Achievement also is getting $5,000 for a program, Bringing Business Back to the Classroom, in the Fort Osage School District elementary schools.

• $15,000 to expand a Missouri College Advising Corps program, already in the two Raytown high school schools, to Fort Osage, William Chrisman and Van Horn high schools as well. The program tracks and helps college-bound seniors through the summer.

• $5,000 to the Kansas City Symphony for KinderKonzerts, for kindergarteners through third graders.

• $2,300 to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to bus 1,500 Eastern Jackson County students to attend matinee performances of the Lyric Opera, the Kansas City Ballet and Symphony KC.

• $8,000 to the Marion Hope Center for Children’s Therapy in Independence for the assessment of child development, therapeutic intervention and adapting activities to children’s specific needs. Partial funding from the KC Metro Men’s Chorus, the HMF Beaudoin Family Foundation, the L.D. Koirtyohann Family Fund and the Youth Advisory Council.

• $4,000 to the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault for Project Aware presentations in schools in Eastern Jackson County.

• $10,000 to transport 150 Eastern Jackson County third through fifth graders to Powell Gardens for its Good to Grow program.

• $3,000 to the Powerhouse Theatre Foundation to build an animatronic dragon at the Enchanted Forest, which is held on the weekends ahead of Halloween. Some funding is from the Dave and Connie Mayta Charitable Fund.

• $1,280 for Rachel House, which has a facility in Independence, for a client service paperless project. Partial funding is from the KC Metro Men’s Chorus.

• $20,000 in ongoing funding to the Drumm Farm Center for Children in Independence for its educational support program.

• $1,500 to support the weekly neighborhood dinner, free to all, at Stone Church in Independence. Some funding is from the Junior Service League in Independence.

• $5,000 to the Child Abuse Prevention Association in Independence for family support services. Partial funding is from the Duvall Family Foundation for Children and the KC Metro Men’s Chorus.

• $1,150 for art and music supplies for the Marillac Blue Springs Day Treatment School.

• $4,500 to Cancer Action for its nutritional supplement program. Cancer Action has three locations, including one in Independence. Some funding is from the KC Metro Men’s Chorus.

• $10,000 to the Music-Arts Institute in Independence for scholarships for music lessons and $3,500 (some from the Samuel W. Edmunds Charitable Fund) to begin a second choir for younger children.

• $3,000 for the NorthWest Communities Development Corp. in the Fairmount area of Independence for its bus, which takes seniors to the grocery store and other places. Some funding is from the KC Metro Men’s Chorus.

• $3,800 to Play to Learn Ministries in Blue Springs for tuition assistance for families that are struggling financially and for a parenting class. Some funding is from the KC Metro Men’s Chorus and the Cliff and Diane Jones Foundation.

• $5,000 for the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders in Blue Springs for raised garden beds and supplies. Partial funding is from the Youth Advisory Council.

• $6,950 to the Saint Luke’s East Hospital Athletic Heart Clinic to provide cardiac screening for 55 student-athletes in Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit.

• $1,000 to the Sugar Creek Community Development Corporation to expand the community garden.

• $5,000 to the Family Conservancy for case management and monthly stipends for students in Eastern Jackson County who are living with or being supported by their parents. Some funding is from the KC Metro Men’s Chorus, the HMF Beaudoin Family Foundation and the Youth Advisory Council.

• $13,000 for the University of Missouri Extension in Jackson County for an after-school robotics team.

• $3,000 to the Blue Springs Family YMCA for swimming lessons for children with special needs. Some funding is from the Junior Service League.

• $5,600 to Angel Flight Central of Kansas City, for a program to coordinate volunteer pilots to transport residents of Eastern Jackson County needing specialized medical care. Some funding is from the Junior Service League.

• $3,500 to Arts & AGEing in Kansas City for performances to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s. Some funding is from the HMF Beaudoin Family Foundation.

• $5,000 to Kansas City Hospice for medical equipment in suburban Jackson County.