---- — OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded 11 grants to local nonprofit organizations totaling $139,473 during the Summer 2013 Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund grant cycle.
The following lists the organizations and their funded project amounts:
American Home Finding – Funding for Mandt training, security alarm system and YMCA programming for Child Emergency Shelter: $9,210.
Blakesburg Historical Society – Funding for construction of ADA compliant restroom in Blakesburg Museum: $11,000.
Bridge View Center, Inc. — Assistance for purchase of new sound system: $25,000.
Ecumenical Lord's Cupboard — Grant to purchase food items to support food insecure of Wapello County: $10,000.
Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon – Funding for dirt work and seeding of trail shoulders and open park area in Eldon: $3,239.
Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors — Funding for JFON staff to hold legal clinics to assist with immigration process: $10,000.
Ottumwa Athletic Club – Assistance with Ottumwa Youth Basketball Program: $4,000.
Seton Catholic School – Funding for the expansion of preschool/day care program: $29,743.
Southeast Iowa Symphony Association — Support of “Educational Concert for Ottumwa Schools:" $3,000.
Wapello County Historical Society — Funding for beautification and energy efficiency project in bus and train areas: $18,500.
Wapello County Sherriff’s Reserve – Grant to replace analog radios with (10) P25 digital radios: $15,782.
Bright Ideas grants are awarded competitively and reviewed by a community volunteer grant committee which includes two high school students. The program will celebrate its two-year anniversary during the month of September.
“One of our board members asked me the other day how many grants this program has awarded in its first two years, and I was surprised when I added up the 72 grants that have already been given to the 49 different nonprofits," said Kelly Genners, director of community leadership and grant-making for the Foundation. “The best thing about that is each of those 49 organizations touches the residents of our community in a unique and profound way.”
The Bright Ideas program provided its first grant in September 2011. Since that time, over $888,000 in grants have been awarded.