The Ottumwa Courier

November 9, 2013

Area organizations receive more than $200K in grants

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Foundation has released its 2013 list of grant recipients, and over $200,000 has been given to 22 organizations.

Since 1981, WCF has provided assistance to 501(c) groups to complete projects they might not otherwise be able to afford. Steven Martin, senior vice president and senior trust officer at South Ottumwa Savings Bank says President Richard C. Bauerle and the WCF board continue to look for ways to benefit the community groups around them.

"If you look at the grants this year, they cover the spectrum," Martin said. "People understand that between the Wapello County Foundation and the Legacy Foundation, they're working hard to get their projects going. The positive things is that they're being supported and able to accomplish (their goals)."

This year, many groups in Ottumwa, Eldon, Eddyville and Blakesburg will be receiving grant money. Ranging in category from scholarship and classroom equipment to emergency warning systems and new roofs, the organizations will now be able to proceed in ways they couldn't before.

"The equipment we'll be able to purchase with these funds will give us more opportunity to preserve what we have, get more pieces on loan and give us the opportunity to get more of our own items for display," American Gothic House Center Administrator Holly Berg said.

This is the 25th consecutive year of grants by the foundation, and this year's funds bring the grant total to $2.2 million.

The Board of Directors of the Wapello County Foundation announced the following grants for 2013: Cardinal Community Schools, English scholarship -- $1,000 Gothic Area Tourism, Strother Park -- $4,835 City of Eddyville, City Park -- $13,800 Ottumwa Symphony, spring concert -- $4,000 Ottumwa Civic Music, Vocaldente concert -- $4,000 SE Iowa Symphony, Kidsyphony and artist -- $4,000 American Gothic Art Festival, music theater -- $4,000 City of Ottumwa, playground equipment -- $30,000 McHaffey Opera House, restoration -- $3,450 American Gothic House, preservation of items -- $1,996 Wapello County Historical Museum, new roof -- $25,000 Food Bank of Southern Iowa, new furnaces -- $7,700 Ottumwa Convention Center, redesign website -- $1,850 Main Street Ottumwa, movie equipment -- $5,200 Bridgeview Center, sound system -- $27,970 Ottumwa Community Schools, vocal/acoustical shells, robotics and swim equipment -- $22,139 Ottumwa Special Olympics, activities support -- $4,200 Ottumwa YMCA, classroom equipment -- $9,677 Washington Township, Sioc Cemetery repair -- $5,387 Cardinal Community Schools, emergency warning system -- $12,000 Blakesburg Historical Society, insulate museum -- $3,247 TENCO, handicapped-accessible van -- $10,000 Total: $205,451