OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation has announced it has awarded 15 grants to local nonprofit organizations totaling $206,890 during the Winter 2013 Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund grant cycle.
The following lists the organizations and their funded project amounts:
• AHEAD, Inc. — Grant used to provide local match to leverage SHTF dollars. Housing programs include owner-occupied housing rehab, rental rehab, tenant based rent/utility assistance and special project funds: $15,000
• American Home Finding — Support of the Day Care Center at the Ottumwa High School: $21,000
• American Red Cross — Purchase and installation of dual-sensor fire detectors with 10-year lithium batteries within city of Ottumwa by trained Ottumwa Fire Department personnel: $10,000
• Best Buddies International — Support of programmatic expenses for program at Ottumwa High School: $5,000
• Children and Families of Iowa — Grant to support various programs of the Wapello County Community Partnership for Protecting Children: $30,000
• First Resources Corp. — Support of Hope House, which is a residential substance abuse treatment center providing treatment services to women and their children: $30,000
• Friends of Iowa CASA and ICFCRB — Funding to support volunteer recruitment efforts of the CASA and FCRB programs: $10,000
• Friends of Lake Wapello State Park — Purchase of dump truck and gravel to enable park beautification: $6,000
• GOVAP — Funding for the summer 2013 production of "Peter Pan": $3,000
• Iowa Special Olympics — Support of the Ottumwa Bulldogs Special Olympics Team: $3,600
• Ottumwa Athletic Club — Funding for new video scoreboard installation at The Beach Ottumwa: $7,500
• Ottumwa Progress Inc. — Green space development located next to Market on Main including outdoor café, herb planters, patio area and water feature: $30,000
• Seton Catholic Schools — Support of educational opportunities for preschool and elementary children through after-school program: $20,000
• Victory Ranch - Program funding for 2013 summer day camps for children and youth dealing with grief issues through equestrian therapy: $10,290
• YMCA — Support of Growing Community Connections project through funding of computer upgrade: $5,500
Bright Ideas grants are awarded competitively. There were more than $437,000 in projects submitted during this funding cycle eligible to be reviewed by the Grants Committee.
“Within this program, one that has not yet reached its second birthday, close to three-fourths of a $1 million has been distributed to our nonprofits. In many cases, this funding is absolutely critical to their survival and to the survival of the programs and services they provide. We are proud to partner with them in this vital work,” said Kelly Genners, the foundation's director of community leadership and grant-making.
The Bright Ideas program awarded its first grant in September 2011 and since that time 61 grants have been awarded to 45 different nonprofit organizations providing services to the city of Ottumwa and Wapello County.
The next grant cycle begins June 1. Applicants may apply online at www.orlf.org from June 1-30. Eligible applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, contact Genners at 641-455-5260 or via email at email@example.com.