The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation will open up its first responsive grant-making round for the 2016 year beginning February 1st. Since its inception in 2011, the Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund program has awarded over $1.9 million dollars through 159 grants to 76 different non-profit organizations in Wapello County. Funded projects have encompassed the areas of arts & culture, education, health, public safety, social services, animal welfare, housing & shelter, youth development, recreation & sports and community vitality. Up to $150,000 in grant awards have been allocated for this round. “It is always exciting to open up a new season of Bright Ideas grants,” stated Kelly Genners. “It is an opportunity for us to advance the promising ideas of our nonprofit partners that will make our community a strong and more vibrant place.”
Applying organizations must be an IRS designated 501(c)3 not-for-profit providing services in Wapello County. Grant requests are allowable up to $30,000. Applicants must complete and submit the online application at www.orlf.org by 5:00 p.m. on February 29, 2016 to be eligible for consideration. Qualifying organizations that have further questions can contact Kelly Genners at (641) 455-5260 for more information.