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Bright Ideas Reaches Million Dollar Milestone

We are excited to share the names of our newest Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund partners as we recently awarded sixteen grants to local non-profit organizations totaling $162,720.  The following lists the organizations and their funded project amounts:

Bridge View Center – Funding for LED theatrical lighting system:  $20,000

Camp Wapello Preservation Group – Financial support for new roof, rock, grading services and supplies to enhance rifle range:  $5,520

Ecumenical Lords Cupboard – Grant to purchase computer as well as food and hygiene items for holiday baskets:  $10,000 

Food Bank of Southern Iowa – Financial assistance to purchase food and access state of Iowa match:  $25,000

Hospice – Support of the Hospice House Residential Care Facility:  $30,000

Indian Hills Community College Development Corp. – Financial sponsorship of the 10th Annual Diversity Conference at IHCC:  $3,000

Latinas Latinos – Grant provided to support “Commitment to School Success” program:  $9,800

Ottumwa Area Arts Council – Financial assistance to purchase art sculpture:  $6,000

Ottumwa Area Arts Council – Grant provided for sentry tree carving project in Ottumwa Cemetery:  $5,000 

Ottumwa Athletic Club – Support of Project Lead The Way industrial technology courses utilizing robotics kits:  $8,000 

Ottumwa High School Music Boosters – Funding for OHS Band percussion instruments:  $5,000

Ottumwa High School Music Boosters – Funding for Ottumwa High School beginner orchestra instruments:  $3,000

Ottumwa Public Library Foundation – Grant to purchase digital film scanner:  $5,520

Salvation Army – Grant to replace lighting and air conditioning at Salvation Army Thrift Store:  $8,700 

Tenco Industries – Financial assistance to purchase a wheel chair accessible van:  $10,000

Wapello County McHaffey Opera House – Grant provided for restoration of pain and stenciling in Opera House:  $5,700 

“Our Bright Ideas program celebrated a significant milestone with this latest round of grants,” stated Kelly Genners, director of community leadership and grant-making.  “We surpassed the one million dollar mark with our cumulative grant total of $1,045,825!” 

The next grant cycle will open on February 1, 2014.  Applicants may apply online at from February 1st – February 28th.  Eligible applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization. Additional questions may be referred to Chart

Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund Grants Through December, 2013 – $1,045,824

87 Grants to 55 different organizations