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Fall 2015 Bright Ideas Grant Awards Announced

The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation is proud to announce the names of their newest Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund partners as ten grants were recently awarded to local non-profit organizations totaling over $137,957.  The Bright Ideas program is the competitive grant program for the Legacy Foundation created to support the work of nonprofit organizations in Wapello County.  To date, the program has supported 76 individual nonprofits providing essential programs and services in Wapello County.

The following lists the organizations and their funded project amounts:

American Home Finding – Grant to be used for travel expenses related to the Foster Grandparents Program: $6,000

American Red Cross  – Grant to be used for fire alarm installation campaign in Wapello County: $10,000

Blakesburg Summer Ball Parents – Grant to be used to assist in the purchase of new ball field lights at the Blakesburg Little League ball field: $20,000

Friends of Lake Wapello – Grant to be used to purchase equipment for Lake Wapello bait house to be rented to support operations: $6,000

Iowa Babe Ruth Leagues – Grant to be used for to purchase new bleachers for the Ottumwa Youth Baseball Complex in anticipation for the World Series event in August 2016: $30,000

Iowa Legal Aid – Grant to be used to upgrade technology through the purchase of dictation equipment, printers and desktop computers: $3,750

Ottumwa Athletic Club – Grant to be used for expenses in relation to the startup of a trapshooting program at Evans Middle School: $9,050

Ottumwa Community Players – Grant to be used to purchase a wireless microphone system: $20,000

Ottumwa High School Music Boosters – Grant to be used to purchase beginner instruments (7 violins, 3 cellos and bows) for the Ottumwa Schools Orchestra program: $8,157

The Bridge Church – Grant to be used for expenses related to renovation of former YWCA building in downtown Ottumwa.  Building will be utilized to house community programs: $30,000

The next cycle for Bright Ideas will be open to accept online applications from February 1st – February 29th with award decisions announced mid-April.  Eligible applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization providing services within Wapello County.  All applications must be submitted via online system at Since its inception in September of 2011, the Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund has awarded 159 grants totaling over $1.9 million dollars.  For more information about the program contact Kelly Genners at