The Legacy Youth Alliance closed out 2018 by funding three local nonprofit projects. The grant recipients were selected by the Legacy Youth Alliance members from Ottumwa, Cardinal, Pekin and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont high schools. The members evaluate and score each application on their level of community impact, demonstration of collaboration or partnerships, and alignment with their funding priorities of early childhood, secondary and post-secondary education, and/or physical, mental and social health of youth. These funding priorities were chosen by members because they correlate with issues that youth face daily. The following nonprofit programs were awarded:
- Leaders in Kids Education– Funding priority: Physical and Social Health. The funding will support the purchase of age-appropriate playground equipment at Fremont Preschool.
- Agency Emergency Youth Shelter– Funding priority: Physical and Mental Health. The grant award will assist with the purchase of new beds and mattresses for the Agency Emergency Youth Shelter
- United Way of Wapello County- Funding priority: Physical Health. The grant award will be used to replace the raised garden beds in the Food Pantry Garden. The garden raises over 3,000 pounds of fresh food each year that is distributed through food pantries around the county.
The Legacy Youth Alliance offers two grant funding cycles per calendar year. Any 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit that is youth-serving or supports a youth-led project may seek funding up to $2,500 through the Legacy Youth Alliance. The 2019 spring grant cycle is currently open through February 28, 2019. Applications must be submitted online and can be accessed here. If you would like more information or application assistance for the Legacy Youth Alliance, please contact Amy Nossaman, at 641.455.5260.