Latest Bright Ideas Grant Recipients Announced

The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation is proud to announce the names of their newest Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund partners as ten grants totaling $140,056 were recently awarded to non-profit organizations doing work in Wapello County.  The following lists the organizations and their funded project amounts:

Bridge View Center  – Grant to purchase video projection system:  $11,525

Ecumenical Lords Cupboard – Grant to be used to purchase 2 new refrigerators and various food items:  $10,000

Eddyville Community Foundation – Funding to support the purchase and installation of playground equipment in Eddyville Central Park:  $20,000

Friends of the Eddyville Public Library – Funding to purchase technology equipment for the Eddyville Public Library: $5,356

Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon  – Grant to be used to for purchase and installation of a new room for the historic Lockkeeper’s House. $10,000

Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon –  Funding to be used to support expenses related to the purchase and installation of playground equipment and splash pad in Eldon Playground Park:  $25,000

Latinas/Latinos Al Exito – Funding provided to support Ottumwa chapter of Latinas/Latinos Al Exito mentoring program:  $17,095

Main Street Ottumwa – Purchase and installation of self-watering hanging baskets for downtown district:  $4,080

Pleasant Valley Manor – Funding to provide infrastructure improvements for Pleasant Valley Manor, an affordable option for senior and disabled housing in Eddyville:  $30,000

Starr Workforce – Funding to be utilized as a match to the City of Ottumwa approved roof grant:  $7,000

Applicants interested in obtaining funding may apply online at from February 1 – 28. Eligible applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization providing services in Wapello County.  To date, the Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund has provided 125 grants totaling $1,508,748 to area not-for-profit organizations.  Additional questions may be referred to Kelly Genners at