2021 Bright Ideas Grants Awarded


The Legacy Foundation has announced the recipients of this year’s BICEF grants.

According to a press release from the Legacy Foundation, awards totaling $150,000 have been disbursed to Cycle 31 Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund (BICEF) grant recipients. Since their first grant cycle in 2011, the Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund has awarded $4,462,978 to nonprofit organizations that serve Wapello County.  The most recent Wapello County nonprofits to be awarded grants are: 

  • STARR Workforce Inc to help fund a new program to create employment opportunities for the homeless  
  • Uniting Through History for the Hip History Project Competition
  • Ottumwa Park and Recreation Foundation to fund the construction of a new shower house, office, and parking lot at the Ottumwa Park Campground  
  • YMCA of Ottumwa for a coordinator position that will work with the Empowered! Youth Adaptive Sports program, as well as a summer camp for children with IEPs 
  • Food Bank of Iowa to support a new food program in partnership with Wapello County Veterans Affairs specifically for local veterans  
  • Greater Ottumwa Vocal Arts Project Inc to provide scholarships for local youth to participate in a new year-round children’s chorus  
  • Ecumenical Lord’s Cupboard to purchase three freezers to be able to start offering perishable items  
  • Cardinal Music Boosters to assist with the purchase of a stage curtain to replace the current curtain from the 1970’s  
  • Salvation Army to provide support for the Pathways of Hope

The Legacy Youth Alliance (LYA) also granted 5 awards totaling $10,000 to nonprofit organizations serving youth-related programs in Wapello County. Since their first grant cycle in 2017, LYA has awarded $82,375. The most recent organizations to receive LYA grants are: 

  • American Home Finding Association to purchase storage equipment to clear out a room that will be used as a recreation room for Corinthians House residents  
  • Cardinal Mental Health Team to purchase mental health items for both staff and students including a Calm Down Kit for each classroom  
  • James Elementary School to create sensory friendly and safe active space for elementary students  
  • OHS Best Buddies to assist with Chapter dues and transportation to the Friendship Ball in Des Moines  
  • OHS Stomp Out Stigma to make a Mental Health Awareness video and purchase bathroom stall frames for mental health flyers  

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