Legacy Youth Alliance

Monday, October 02, 2017

Courier staff writer

OTTUMWA — The newest Legacy grant committee will accept applications for its first grants beginning Saturday.

The first grant cycle for the Legacy Youth Alliance will be Oct. 1 to Dec.

1, said Amy Nossaman, grants program manager for Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation.

Unlike other grant committees, this one is administered by high school students from Wapello County school districts. Nossaman started the Youth Alliance this year to provide leadership opportunities to students and to give young peopleknowledge about their county and their communit! y and how nonprofitorganizations work.

"From a Legacy perspective, it’s really fun to see what they care about, what they truly think is important in their community," Nossaman said earlier this year. "So, they give us that whole fresh outlook."

Legacy Youth Alliance will award up to $10,000 to projects that are led by youth or to organizations that serve young people.

The committee focuses on areas of education, especially early childhood andpost-secondaryeducation attainment, and physical, mental or social health," Nossman said. The students, fromOttumwa, Pekin, Cardinal and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fr! emont school districts are "very passionate about making a difference in their communities."

Organizations applying for grants must be 501(c) (3) not for profit organization providing services in Wapello County. Priority will be giving to programs and projects most likely to have a positive impact on area youth. If the applicant doesn’t have a nonprofit status it may use a qualifying fiscal sponsor.

LYA will give higher priority to programs and projects that focus on education and physical, social or mental health.

LYA does not fund individuals or for-profit organizations, projects or programs that are not youth-led or youth-focused, programs that do not fall within the specified geographic region, debt reduction, sectarian religious activities or direct political lobbying.

Online applications and guidelines for the $10,000 grant are available at www. orlf.org.

For more information about Legacy youth Alliance grant contact any Legacy Youth alliance member or Nossaman at anossaman@orlf.orgor by phone at 641-455-5260.

Reporter Winona Whitaker can be contacted at wwhitaker@ ottumwacourier. com and followed on Twitter @courierwinona.


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