Samtec Cares awards $675,000 in funding

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Aug. 19 – NEW ALBANY – A local business is awarding approximately $675,000 in funding to a wide variety of organizations, including nonprofits in southern Indiana and the Louisville area.

On Thursday, Samtec Cares presented its annual awards ceremony for its 2022 grant recipients. The grant program is managed by Samtec, a global manufacturing company based in New Albany.

At Thursday’s ceremony, Samtec Cares awarded more than $555,000 in grants. Earlier this week, the program also awarded $120,000 in sponsorships to other organizations that applied for the 2022 grant cycle.

Pam Grieb, grants administrator for Samtec Cares, said the program received 93 applications requesting funding of more than $3 million. The program has awarded nearly 30 grantees this round of grants.

It was the first in-person awards ceremony since 2019. Rudy Spencer, corporate communications manager at Samtec and a member of the grants committee, said associates at the company lead the selection process for winners.

Grant recipients include a wide variety of nonprofits, including organizations focused on topics ranging from housing to STEM education.

“It really means a lot to us as Samtec because when we think about how we can get involved in the community and try to make a difference, those are the opportunities,” Spencer said. “We can do this with our time, our talent and our treasure, and this is one of those ways that Samtec can get involved, support, encourage, inspire and spark great solutions for our community.

Youth Link of Southern Indiana was among the local recipients of a Samtec Cares grant. The $25,000 grant will support services in local schools, including academic support, tutoring, mental health services and mentoring.

Youth Link Executive Director Jerry Leonard expressed his gratitude for Samtec’s support.

“The fact that we can help make the difference we make is because they make a difference with us,” he said.

The Floyd County Library has received over $11,000 in grants, which will be used to support the installation of a makerspace at the Carnegie Center for Art & History.

Floyd County Library Director Melissa Merida said the goal is to create creative space in every library building, so the Samtec Cares grant will help the library fulfill that mission.

“The seed money from this grant helps move the whole project forward,” she said.

The space will be a digital arts studio with equipment for photography, digital art, video and audio recordings. Tierra Deacon, museum educator at Carnegie, pointed out the benefits of such a space for local artists.

“We envision digital technology to go hand-in-hand with art, so we’re really interested in equipment to photograph artwork beautifully,” she said. “That’s one of the things we want to be able to offer – to teach people how to take pictures of their art, because when people apply to get into a gallery or a museum or even for scholarships or college education, those are all situations in which they need really good photos of their work.”

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