Samtec awarded over $615,000 in grants during 2023 and has awarded over $4 million to date since the inception of the grant program in 2018 to over 155 different organizations.
Align Southern Indiana’s mission is to actively facilitate a shared regional process that will align resources, address needs and produce sustainable solutions resulting in our region achieving its potential as a best place to live, work and play. Funding will support a piloted program designed to provide support for those grandparents raising grandchildren. Led by credentialed counselors, Raising Our Children’s Kids (ROCK) will provide support, resources and discussion topics to foster the growth and well-being of grandparents who are the primary caregivers to their grandchildren by providing an important means of support, education and respite.
The Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana promotes Art and Culture in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties through partnerships with individuals, groups, and businesses. They leverage events, programming, and space as platforms for community arts and culture engagement. Funds will be used to support the Art on the Move program which takes art into the community to provide fun, immersive, and enriching experiences. This program reaches all corners of our community including schools, assisted living facilities, children’s clubs, community events, housing authorities, and other organizations—regardless of age or ability – at no cost to the participating organizations.
The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those more in need of their services, to realize and develop their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. BGCK plans to use the grant funds to support the STEM Computer Science Pathway program. The CS Pathway program is designed to guide members through a series of increasingly challenging activities, including Hour of Code, CS Unplugged, and App Lab where members will learn to code, imitate algorithmic processes and design original technologies while developing important social and emotional skills such as teamwork, perseverance, and problem-solving.
Founded in 1947, the Clarksville Little Theatre’s first musical production netted them $300 and over the years has continued to provide Southern Indiana and Metro Louisville with quality performances. Funding will be used for the complete removal and replacement of the theater’s rigging system. The current system is rope delivered and has not been used for over 25 years which will increase the quality of productions which are currently severely limited since they cannot change lighting, backdrops, or wings to the stage.
The mission of Down Syndrome of Louisville is to support, educate and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome enabling them to reach their fullest potential. Grant Funds will be used to support weekly and monthly classes for infants and toddlers with Down syndrome aged 0-4 years, known as Early Childhood Education (ECE). ECE classes target the complex delays and health problems related to Down syndrome with a comprehensive and consistent approach to intervention. Services include assessment, intervention, and monitoring of five developmental domains: communication, physical, socioemotional, cognitive, and adaptive/self-help skills.
The Falls of the Ohio Foundation supports the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Falls of the Ohio Area, including helping the State Park create and maintain a great exhibit and program experience. Funding will be used to support the Falls of the Ohio Foundation with visibility and benefits at all events and across our media platforms that help elevate the space, educate our community on its significance, and activate it in new ways.
Big Springs Old Town Church was established in 1828, and the building was erected in 1858. SAMTEC Cares Grant will allow the Friends of the Marengo Big Springs Old Town Church to preserve an historic building. Funds are needed to help restore the exterior of this 165-year-old endangered building in Marengo, Indiana. It is located beside the historic Marengo Cemetery where all of the settlers are buried. There are few historic buildings left in Crawford County and this building will become an educational resource for the people of the county, as well as the tourists visiting the area.
The Have a Heart Clinic is committed to elevating community health in the Kentuckiana region by providing adult patients with cardiovascular care regardless of their ability to pay or their insurance coverage or status. Funding will be used to purchase a new echocardiogram machine for Have a Heart Clinic.
The Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana was formed in 2016 and exists to address homelessness and its causes in the community by increasing advocacy and awareness, coordinating efforts, and influencing policy decisions. The funds from the SAMTEC Cares grant will be used to fund operations for our emergency White Flag shelter during the winter months.
Hope Southern Indiana, with the support of the faith based community, empowers and supports individuals and families toward stability. Holistic Hardware is a 10-week program for personal change. The tools of Holistic Hardware are designed for people in crisis to help themselves. It is essentially a self-sufficiency curriculum aimed at those stuck in a cycle of poverty. The Holistic Hardware Program centers on responsibility, vision, self-esteem, faith, love, discipline, association, planning, work, and wealth.
Imagination Library of Louisville’s mission is to provide a free monthly book to Louisville children from birth to age five to foster a love of reading and prepare children for kindergarten. Funding will allow an expansion of the program county-wide. This will help us ensure all Jefferson County kids have access to high quality, age-appropriate books in early childhood.
Lifeline put their values into action to love generously, serve passionately, lead humbly, create possibilities and ignite adventure. This grant would be used for our Kentuckiana Community Meal Pack Days and will facilitate a gathering place and provide ingredients and supplies for a safe, fun environment for all ages and abilities in our community. It will fund thousands of meals for hungry kids and families.
For 50 years, LifeSpan Resources has connected individuals to resources, options and services to remain living independently for as long as possible. LifeSpan Resources will use funding to purchase three Ford transit vans to create greater efficiencies in their existing route system and allow them to add additional routing options and increase capacity to serve more clients with more trips.
Started in 1999, the Louisville Photo Biennial has grown to encompass more than 50 photographic exhibits across the area. Funds will support for the PASTE UP MURAL PROJECT (PUMP) that includes professional photographers from Indiana and Kentucky. PUMP will employ an innovative technique that allows photographs to be printed and pasted in public spaces. The temporary works of art will be pasted in various sites on buildings and public furnishings across Indiana and Kentucky.
Loves Endeavor purpose is to develop, support and empower those in need. This grant will go toward the purchase and install of a Safe Haven Baby Box (SHBB) to be located in the Charlestown Fire Department. The “Baby Box” is an incubator specifically designed to accommodate the immediate health, safety and security needs of a surrendered infant.
New Day Ministries is committed to helping disadvantaged, low-income, and at-risk youth from the West side neighborhoods who are at higher risk of participating or being affected by gang activity, violence, and juvenile delinquency. Grant funds will be used to support their L.I.F.E. (Love Inspiring Future Excellence) After School Program which provides comprehensive, high-quality After-School programming for 39 weeks during the 2023-2024 JCPS school year that supports grades K – 12 to promote wellness and change by uplifting and empowering youth within the underserved community of the West End of Louisville.
Nomad Church Collective operates The Outpost, a community center located in New Albany, Indiana, that serves the homeless, the addicted, the mentally ill and the abandoned. Grant funds will be used for updating the aging HVAC system of their local community center’s, The Outpost, two primary community rooms allowing the opportunity for the Outpost to function as an official warming/cooling station.
The Vision of North Harrison High School is to provide a collaborative learning environment that encourages each student to realize their fullest potential academically and socially. The funds requested will be used to purchase equipment for North Harrison High School to create their own STEAM Lab. The latest research into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based learning shows that when a hands-on approach is used in the classroom, students learn new concepts and master old ones with greater success and has been proven to accelerate learning in the classroom.
Requested funds will support the Norton Cancer Institute Pat Harrison Resource Center located in Jeffersonville, IN which provides free support services and resources for those facing cancer in our community. The center offers up-to-date information on cancer prevention and treatment as well as a variety of free support services to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all those impacted by the disease.
Established in 1918 as Los Angeles’ first professional school of arts, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art education. The grant will be used for student supplies across both Toy and Product Design programs by funding students’ prototyping, 3D modeling and digital printing efforts, as well as projects that require equipment not available on campus, such as waterjet and plasma cutters, glass blowing, break shears and more.
Personal Counseling Services’ mission is to provide mental health services to everyone desiring wellness of body, mind, spirit, and community. Samtec Cares grant will be used to provide outpatient mental health services to those individuals and families that are uninsured or under-insured. PCS will provide weekly individual psychotherapy sessions with some family sessions; in some cases, we will provide monthly medication management where needed; weekly music therapy sessions and/or equine therapy.
The purpose of the Prosser Alumni Association is to bring graduates and businesses together to assist Prosser graduates with their transition to employment, career pathway or both. The funding will provide access to tools, work clothing, additional certifications and training, technical degree college tuition, transportation and to negate other barriers that could prevent students from transitioning into their local employment choice after graduation.
SOS improves global health and the environment through recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies. Grant funds will support expansion of the SOS Local Health Program (LHP) to increase the number of lives positively impacted in Kentuckiana. The LHP delivers proactive and targeted support of education, medical care and social services in a way not duplicated by any other local organization. It begins with our team working with hospitals to collect their surplus medical supplies, thereby diverting them from local landfills. The SOS mission-work advances health in our Southern Indiana and Kentucky communities by protecting the environment and advancing education, health and wellness.
Founded in 1853, St. Vincent de Paul serves individuals and families in need including those who are homeless, living in poverty, suffering from addiction, enduring mental illness or experiencing acute economic crisis. Funds will be used to provide wrap-around family support services through after-school programming for children (Family Success Center), food security (Open Hand Kitchen), and counseling services (Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program). Through these critical programs, SVDP continues to prove its increasing commitment to serve families in need.
The Maker Mobile is a traveling makerspace that brings education to life by using lasers, 3D printers, CNC equipment, and more to expose kids of all ages to these creative and advanced manufacturing tools. Grant funds will be used to support a strategic overhaul of STEAM/STEAM equipment throughout the Maker Mobile to include laser upgrades used across varied applications and wiring to handle increased electric-load capacity. The equipment from the Maker Mobile will be repurposed and transferred to the community workshop and makerspace for continued use by local students, artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
The vision of The Refuge for Children is to provide a safe haven and a stable, loving environment for abused, neglected and displaced children to lessen the negative impact of childhood trauma so that children and youth have a greater probability for success. Funding will be used to purchase vehicles to transport youth in their care on a daily basis to school, appointments, and outings.
The Veteran’s Club provides Connection, Healing, Recovery, Housing Assistance, and Vocational Training to the Veteran and First Responder Community. This grant will be used to enhance and expand their nationally recognized Equine Therapy Program that encompasses Equine Facilitated Mentoring, Restoration Horsemanship, and our Women Warrior Equine Program. These programs are designed to assist Veterans, First Responders, and their immediate family members in overcoming PTSD, Secondary PTSD, Depression,Suicide Prevention, and other hardships related to their service.
Workwell Industries’ mission is to create jobs for people with disabilities and other who experience barrier to employment. With funding, Workewell Industries will grow the number of people with disabilities they hire and take the program to a higher level of efficiency. Employees with disabilities work alongside non-disabled associates, which supports their confidence by not being isolated or singled out, as well as builds comradery among the employees.
YouthBuild Louisville assists young people in meeting significant life goals, such as preparing for college and careers, by providing services in education, vocational training, community service, case management, placement, and post-graduation support. Grant funds will be used to finish the Smoketown Community Center’s Youth STEM Lab. The Youth STEM Lab will be available to middle and high school students in the Smoketown neighborhood and will include computer access for youth to complete homework and school assignments, as well as an artificial intelligence and coding lab.