LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Six charitable organizations are receiving more than $78,000 in grants from the The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.
MatchBOX Coworking Studio got $15,000 for high-tech equipment for its members. The studio is using the money to buy a 3-D printer and a laser engraver. Emily Carter with MatchBOX said the printer allows inventors to make smaller-scale versions of their product to speed up development.
Carter said getting the grant shows the support behind the studio’s mission.
“It used to be that you had to have a good amount of funding before you could start a new venture. With MatchBOX in our community, it just isn’t true anymore. We’ve lowered that barrier so that more people can enter the workforce on their own terms,” Carter said.
MatchBOX is located in downtown Lafayette and encourages entrepreneurs to work together to meet business goals.
Here are all of the other grants recipients:
$15,000 and $13,100 — West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Foundation (2 grants)
$15,000 –– Willowstone Family Services
$10,423 — Matrix Lifecare Centers
$9,814 — Right Steps Child Development Centers