LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The SIA Foundation handed out more than $80,000 in grants Tuesday morning.
Twice a year, the SIA Foundation hosts its Grant Awards Ceremony.
Around 200 area schools, businesses and non-profit organizations applied for the grants. The 13 that were selected were given their grants Tuesday in the form of a large check. Grants ranged from $2,500 to $10,000.
SIA Executive Vice President Tom Easterday said aside from giving money to great causes, he loves hearing the stories behind the causes.
"We had a lot of grant applications that were submitted. All of them are very worthy, very difficult choice today, but the ones that received it, we know they're going to make a very positive, immediate impact in their communities," said Easterday.
The SIA Foundation tries to give grants to a lot of different great causes.
"We came up with grants today in a wide variety. We certainly want to help non-profit organizations and schools with their education initiatives, health and welfare initiatives and also support the arts and culture in Indiana too,' said Easterday.
Since the foundation was created in 1997, SIA has given $5 million to the SIA Foundation. In that time, the foundation has given away $1.5 million in grants.