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Grant will help KDF plan for future

Awarded grant from the Lilly Endowment

Photo: Kids Discovery Factory

(BATESVILLE, Ind.) -- Kids Discovery Factory (KDF) has received a grant of $120,545 from the Lilly Endowment.


KDF provides student programming across Southeast Indiana with the focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).


The organization will use the funds to support staff professional development, expand STEAM experiences for kids 5 to 18 years old, and future exhibit installation.


Over the next three years, Kids Discovery Factory will transition existing programs to better meet the needs of the community and reflect the growth of the organization. They will work toward after school classes, scout programs, sensory-friendly hours, Girls in STEM programs, and more.


"Grant funding will also assist in the installation of an innovation and invention focused exhibit that will be central to visitor experience and field trip programming," the organization reported.


KDF was selected from a competitive application process involving youth-serving organizations from across the state.


“Kids Discovery Factory is experiencing tremendous growth,” said Emili Uden, Executive Director of Kids Discovery Factory. “Our outreach capabilities have skyrocketed, and we are eager to begin expanding our physical footprint.


"The Strengthening Youth Programs Grant from Lilly Endowment allows us to strategically move our programming forward while we navigate needed construction and renovation of our building in downtown Batesville. Having the support to evolve our key programs and explore new program opportunities positions us for success now and in the future, she added.”

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