Monument Chemical seeks grant ideas focused on youth education in Brandenburg



 Monument Chemical, Brandenburg, invites non-profit organizations to submit proposals for the company’s third annual $10,000 Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) grant. The grant will be awarded to a non-profit organization in support of a new program that addresses a demonstrated need within the grant’s area of focus, which is currently “Education of Youth.” Monument’s goal with this grant is to enhance educational programs for the youth in the Brandenburg community for when school is not in session. Special consideration will be given to specific programs or projects that focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning – although this is not a requirement for submission.

 Grant application packets have been sent to local non-profits, and the deadline to apply for the 2020 grant is April 10, 2020. Interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to Tonya Klinglesmith, HR Business Partner, at with questions about how to apply.

 The winning grant will be chosen by the Monument Brandenburg Community Advisory Council (MBCAC), a Monument-sponsored committee that includes members of the Monument Brandenburg team, individuals who live, work or attend school in Brandenburg and the surrounding communities, and representatives of organizations and government entities serving those communities. The MBCAC meets quarterly to engage in candid dialogue to develop a shared understanding of the interdependency of industry and community.

 Monument’s 2019 CPI grant winner was the Meade County 4-H Youth Development for their ‘Get STEAM’d Up’ program,” which has invited kids (ages 5-18) to participate in their choice of a STEAM-based module, including: Food Science (Baking or Fruits & Vegetables); Kitchen Chemistry; Fine Arts Club; Mini Master Gardeners; or Teen Camp.

 “The 4-H Youth Development team and volunteers have been proud to offer our local youth hands-on opportunities in STEAM since 2008, and the Monument grant has truly opened a new door for us to expand our work to reach even more youth in the community,” said Deana K. Reed, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development Youth Development, Meade County. “There’s a real need to support what students are learning in school with hands-on activities and programming to enhance understanding and boost excitement about STEAM. We are thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to equip our children with the STEAM skills they need to succeed in school, in their future careers, and in life.”

 “As a science-based company, Monument is passionate about building the next generation of engineers, scientists, and innovative thinkers, said Tonya Klinglesmith, HR Business Partner, Brandenburg. “We look forward to another round of fantastic applications – and the chance to reach and inspire even more students in our community.”

About Monument Chemical

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Monument Chemical serves the specialty chemicals industry – and produces a variety of solvents, intermediates, specialty fuels, and other specialty products, as well as offers industry-leading Contract Manufacturing services. Learn more at


Tonya Klinglesmith

HR Business Partner, Brandenburg

Monument Chemical


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