Empowering Community Champions

POET Bioprocessing Facilities award nearly $150,000 in Community Impact Grants

In a symphony of generosity and community-building, the POET Community Impact Grant Program works to cultivate widespread impact across the POET network by embracing the power of giving back.

This year, all 33 POET Bioprocessing facilities across eight Midwestern states and POET Terminal – Savannah, Georgia, participated in the grant program. In total, nearly $150,000 in grants were awarded to recipients throughout POET’s home communities.

“For over 35 years, POET has worked to change the world,” said Alyssa Broin Christensen, POET Vice President of Team & Community Impact. “We believe that the opportunity to create a positive, lasting impact starts in the communities we call home, with our friends, families, and neighbors. The Community Impact Grant Program was created to support organizations and individuals who share our never-satisfied mentality to leave the world a little better than we found it.”

David Pyle, General Manager of POET Bioprocessing - North Manchester, presents North Manchester Public Library with Community Impact Grant

POET Community Impact Grants are one-time grants of up to $4,000 for local nonprofits, schools, churches, Earth-friendly groups, and individuals who are leading initiatives to improve their local communities. From large organizations to hometown good Samaritans who are called to serve, the selected grant recipients represent a wide range of initiatives.

“The Community Impact Grant Program is a celebration of the dedication and invaluable work being done by our local heroes,” said Christensen. “Grant dollars are intended to help them expand their reach, enhance their programs, and make an even greater impact in the communities they serve.”

The application period runs from the end of March through April, during which time eligible parties apply online for a chance to receive a grant from their local POET Bioprocessing location. Team members at each respective location then carefully select their grant recipients.

This year’s program received nearly 800 applicants across the POET network and ultimately awarded over 100 grants. Recipients ranged from local fire departments, schools, and libraries to parks, food pantries, and a variety of youth programs.

Chris Hanson, General Manager of POET Bioprocessing - Preston, presents Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center with Community Impact Grant

“Our hope is that, as this program gains momentum, it will ignite a ripple effect of giving throughout our POET footprint,” said Christensen. “Through this program, we hope to empower community-led action, encourage servant-hearted leadership, and watch our hometowns continue to grow and thrive.”

The Community Impact Grant Program is one of the many ways POET shares its vision for a better world.

“POET’s grant program is a testament to our deep-rooted commitment to the betterment of our communities,” said Jeff Lautt, POET President and COO. “These deserving organizations are empowering young people, promoting health, and giving back to those in need, and we are proud to partner with them to help shape a brighter future. Together, we can make a lasting impact.”




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