Community Crime Prevention Grant Application & Criteria

2014 Community Crime Prevention Grants Phase I Funding Criteria

The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program is funded from public resources allocated annually by Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council and is administered by The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of CICF.

Phase I of the 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program was an expedited allocation of grants specifically to support community efforts that have the potential of preventing or reducing crime among Marion County youth populations during the summer of 2014. These grants have been awarded.

  • Geographic Restriction: Marion County
  • Interest Area: Violence Reduction, Intervention, Prevention, Public Safety Partnerships, and Neighborhood-Based Strategies (see explanation below)
  • Grant award range: $5,000-$20,000
  • Grant funds must be expended between June 1, 2014 and September 1, 2014
  • Organizations must be a 501(c) (3) public charitable organization or a public entity partnering with a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as a fiscal agent.
  • Organizations that have already received a 2013 Community Crime Prevention Grant to support 2014 summer program will not be considered for funding.

Crime Prevention is defined as any effort that seeks to reduce initial or chronic interaction with criminal and/or juvenile justice systems and increase the safety of Indianapolis residents and their neighborhoods by reducing risk factors (factors that increase the likelihood of engaging with juvenile or criminal justice system) or increasing protective factors (factors that decrease the impact of risk factors).”

Priority was given to those community efforts and initiatives that:

  • Serve African-American Males ages 12-22 in high crime areas
  • Serve youth that have previously interacted with criminal or juvenile justice system
  • Serve neighborhoods and youth from the following high crime zip codes: 46201, 46205, 46208, 46218, and 46222

To access an online application for grant consideration, please click here

2014 Community Crime Prevention Phase I Grant Priorities
Violence Reduction Strategies: These programs focus their efforts on reducing violent youth crimes in Marion County. Organizations should be able to demonstrate how efforts impacted violent crime youth statistics, preventing a violent crime from taking place, or the ability to effectively partner with law enforcement to reduce youth violence in the community.

This effort may include:

  • A focus on preventing and/or reducing homicides and violence, to include gang violence, involving Marion County youth.
  • Youth-led efforts that engage the community to help reduce summer youth violence.

Intervention: These programs focus their efforts on providing supportive services to youth ages 12 - 22 that are currently interacting, or have previously interacted, with the criminal or juvenile justice system. Organizations applying in this area should be able to demonstrate how efforts influences a youth’s ability to gain skills, change negative behavior, obtain work, secure housing or receive other types of support to prevent further interaction with local criminal or juvenile justice system.

These efforts may include:

  • A focus on providing support services to delinquent youth to prevent interaction with the juvenile justice system, the adult criminal justice systems, or gangs.

Prevention: These programs focus their efforts on providing opportunities for healthy youth development and positive structured activities for youth who face unique challenges and may have a higher likelihood of community disengagement without the proper youth interventions strategies. Organizations applying in this area should be able to demonstrate impact of services and the ability to improve current conditions of program participants.

This effort may include a focus to increase protective factors and develop resiliency skills of specific targeted youth populations. This focus may include, but is not limited to, the following efforts and programs: including, but not limited to, the following efforts:

  • Youth Employment – Employing youth in meaningful summer jobs that earn a wage.
  • Education – Providing educational supports to assist students with earning a diploma or job related skills that lead to employment.
  • Mentoring – Efforts that provide opportunities for adults and youth to interact and engage in positive mentoring, coaching, tutoring, or goal-setting relationships.
  • Family Support Services – Providing support to families to assist parents with providing quality supervision and engaging youth in positive summer youth activities. 

Public Safety Partnerships: Community-based efforts that seek to partner with public safety to develop strategies that will reduce summer youth violence and expand structured summer youth opportunities.

These efforts may include:

  • A focus on community-led efforts that partner with law-enforcement to develop effective youth outreach and violence reduction strategies.

Neighborhood-Based: Youth-led, place-based efforts designed to reduce or prevent youth crime in a specific geographical area.

These efforts may include:

a focus on engaging residents and community leaders to help reduce crime within specific neighborhoods, zip codes, or other geographical area.

Community Crime Prevention Grant Program - Phase I Timeline
April 1, 2014 Applications may be completed by clicking here.
April 30, 2014 Completed Applications Due by 5:00 p.m.
May 19, 2014 Grantee notification
June 1, 2014 Grant period begins
September 1, 2014 Grant period ends
September 30, 2014 Grant reports due
Contact: The lead project manager for the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program - Phase I is Alicia Barnett. Please contact her at 317.634.2423.

Criteria Used to Review Applications

Crime Prevention Grant Priority – Address specific priority areas of the Community Crime Prevention Program (as outlined above)
Program Capacity – Demonstrate the ability to achieve program outcomes that reduce risk factors and/or enhance protective factors
Data Driven – Demonstrate the ability and/or a plan to collect program performance and impact data
Financial Management – Demonstrate the ability to account for grant funding and leverage other financial and/or in-kind support from other community partnerships
Collaborative Approach – Demonstrate the ability to partner with other public agencies and/or nonprofit organizations to support crime prevention and/or reduction efforts

What The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program Does Not Fund

  • Organizations that are NOT tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) Public Charity of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Organizations that have already received Community Crime Prevention Grant Support for their 2014 summer program.
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion or construction projects for religious institutions
  • Operating, program and construction costs at schools, universities and private academies unless there is significant opportunity for community use or collaboration
  • Organizations or projects that discriminate base upon race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation
  • Political campaigns or direct lobbying efforts by 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Post-events, after-the-fact situations or debt retirement
  • Medical, scientific or academic research
  • Publications, films, audiovisual and media materials, programs produced for artistic purposes or produced for resale
  • Travel for bands, sports teams, classes and similar groups
  • Annual appeals, galas or membership contributions
  • Fundraising events such as golf tournaments, walk-a-thons and fashion shows

How to Apply

  • To access the on-line application, click here
  • Complete the organization profile
  • Complete the common application