CICF News / 2009 / April / News Post
April 20, 2009
Summer Youth Program Fund Partners Give $2.2 Million to Programs in Marion County

The Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaboration of 10 local partners and affiliate funds, announces grant awards of more than $2.2 million. These grant dollars will go to 150 organizations offering 176 programs proposing to serve more than 40,000 youth in Marion County this summer.

The grants focus on providing safe and positive experiences for youth 4 to 19 years old at little or no cost. Grants are given for programs in four areas: residential, daily, enhancement, and youth employment.

The following funding partners have announced their program awards:

Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Clowes Fund
Christel DeHaan Family Foundation
City of Indianapolis/Department of Metropolitan Development
Hoover Family Foundation
The Indianapolis Foundation*
The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund**
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Lumina Foundation for Education
Lilly Endowment
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Total Grants Awarded


*A Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate
**A CICF fund

Grant recipients represent various types of organizations, ranging from churches and area community centers to theaters and parks. These 176 programs offer a variety of experiences for children and teens to choose from, such as sports, overnight camping, arts, career exploration and youth employment, community service, college access and academic enrichment.

The Summer Youth Program Fund was the first collaborative fund dedicated to youth programs in the country. It has steadily increased its support for youth-service providers in Marion County since the fund was established in 1995 by The Indianapolis Foundation and Lilly Endowment.

To download a youth activity guide that has information about summer and year round programs for youth, please visit the Marion County Commission on Youth Web site at or call 317.921.1266. Additional information is also available through the Information and Referral Network helpline at 211 or 317.926.HELP.


Search past Summer Youth Program Fund grants using CICF’s Online Grants Library.

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $480 million public foundation transforming the lives of central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to address community needs and priorities. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991.

For more information about CICF, call 317.634.2423.


Roderick Wheeler
Grants Officer
317.631.6542 ext 175