CICF News / 2010 / April / News Post
April 26, 2010
Summer Youth Program Fund Partners Give $2.5 Million to Programs in Marion County

The Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaboration of 11 local and national funding partners and affiliate funds, announces grant awards of nearly $2.5 million, up from 2.2 million in 2009. These grant dollars will go to 161 organizations offering 189 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:

The Clowes Fund$50,000
Christel DeHaan Family Foundation$40,000
City of Indianapolis/Department of Metropolitan Development$99,600
Hoover Family Foundation$30,000
The Indianapolis Foundation*$300,000
The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund**$40,000
JPMorgan Chase Foundation$40,000
Lumina Foundation for Education$260,000
Lilly Endowment$1,409,120
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust$125,000
Eli Lilly and Company$100,000
Total Grants Awarded$2,493,720

*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 189 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.