Marion County, IN – The Summer Youth Program Fund, a funding collaborative of 10 local and national partners, will provide more than $2.5 million in grants to support programs at 163 organizations in Marion County. The grants will fund 187 low- or no-cost summertime programs, activities and experiences for 40,000 area children ages 4 to 19 years old, and include sports, overnight camping, career exploration, youth employment, community service, college access and academic enrichment.
Founded in 1995 by The Indianapolis Foundation and Lilly Endowment Inc., the Summer Youth Program Fund was the first funding collaborative dedicated to summer youth programs in the United States. Since 1995, the collaborative has contributed more than $30 million dollars in general operating and capital support to Marion County organizations that provide summertime programming.
“The Summer Youth Program Fund started out as a collective response to a funding crisis that would have closed City of Indianapolis swimming pools, parks and other activities and experiences that are vital to our city’s children,” said Brian Payne, President and CEO of Central Indiana Community Foundation. “Today it is a model program that demonstrates the power of community collaboration and a commitment for ensuring meaningful development activities and experiences for all children throughout Marion County.”