CICF News / 2012 / May / News Post
May 1, 2012
40,000 Marion County Youth to Benefit From More Than $2.3 Million in Grants

The Summer Youth Program Fund, a funding collaborative of 10 local and national partners, will provide more than $2.3 million in grants to support programs at 152 organizations in Marion County. The grants will fund 177 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 $31 million dollars in general operating and capital support to Marion County organizations that provide summertime programming.

In 2011-2012, the funding partners are: Christel DeHaan Family Foundation; The Clowes Fund, Inc.; City of Indianapolis, DMD/HUD; Eli Lilly and Company; Hoover Family Foundation; The Indianapolis Foundation; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Kroger; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

“The Summer Youth Program Fund demonstrates the power of collaboration along with a commitment to young people that’s shared by businesses, government, not-for-profits and foundations alike,” said Brian Payne, President and CEO of Central Indiana Community Foundation. “It’s a model of cooperation and support, and something our entire community should be proud of.”

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For a complete list of funded programs, download the full Summer Youth Program Fund release.