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CICF News / 2013 / April / News Post
April 23, 2013
The Indianapolis Foundation to Administer Community Crime Prevention Grant Program

On April 22, 2013, the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council voted to transfer management of its $2 million Community Crime Prevention Grant program to The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). In June 2012, the Community Crime Prevention Grant program awarded over $1.8M to 18 organizations that specifically provided support to youth programs and to programs that helped previously incarcerated individuals back in to jobs and back in to the community.

The Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council created the Community Crime Prevention funding stream in 2007.

The Indianapolis Foundation Board of Trustees has agreed to serve as the fiscal agent and grant manager for the 2013 $2 million Community Crime Prevention Grant allocation, with resources going to support community-based organizations that can demonstrate community impact.

Since its creation in 1916, the Indianapolis Foundation has awarded more nearly $200 million in grants to Marion County-based not-for-profits serving a broad range of people and addressing a wide variety of community needs. A high percentage of these grants have been directed at diverse populations and include support for: impoverished individuals and families working to achieve self-sufficiency; increased post-secondary education and vocational training attainment, specifically in low-income populations and; to help provide basic needs for economically disadvantaged families.

“The Indianapolis Foundation has nearly a century’s worth of experience making grants to effective not-for-profits in Indianapolis,” said Brian Payne, President, The Indianapolis Foundation (and Central Indiana Community Foundation). “We also believe there is the potential for great synergy between connecting organizations with crime prevention and ex-offender re-entry programs with CICF-led initiatives focused on self-sufficiency, youth programs and educational attainment.”

The current Community Crime Prevention grants are administered by the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and end as of May 31st, 2013. Final grant reports are due to the Parks Foundation in June, 2013. All current Community Crime Prevention Grant recipients are invited to reapply for grants from July 1 to July 31, 2013. Organizations will be able to file online grant applications during that period via cicf.org. Current Community Crime Prevention Grant recipients are encouraged to contact CICF staff with any questions. CICF staff and The Indianapolis Foundation board of trustees will first conduct a listening tour of major community stakeholders before establishing specific grant criteria. 

For additional grant information, contact Alicia Barnett at abarnett@cicf.org, or 317.634.2423


ABOUT THE COMMUNITY CRIME PREVENTION GRANT PROGRAM:
In August 2006, the Community Crime Prevention Task Force was convened to study the root causes of crime in the community, determine the types of programs most likely to prevent crime or effectively intervene in the lives of those at risk of criminal behavior, and make recommendations about how the community could prevent crime in the future.

The task force examined the underlying problems that led to a surge in violent crime in Indianapolis and in 2007 recommended actions to stem the violence and to prevent crime before it occurs. In July 2007, the City-County Council passed Proposal No. 264 to increase the County Option Income Tax (COIT) and establish the Community Crime Prevention Grant (CCPG) program to provide funding for crime prevention initiatives recommended by the Task Force its January 2007 final report.

According to the Community Crime Prevention Report from 2007, the majority of violent crime is committed by a small group of individuals that have already committed a crime or demonstrates specific behaviors that are associated with increased criminal activity (e.g., gang activity or drug offenders). Since 2007, the Community Crime Prevention Grant program has provided nearly $12 million in grants to local education, health, youth development, workforce development and ex-offender re-entry organizations focused on reducing and preventing crime.

ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS FOUNDATION:

Established in 1916, The Indianapolis Foundation was one of the first community trusts in America. The Foundation is a public charity and an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), a collaborative effort between the community foundations serving Marion and Hamilton Counties. As Indiana’s oldest and largest community foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation was created to ensure that the quality of life in Marion County continuously improves; to help where the needs are greatest and the benefits to the community are most extensive; and to provide donors a vehicle for using their gifts in the best possible way now, and in the future as conditions in the community change. It awards approximately $7 million annually to support current and future community needs, and is governed by a board of six publicly-appointed trustees (Two are appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis; two by the Marion County Circuit Court Judge; and two by the United States District Court presiding over Indianapolis).

ABOUT CENTRAL INDIANA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $600 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 seize opportunities and address community needs. 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, visit cicf.org, or contact Mike Knight at mikek@cicf.org.