CICF News / 2013 / September / News Post
September 12, 2013
The Indianapolis Foundation Announces Recipients of Community Crime Prevention Grants

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), awarded $1.86 million in grants to 43 Marion County not-for-profits on September 10, 2013, as part of the City of Indianapolis Community Crime Prevention Grant Program.

The grants were made to not-for-profit organizations seeking support for programs that are most likely to have an immediate impact on reducing violent crime while focusing on at-risk populations that are most likely to interact with, or enter into, the criminal justice system. Youth programs, job assistant and transition help for ex-offenders are also critical areas of focus of grant support.

“From nearly 100 years of experience of helping people from all backgrounds reach self-sufficiency and more productive lives, The Indianapolis Foundation understands the value of studying complex community issues holistically,” said Brian Payne, President and CEO, The Indianapolis Foundation and CICF. “We believe this approach is vital for not just awarding grants, but also working with people and not-for-profits to develop systems and programming that helps reduce violent crime, and in a larger way, reduce the tragic ripple effect it has on our entire community.”

The Indianapolis Foundation received 80 applications for the program. Funds were awarded to applicants that clearly demonstrated an immediate intentionality around crime prevention and support programming that:

  • Prevents violent crimes among residents;
  • Provides intervention or prevention services to adults or youth facing unique challenges;
  • Improves neighborhood safety and;
  • Partners with public agencies to help reduce or prevent crime in our community.

To effectively administer the City’s Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, and learn from past program practices, Payne and CICF’s Community Investment staff conducted an extensive, city-wide “listening tour” from April to August 2013. The tour included more than 150 hours of community conversations with 65 community stakeholders, including the Mayor of Indianapolis, the City’s Public Safety Director, Chief of Police, Juvenile and Superior Court Judges, City County Councilors, crime prevention researchers, previous grantee organizations, community, faith-based and other not-for-profit leaders and residents as well as additional research and community outreach. Organizations that did not receive support will be contacted by Community Investment staff to identify areas for improvement necessary for future funding opportunities, and to encourage crime prevention-related programming innovation.

“Community development initiatives and organizations have rightly focused on making sure neighborhoods and residents have access to amenities. Crime prevention and public safety haven’t played a key role in that equation. It’s been a missing piece of the puzzle,” Payne said. “Now, CICF is in a unique position to serve as a convener that will enable community development and public safety organizations to work more closely together and reduce crime while enhancing all of our efforts to make Indianapolis an even better place to live.”

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.

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.

At the request of the City-County Council, in April 2013, the Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate, entered into a contract at the request of City of Indianapolis to manage the $2 million Community Crime Prevention Grant program. The Indianapolis Foundation agreed to serve as the fiscal agent and grant manager for the 2013 Community Crime Prevention Grant allocation, with resources going to support community-based organizations that can demonstrate community impact.

The previous Community Crime Prevention Grant Program ended as of May 31, 2013, and was administered by the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. All previous Community Crime Prevention Grant recipients and other interested not-for-profit organizations were invited to reapply for grants from July 1 to July 31, 2013. For additional information, visit the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program page.

For a complete list of funded programs, download the full Community Crime Prevention Grants release.