CICF News / 2014 / April / News Post
April 21, 2014
$2.4 Million in Grants to Benefit Nearly 50,000 Marion County Youth

by Kirsten Eamon-Shine

The Summer Youth Program Fund, a funding collaborative of 10 local and national partners, will provide more than $2.4 million in grants to support programs at 157 organizations in Marion County. The grants will fund 189 low- or no-cost summertime programs, activities and experiences for nearly 50,000 area children ages 4 to 19-years old, and include sports, overnight camping, career exploration, youth employment, community service, college access and academic enrichment.

Asante Children's Theatre is one of 157 organizations receiving support from the Summer Youth Program Fund.

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 $36 million dollars in general operating and capital support to Marion County organizations that provide summertime programming.

For 2013-2014, the funding partners are: Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation; The Clowes Fund, Inc.; City of Indianapolis, DMD/HUD; Eli Lilly and Company; The Indianapolis Foundation; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Kroger Central Division, 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.”

For a complete list of grantees, view the full release.

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $694 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 address community needs and seize opportunities. 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, or contact Mike Knight at