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June 27, 2014
Phase II Applications for Community Crime Prevention Grants Now Available

In partnership with the City of Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Foundation has announced that grant applications for Phase II of the 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grant program are now available online at www.cicf.org as of July 1, 2014. Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to review the grant criteria, procedures and reporting requirements for their program eligibility. The deadline to apply for Phase II grant consideration is 5:00 p.m. EST, July 31, 2014. Applicants should contact Alicia Barnett Collins at acollins@cicf.org or 317.634.2423 for additional information.

The $2 million 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program (Phase I and II) supports community-based organizations that can demonstrate community impact. In June 2014, The Indianapolis Foundation awarded $159,000 in expedited grants to 16 local not-for-profits as Phase I of the 2014 Marion County-City of Indianapolis’ Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate, entered into a contract with the City of Indianapolis to manage the Community Crime Prevention Grant program at the request of the City-County Council in May, 2013.

ABOUT PHASE II GRANTS:
Phase II grants will range between $5,000 and $100,000; the application process begins July 1, 2014, and end at 5:00 p.m. EST, July 31, 2014. Phase II grants are one-year grants and will be awarded in the fall of 2014. Grant funds MUST be expended between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. Organizations must be a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization or a public entity partnering with a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization as a fiscal agent in order to be eligible for grant consideration. Applications for Phase II will be available on July 1, 2014, at www.cicf.org. For additional information, contact Alicia Barnett Collins at acollins@cicf.org or 317.634.2423.

The Foundation will consider Phase II grant applications that clearly demonstrate an immediate intentionality around crime prevention and support programming that:

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

ABOUT PHASE I GRANTS (Awarded June, 1, 2014):
The Phase I expedited allocation focused specifically on 2014 summertime job programs for youth as well as crime-deterrent programming for at-risk populations in designated high-crime areas.
The grant awards ranged between $5,000 and $20,000 and had to be expended by September 1, 2014. To qualify for grant consideration and receipt, organizations had to be either a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization or a public entity partnering with a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization as a fiscal agent in order to be eligible for grant consideration. For a complete list of grant recipients, please go here

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.

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 with the City of Indianapolis to manage the $2 million Community Crime Prevention Grant program.

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 being named the administrator of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program in May, 2013, The Indianapolis Foundation has worked to create a process that is transparent and holistic in its approach of administering public resources to achieve the greatest public impact. This work included a “listening tour” of many of the city’s non-profit organizations that provide related and/or associated crime prevention services. The Foundation will continue to solicit input from community leaders and residents to help develop strategies that address both the symptoms and root causes of crime in Indianapolis and Marion County.

For additional information, Community Crime Prevention Grant organizations are encouraged to visit www.cicf.org. For additional grant information, contact Alicia Barnett Collins at acollins@cicf.org or 317.634.2423.

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 $700 million public charitable 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.