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CICF News / 2014 / June / News Post
June 2, 2014
The Indianapolis Foundation Awards $159,000 for Phase I of 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grants

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, has awarded approximately $159,000 in expedited grants to sixteen local not-for-profits as Phase I of the 2014 Marion County-City of Indianapolis’ Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. The Phase I expedited allocation focuses 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 range between $5,000 and $20,000 and must 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.

The $2 million 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program (which includes Phase I and II) will again support community-based organizations that can demonstrate community impact.

For a complete list of Phase 1 grant recipients, download the grantee list.

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., July 31, 2014. Phase II grants are one-year grants and will be awarded in the fall of 2014. 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 alicia@cicf.org or 317.634.2423.

As in 2013, for Phase II, the Foundation will consider organizations 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

“The Indianapolis Foundation is honored to have this opportunity to help and support Indianapolis, and to join a community-wide effort to improve public safety by ensuring more of its citizens of all ages and circumstances have better access to productive, meaningful lives,” said Brian Payne, President, The Indianapolis Foundation (and President and CEO, CICF). “The Phase I fund distribution is meant to help more of our youth take productive steps while school is out, and to take the next steps toward a better, more successful future.”

Applications for Phase II will be available on July 1, 2014, at www.cicf.org. For additional information, contact Alicia Barnett Collins at alicia@cicf.org or 317.634.2423.

The Indianapolis Foundation was selected to administer the Community Crime Prevention Program in 2013. Since its creation in 1916, The Indianapolis Foundation has awarded more than $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.


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.
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation administered the previous Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, which ended as of May 31st, 2013. All previous Community Crime Prevention Grant recipients were invited to reapply for grants from July 1 to July 31, 2013.

The Indianapolis Foundation has worked since the culmination of the 2012 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program (May 31, 2013) 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 alicia@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 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.