Community Crime Prevention Grant Application & Criteria

Welcome to the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program

Central Indiana Community Foundation is proud of its role as administrator of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, and is glad to be extending that role in 2014 through two grant award phases.

The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program is funded from public resources allocated annually by Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council and is administered by The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

2014 Community Crime Prevention Phase I Grants: A portion of the funds for 2014 is being used to support summer youth programs that have the potential to prevent or reduce crime among youth. These grants have been awarded. For more information on these grants, visit the Phase I webpage.

2014 Community Crime Prevention Phase II Grants: Applications for Phase II grants are available July 1, 2014 and must be received by 5 p.m. on July 31, 2014. Interested organizations may submit applications using CICF’s online form. Read complete details on the 2014 Phase II grants here.

For additional information, contact Alicia Barnett Collins at acollins@cicf.org or 317.634.2423.


What Community Crime Prevention Grants Fund:

Geographic Restriction: Marion County

Interest Area: Violence Reduction, Intervention, Prevention, Public Safety Partnerships, and Neighborhood-Based Strategies

Organizations must be: A 501(c) (3) public charitable organization or a public entity partnering with a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as a fiscal agent.

Crime Prevention is defined as "any effort that seeks to reduce initial or chronic interaction with criminal and/or juvenile justice systems and increase the safety of Indianapolis residents and their neighborhoods by reducing risk factors or increasing protective factors."

For complete details about this portion of the 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, please see complete details below.


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 31, 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.