Our vision is to make central Indiana an attractive, vibrant and safe place for its residents, and a region of choice that attracts and retains a creative and highly educated workforce.
CICF’s grants program invests in effective central Indiana not-for-profit organizations that promote a thriving community. We are committed to providing support to a diverse group of not-for-profit organizations that improve quality of life for residents in the region.
We allocate funding in three ways:
CICF and its affiliates respond to ideas and proposals from the community, enabling organizations to provide effective programs.
These grants are designed to anticipate community needs on vital issues including Inspiring Places, Family Success and College Readiness.
CICF has numerous donor-advised funds that enable the donors to engage in their own philanthropic goals. These funds do not invite unsolicited proposals; however, staff may ask organizations to submit information at a donor’s request.
Our funding is grounded in our Seven Elements of a Thriving Community.
The framework is a vision of what strong community life could look like and how philanthropy can play a role in creating it.
We make grants to not-for-profit organizations whose work falls into one or more of these elements:
- Efforts that provide safe and affordable housing and support services for vulnerable populations
- Efforts that increase access to nutritious food
- Efforts that provide job readiness, training, and educational opportunities that increase the wages and assets of low-skilled individuals
- Efforts that remove barriers to achieving economic self-sufficiency, such as lack of child care and transportation
Health and Wellness
- Efforts that promote healthy and active lifestyles
- Efforts that increase access to health care services for low income and vulnerable populations
- Efforts that prepare middle and high school students to gain entry into post-secondary opportunities and be successful once accepted
- Efforts that increase life skills that lead to increased independence
- Efforts that are creative and effective in promoting academic success and healthy youth development outside of school
Vitality and Connectivity of Neighborhoods and Communities
- Efforts and activities that increase the vitality and attractiveness of neighborhoods and communities
- Efforts and activities that engage and involve neighborhood residents in community-building and community change
Arts and Culture
- Efforts that provide intensive curriculum-based arts education for students
- Efforts that increase the quality of arts programming and accessibility for residents
- Efforts that preserve existing natural spaces and resources
- Efforts that improve physical spaces for community benefit
What We Don't Fund
The Central Indiana Community Foundation and its affiliate funds do not fund, through our Thriving Community Grantmaking Program:
- Organizations that are NOT tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Multi-year grants
- Grants to individuals
- Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion or construction projects for religious institutions
- Operating, program and construction costs at schools, universities and private academies unless there is significant opportunity for community use or collaboration
- Organizations or projects that discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation
- Political campaigns or direct lobbying efforts by 501(c)(3) organizations
- Post-event, after-the-fact situations or debt retirement
- Medical, scientific or academic research
- Publications, films, audiovisual and media materials, programs produced for artistic purposes or produced for resale
- Travel for bands, sports teams, classes and similar groups
- Annual appeals, galas or membership contributions
- Fundraising events such as golf tournaments, walk-a-thons and fashion shows