The Indianapolis Foundation Awards $1.86 Million for 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program

Total of 67 not-for-profits receive grants to increase community safety, reduce violence.

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded a total of $1.86 million in grants to 67 local not-for-profits through the Marion County-City of Indianapolis’ 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. Grants were distributed in two phases in 2014; Phase I grants were created to bolster summertime jobs and crime-deterrent programming for at-risk populations, totaled $165,000 and were awarded in June 2014. Phase II grants totaled $1.695 million and were awarded to organizations that provide intentional and immediate programming focused on community safety and preventing crimes committed by youth and adults. In addition to the Community Crime Prevention Program grants, The Indianapolis Foundation awards approximately $7 million annually to support current and future community needs.

Phase II grant priority was given to organizations committed to: Preventing violent crimes among residents; Providing prevention or intervention services to adults or youth facing unique challenges; Improving neighborhood safety and; Partnering with public agencies to help reduce or prevent crime in our community.

Award amounts for Phase II vary from $5,000 – $100,000 and must be expended between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. 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.

“By implementing a two-part grant process this year we were able to expedite support to organizations dedicated to serving and protecting Indianapolis youth this summer,” said Brian Payne, President, The Indianapolis Foundation (and President and CEO, CICF). “Phase II grants are focused on both crime prevention and intervention strategies and agencies, and those organizations that are able to accurately report the outcomes of their programming.”

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAM: In August 2006, the City of Indianapolis 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 Program (CCPG) 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 organizations youth programs and to programs that helped previously incarcerated individuals back in to jobs and back in to the community.

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. 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 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.

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.

The Indianapolis Foundation received a seven percent fee ($140,000) to administer the $2 million 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. Additionally, The Indianapolis Foundation leveraged private resources in order to provide an additional $140,000 in funding to support public safety and crime-prevention programming. 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 grant information, contact Alicia Barnett Collins at or 317.634.2423.

View a full list of organizations and their crime prevention projects from Phase I and Phase II below.

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.

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, or contact Mike Knight at

2014 Community Crime Prevention Grants Phase I Awards

Organization Project Request Awarded
Aftercare for Indiana through Mentoring, Inc. (AIM) AIM for Success Employment Programs $8,000
Far Eastside Action Coalition (dba: Fervent Prayer Outreach Ministries Church) Clean 4 Green $10,000
Felege Hiywot Center Inc. Felege Hiywot Center Youth Farm Initiative $9,000
Forest Manor Multi-Service Center (FMMSC) Not In My Hood $10,000
Great Commission Church of God 2014 Young Men, Inc. Summer Empowerment Camp $8,000
Indiana Latino Institute Latino Youth Mentoring Initiative $10,000
Indianapolis 10 Point Coalition Weekend Faith Patrols $10,000
Indianapolis Urban League IUL Youth Community Access & Reintegration Effort (CARE) $10,000
John H. Boner Community Center PACT (Preparing, Achieving and Caring for Tomorrow) $8,000
Kaleidoscope Youth Center Unity Enrichment Summer program $6,000
King Park Area Development Corporation Rebuilding Neighborhoods: Training our Youth Phase 1 $8,000
Peace Learning Center Peacebuilders Camp $20,000
Pro 100 TeenWorks Summer Youth Employment Program $20,000
Southside Youth Council Reach For Youth Summer Series $8,000
The Latino/a Youth Collective of Indiana, Inc. Campecine Youth Academy $10,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Future Leaders Program $10,000
Phase I Total $165,000

2014 Community Crime Prevention Grants Phase II Awards

Organization Project Request Awarded
Aftercare for Indiana through Mentoring, Inc. (AIM) AIM Juvenile Reentry and Mentoring Project $40,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Phase II: Strategically Growing Services to At-Risk, High Risk, and Juvenile Justice Involved Y $30,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Evening Reporting Center (ERC) $50,000
Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People Grief Support Program Meadows/Martindale-Brightwood Area $25,000
Center for Leadership Development CLD: A Center of Hope $20,000
Central Indiana Youth for Christ City Life Wheels and Capstone Leadership Initiative $15,000
Child Advocates, Inc. Mentoring and educational advocacy for foster youth and educational advocacy for former and current $65,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. Far Eastside Community Crime Prevention Program (FECCPP) $40,000
Community Court of Indianapolis Community Court of Indianapolis $27,000
Concord Center Association, Inc. Concord Youth Crime Prevention $12,000
Dove Recovery House for Women, Inc. Dove House Supportive Services $75,000
Edna Martin Christian Center STEAM in Motion $25,000
Families First Indiana, Inc. Chemical Dependency Program $20,000
Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center Fathers and Families Center $40,000
Forest Manor Multi-Service Center (FMMSC)* Call to Action/Not In My Hood $40,000
Great Commission Church of God Young Men, Inc. Empowerment Program $10,000
Hawthorne Social Service Association, Inc. Natural Guardians $50,000
HealthNet, Inc. Ralph Dowe Legacy Housing Project $40,000
Indianapolis 10 Point Coalition Street Outreach Workers (SOWs) $40,000
Indianapolis Urban League IUL Community Access & Reintegration Effort (CARE) Program $25,000
John H. Boner Community Center Rapid Response Re-entry Program $30,000
John P. Craine House, Inc. Overcoming obstacles $30,000
Local Initiatives Support Corporation Great Places Safety Initiative $30,000
Lutheran Child and Family Services YouthBuild Indy $30,000
Marion County Commission on Youth, Inc. (MCCOY) Marshaling Youth Voice For Change $25,000
Murphy Mentoring Group, Inc. U-Turn, male youth empowerment $15,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Project GRACE $40,000
Outreach, Inc. Crime Prevention Through Care $30,000
PACE, Inc. Employment & Transitional Services Program $100,000
Pathway Resource Center, Inc. Project HOT (Helping Others Transform) $25,000
Pathway to Recovery, Inc. Pathway-I Supportive Housing Program $30,000
Paws and Think Inc. Marion County Justice Youth-Canine $9,000
Peace Learning Center Peaceful Choices $62,000
Pro 100 TeenWorks 360 $20,000
Progress House, Inc. Intervention to Reduce Recidivism among Adult Ex-Offenders $35,000
River Valley Resources, Inc. YouthWorksIndy – Young Adult Component $40,000
Seeds of Hope, Inc. 2014 Operating Expenses $25,000
Social Health Association of Indiana Step Up for Kindness!™ $10,000
Southeast Community Services, Inc. Project New Life $40,000
Southside Youth Council Teen Court $20,000
Step-Up, Inc. Thresholds and Transitions $30,000
Step-Up, Inc. Indiana Safety Professionals $30,000
Stopover, Inc. Stopover and Teens Acting Responsibly Together $25,000
The Bethlehem Residence Substance Abuse/Recovery Project $30,000
The Domestic Violence Network Domestic Violence School Prevention $35,000
The Salvation Army Professional Blended Street Outreach Homeless Team Support $10,000
Trusted Mentors Mentoring for Successful Re-entry Expansion $40,000
Volunteers of America of Indiana Healing Families: Women’s Reentry Program $40,000
Workforce, Inc. From Prisoner to Citizen $80,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Y-Future Leaders Mentoring Program $30,000
Young Audiences Indiana Project Fresh StART Indy $10,000
Phase II Total $1,695,000
Phase I and Phase II Total $1,860,000

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