Central Indiana Senior Fund Awards $693,506 in Grants

In October 2014, the Central Indiana Senior Fund board awarded 34 grants totaling $693,506 to local organizations for projects that support the community’s elders as part of the fund’s annual grants. The board specifically sought to fund organizations that improve lives of seniors in isolation and that have a low-to-moderate income.

Senior Fund press release photo for webA committee of ten advisors reviewed each grant request to determine which projects best align with one or more of the fund’s specific interest areas:

  • Basic needs – food, transportation and shelter;
  • Health and wellness – illness prevention and overall wellness;
  • Living environment of choice – affordable housing, home care and safety;
  • Life-affirming opportunity – programs that utilize talents and increase social interactions among seniors in Central Indiana.

“It’s concerning that many senior citizens in Central Indiana cannot even satisfy their most basic needs,” said Patricia Prosser, chair of Central Indiana Senior Fund. “This fund supports projects that promote a higher quality of life for our aging neighbors so that they can live full, active lives.”

The Central Indiana Senior Fund was created in 2003 when a not-for-profit nursing home was sold for $10 million and profits from the sale were placed in an endowed fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation. The Smith Fund and The Lynn Fund also contribute to Senior Fund.

For more information about Central Indiana Senior Fund, or how to apply for 2015 funding, visit cicf.org.

A full list of awards and projects is listed below.

Organization Purpose Amount
Boone County Senior Services Transportation $25,000.00
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions Operating support $40,000.00
Connect2Help Serving Central Indiana Seniors and promoting self-sufficiency with information and referral services $25,000.00
Horizon House Senior Neighbor Services $25,000.00
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County Meal Program $20,541.00
Meals on Wheels of Hancock County Support Our Need to Grow $8,500.00
Meals on Wheels, Inc. Head Start Nutrition Program for Seniors $25,000.00
Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, Inc. WFYI – Senior Challenges Documentary $25,000.00
Perry Senior Citizens Services Keeping Them Connected $20,000.00
Second Helpings, Inc. Senior Hunger Relief $25,000.00
Southeast Community Services Southeast Community Services Senior Program $21,391.00
Edna Martin Christian Center Martindale-Brightwood Senior Wellness Network $21,391.00
Eskenazi Health Foundation Eskenazi Health Senior Support Services for the Senior Care and EMBRACE Programs $23,500.00
Gennesaret Free Clinic Caring for Seniors – A Systemic Approach $19,832.00
Indiana Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped Indiana Donated Dental Services (DDS) Program $6,000.00
Joy’s House Joy’s House University of Indianapolis $25,000.00
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Rides of Hope $25,000.00
McGivney Health Care Center (Lynn Fund) Point of Care Kiosks for Nursing Staff $12,460.00
The Social of Greenwood 7 Dimensions of Wellness $25,000.00
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Ransburg YMCA Active Older Adults Program $25,000.00
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre SneakView on Tour $20,000.00
Hawthorne Social Service Association, Inc. Hawthorne Senior Program $21,391.00
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Seniors on the Move $10,000.00
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Timeless in Song $10,500.00
OASIS Indianapolis Peers for Productive Aging $25,000.00
The Athenaeum Pops Orchestra Musical outreach by the Atheneaum Orchestra $5,000.00
The Salvation Army Central Indiana Older Adult Opportunities $15,000.00
Young Audiences Indiana Collaboration of the Generations $10,000.00
Bosma Industries for the Blind, Inc. Community-Based Services Program – Older Adults $20,000.00
Castleton United Methodist Church, Inc. Still Waters Adult Day Center Scholarship Program $18,000.00
Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana Central Indiana Accessibility Partnership Project-Senior Focused $25,000.00
Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND) Helping HAND $25,000.00
Peace Learning Center Creating More Peaceful Communities $20,000.00
Rebuilding Together Indianapolis Safe at Home $25,000.00
  Total Grant Amount Awarded $693,506.00


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 address community needs and seize opportunities. 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.

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