2015 program includes two phases: Phase I allocation will expedite support for 2015 programs focused on summertime jobs and other crime deterrents for youth; Phase II applications and details to be announced July 1, 2015.

APPLY-NOW-BUTTON-INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 1, 2015) – The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, has been selected by the City-County Council of Indianapolis and Marion County to be the fiscal agent and grant manager for the City of Indianapolis 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program.  

The $2 million Grant Program will again support community-based organizations that can demonstrate community impact. This year’s Grant Program includes a Phase I allocation focused specifically on 2015 summertime job programs for youth as well as crime-deterrent programming for at-risk populations in designated high-crime areas.

The purpose of the 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program – Phase I is to support community efforts during the summer months that have the potential of preventing or reducing crime among Marion County youth populations. Phase I grants will meet the following parameters and restrictions:

  • Geographic Restriction: Marion County
  • Interest Area: Youth violence Reduction, Intervention, Prevention, Public Safety Partnerships, and Neighborhood-Based Strategies (see explanation below)
  • Grant award range: $5,000-$20,000
  • Grant funds must be expended between June 1, 2015 and September 1, 2015
  • 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.
  • Organizations that have already received a 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grant to support 2015 summer program will not be considered for funding.

Phase I Timeline

  • April 1, 2015: Applications for Phase I grants are available at
  • April 30, 2015: Completed applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m.
  • May 22, 2015: Grantee notification
  • June 1, 2015: Grant period begins
  • September 1, 2015: Grant period ends
  • October 1, 2015: Grant reports due

“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 I fund consideration only are available at and also at The deadline for submitting an application is April 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Applications for Phase II will be available on July 1, 2014, at For additional information, contact Alicia Collins at or 317.634.2423.


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 (factors that increase the likelihood of engaging with juvenile or criminal justice system) or increasing protective factors (factors that decrease the impact of risk factors).”

2015 Community Crime Prevention Summer Grant Priorities

Violence Reduction Strategies: These programs focus their efforts onreducing violent youth crimes in Marion County. Organizations should be able to demonstrate how efforts impacted violent crime youth statistics, preventing a violent crime from taking place, or the ability to effectively partner with law enforcement to reduce youth violence in the community. This effort may include:

  • A focus on preventing and/or reducing homicides and violence, to include gang violence, involving Marion County youth.
  • Youth-led efforts that engage the community to help reduce summer youth violence.

Priority will be given to those community efforts and initiatives that:

  • Serve African- American Males ages 12-22 in high crime areas
  • Serve youth with meaningful summer employment
  • Serve youth that have previously interacted with criminal or juvenile justice system
  • Serve neighborhoods and youth from the following focus areas: 16th and Tibbs; 29th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street; 34th and Illinois Street; 38th and Sherman Drive; 42nd and Post Road; and New York Street and Sherman Drive

Intervention: These programs focus their efforts onproviding supportive services to youth ages 12-22 that are currently interacting, or have previously interacted, with the criminal or juvenile justice system.  Organizations applying in this area should be able to demonstrate how efforts influences a youth’s ability to gain skills, change negative behavior, obtain work, secure housing or receive other types of support to prevent further interaction with local criminal or juvenile justice system.

These efforts may include:

  • A focus on providing support services to delinquent youth to prevent interaction with the juvenile justice system, the adult criminal justice systems, or gangs.

Prevention: These programs focus their efforts onproviding opportunities for healthy youth development and positive structured activities for youth who face unique challenges and may have a higher likelihood of community disengagement without the proper youth interventions strategies.  Organizations applying in this area should be able to demonstrate impact of services and the ability to improve current conditions of program participants. This may include a focus to increase protective factors and develop resiliency skills of specific targeted youth populations, including, but not limited to, the following efforts:

Youth Employment – Employing youth in meaningful summer jobs that earn a wage.

Education – Providing educational supports to assist students with earning a diploma or job related skills that lead to employment.

Mentoring – Efforts that provide opportunities for adults and youth to interact and engage in positive mentoring, coaching, tutoring, or goal-setting relationships.

Family Support Services – Providing support to families to assist parents with providing quality supervision and engaging youth in positive summer youth activities.

Public Safety Partnerships: Community-based efforts that seek to partner with public safety to develop strategies that will reduce summer youth violence and expand structured summer youth opportunities. These should include community-led efforts that partner with law-enforcement to develop effective youth outreach and violence reduction strategies.

 Neighborhood-Based: Youth-led, place-based efforts designed to reduce or prevent youth crime in a specific geographical area. These efforts should include a focus on engaging residents and community leaders to help reduce crime within specific neighborhoods, zip codes, or other geographical area.

Criteria Used to Review Applications

  • Crime Prevention Grant Priority – Address specific priority areas of the Community Crime Prevention Program (as outlined above)
  • Program Capacity – Demonstrate the ability to achieve program outcomes that reduce risk factors and/or enhance protective factors
  • Data Driven – Demonstrate the ability and/or a plan to collect program performance and impact data
  • Financial Management –Demonstrate the ability to account for grant funding and leverage other financial and/or in-kind support from other community partnerships
  • Collaborative Approach – Demonstrate the ability to partner with other public agencies and/or nonprofitorganizations to support crime prevention and/or reduction efforts

What Community Crime Prevention Grant does not fund

  • Organizations that are NOT tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) Public Charity of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Organizations that have already received Community Crime Prevention Grant Support for their 2015 summer program.
  • Grants to individuals
  • Projects focused on 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 base upon race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation
  • Political campaigns or direct lobbying efforts by 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Post-events, 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

How to Apply

CICF requires all grant applicants to use our online grant system. This system allows you to manage your profile, applications, and progress reports.

Applications for Phase I fund consideration only are available at and also at The deadline for submitting an application is April 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Applications for Phase II will be available on July 1, 2014, at For additional information, contact Alicia Collins at or 317.634.2423.


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 Parks Foundation administered the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program which ended as of May 31st, 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

For additional grant information, contact Alicia Collins at 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 directors (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).  

Since 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.

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $720 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


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