The Summer Youth Program Fund, a funding collaborative of 10 local and national partners, will provide $2,402,659 in grants to support programs at 165 organizations in Marion County. The grants will fund 194 low- or no-cost summertime programs, activities and experiences for 50,000 area children between the ages of four and 19 years old, and include physical fitness education, creative learning opportunities, career exploration, youth employment, community service, college access and academic enrichment.
Founded in 1995 by The Indianapolis Foundation and Lilly Endowment Inc., the Summer Youth Program Fund was the first funding collaborative dedicated to summer youth programs in the United States. The fund seeks to provide children and youth with high-quality summer learning and enrichment opportunities in a healthy and safe environment that develops social and behavioral skills to increase academic proficiency and reduce summer learning loss.
Since 1995, the collaborative has contributed more than $38 million dollars in general operating and capital support to Marion County organizations that provide summertime programming.
For 2014-2015, the funding partners are: Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation; City of Indianapolis DMD/HUD; Eli Lilly and Company; Kroger Central Division; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust; The Clowes Fund, Inc.; The Indianapolis Foundation; and The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund.
View Full List of 2015 Summer Youth Program Fund Grantees.