The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund now accepting grant applications from eligible Marion County libraries


Funds will support Marion County high school, public, and select academic libraries.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 4, 2015) – The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, announced that applications for library grants from The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund are now available online at here. Marion County libraries interested in applying are encouraged to review the grant criteria, procedures and reporting requirements for their program eligibility. The deadline to apply for The Indianapolis Public Library Fund consideration is 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday, August 31, 2015. Applicants should contact Julie Wright at or 317.634.2423 for additional information.

The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund currently provides $1.3 million in grants annually to support Marion County high schools, the Indianapolis Public Library system, and three academic libraries – IUPUI, Marian University, and the University of Indianapolis. Over the past 25 years, The Indianapolis Public Library Fund has provided more than $25 million in grants to support: professional development opportunities within the librarian and media specialist fields; increase access to academic research, public library resources and programs; improve literacy rates among youth and adults; and enhance collection development, media resources, and technology within Marion County’s various library systems. Currently, The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund is the largest known fund of its kind specifically dedicated to supporting high school, public and academic libraries in a geographical region. The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund was created in 1989 from an anonymous gift and its 2015 assets exceed $26 million.

“We are excited about the potential impact The Indianapolis Foundation Library Funds’ grant-making will have on increasing access to library materials for all Marion County residents, improving literacy rates, supporting education attainment rates of residents and investing in efforts that are innovative and support a knowledge-based economy,” said Brian Payne, president and CEO, CICF and The Indianapolis Foundation.


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 trustees (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).

ABOUT Central Indiana Community Foundation:

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $720 million public charitable 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 Tamara Winfrey-Harris at