The Indianapolis Foundation awards $1.86 million for 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program


Total of 61 not-for-profits receive grants to increase community safety and reduce violence

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), has awarded a total of $1.86 million in grants to 61 local not-for-profits through the Marion County-City of Indianapolis’ 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. The Indianapolis Foundation also allocated an additional $86,300 from the Foundation’s donor-supported Endowment of Indianapolis fund to further expand its role in improving public safety in Indianapolis.

Grants were distributed in two phases in 2015; Phase I grants were created to bolster summertime jobs and crime-deterrent programming for at-risk populations, totaled $153,000 and were awarded in June 2015. Phase II grants totaled $1.737 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 administering the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, 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. View list of grant recipients for Phase II here.

Award amounts for Phase II vary from $5,000–$100,000 and must be expended between October 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016. 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.

“For the past three years, The Indianapolis Foundation has administered the Community Crime Prevention Grant program, which provides much-needed resources for area not-for-profit agencies working to increase public safety,” said Brian Payne, president, The Indianapolis Foundation (and president and CEO, CICF). “However, this program is only one facet of a community-wide effort to improve public safety in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Foundation is committed to working with other organizations as part of this effort, and has made a supplemental grant allocation of $86,300 to Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, Aftercare Indiana Mentor (AIM) and Great Commission Church of God in order to bolster and sustain their impact for those living in at-risk neighborhoods.”



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 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 programs for youth and helped previously incarcerated individuals back in to jobs and back in to the community.

Until May 31, 2013 Indianapolis Parks Foundation administered the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. At the request of the City-County Council, in April 2013 The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), 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 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. 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.View a full list of organizations and their crime prevention projects from Phase I and Phase II beginning on page three.



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 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 $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,contact Tamara Winfrey-Harris at

PHASE II Community Crime Prevention Grant Program Recipients
view as a PDF HERE 

Organization Project/Program Services Award Amount
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Strategically Growing Services to At-Risk, High Risk, and Juvenile Justice Involved Youth Expanding their evidenced-based one-to-one mentoring model approach to at-risk, high risk and juvenile justice involved youth in the DPS focus areas, in partnership with IBE, 100 Black Men and Indiana Mentoring Partnership to increase service to African-American Males. $30,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Evening Reporting Center (ERC) Program Evening Reporting Centers are part of the Alternative to Detention Initiative with the juvenile court system, serving 150 youth as means to connect children to community-based programming and supports within the Boys & Girls Clubs. $45,000
Central Indiana Youth for Christ City Life Expanding City Life programming to DPS six focus areas; Launch Juvenile Justice Ministries with Pendleton; Holistic Programming for youth and parents; Serving 450 youth. $25,000
Child Advocates, Inc. Educational Advocates for Youth Who are Victims of Child Abuse Educational advocacy services for 100 CHINS (victims of abuse & neglect) cases with educational issues, to improve educational and behavioral outcomes to ensure that youth remain in school. $50,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. Far Eastside Community Crime Prevention Program Collaboration with Stop the Violence providing after-school activities for total of 240 youth, ages 12-18; providing mentoring and case management for 30 high-risk youth, ages 15-18 at John Marshall and families referred to the Center for Working Families program; resident leadership and engagement with 60 residents in apartment communities. $45,000
Concord Center Association, Inc. Concord Youth Crime Prevention Neighborhood-based youth development programming for after-school and alternative to suspension services, serving 160 youth. $16,000
Dove Recovery House for Women, Inc. Dove Recovery House for Women Marion County Drug Treatment and Re-entry Courts partnerships to provide 70 women with transitional housing, access to mental health services and substance abuse treatment. $70,000
Drug Free Marion County Strengthening Juvenile Probation Families Launch the Strengthening Families Program for 72 youth/parents who are involved with Juvenile Probations. Seven weeks sessions to increase youth protective skills, parent positive parenting and family cohesion. $25,000
Edna Martin Christian Center IndyWelds Provide 20 individuals with logistic or welding training, case management and career coaching to reduce recidivism. $30,000
Eskenazi Health Foundation Eskenazi Health Prescription for Hope Hospital-based (Level I Trauma Center) violence intervention program focused on reducing the threat of violent personal injury and criminal activity by helping victims and their families make life changing/saving choices while admitted into trauma center. Increase caseload by 50. $45,000
Families First Indiana, Inc. Chemical Dependency and Violence Prevention Program Supportive services for 900 adult clients who have committed a crime or are a high risk for criminal behavior due to substance abuse and domestic violence. $25,000
Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center Strong Fathers/ Strong Families Fatherhood development program providing 100-200 fathers or expecting fathers parenting classes, education and employment supportive services to reduce interaction with criminal justice system and encourage healthy family involvement, productive citizenship and self-sufficiency. $45,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. Crime Prevention Employment, soft and hard skill training for 110 high risk or ex-offenders to reduce recidivism. $25,000
Forest Manor Multi-Service Center (FMMSC) Not in Our Hood Comprehensive neighborhood-based youth development programming focused on mentoring, educational supports, family engagement, workforce development training and conflict resolution for 200 youth. $35,000
Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc. Goodwill New Beginnings Re-Entry Program Employment training and placement for 150 ex-offenders with case management & post placement services. $45,000
Great Commission Church of God** Young Men, Inc. Empowerment & Mentoring School year mentoring and summer leadership camp serving approximately 80-90 African American males. $2,350
Greater Indianapolis Literacy League Indy Reads Criminal Justice Programs Continuation and expansion of the “Criminal Justice” literacy programs with Marion County Jails and re-entry program partners. Serving 300 individuals. $25,000
Hawthorne Social Service Association, Inc. Natural Guardians Center for Working Families program, providing intensive case management, financial stability, benefit supports, strong relationships with community and mentoring; serving 45 with a criminal history; focused recruitment for the 22-25 year olds. $50,000
HealthNet, Inc. Community Outreach Task Force HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program, IMPD and Marion County Court collaborative to provide supportive services to 62 chronically homeless and arrested individuals suffering from mental illness and substance abuse to reduce interacts with local criminal justice systems. $45,000
Horizon House, Inc. Re-Entry for Homeless Supportive services to 1300 homeless Marion County residents who have criminal histories or felony conviction. $45,000
Indiana Black Expo, Inc. Your Life Matters Execute the YLM plan through collaborative community based partnerships within the designated focus area of 46218/38th & Sherman Road impacting 80 youth between ages 14-24 and their families. $50,000
Indianapolis Housing Agency TRUST Corp Strong Families Build Stronger Communities Parent education program targeting Public Housing and Section 8 households with juvenile arrests for family reunification and reduction of recidivism; serving 720 youth. $40,000
Indianapolis Urban League Community Access & Reintegration Effort (CARE) Program Job readiness and employment program serving approximately 41 non-violent, non-sexual offenders to help reduce recidivism. $40,000
Indy Public Safety Foundation Community Re-entry Centers Barrier Busters Job readiness and employment program serving approximately 75 non-violent, non-sexual offenders to help reduce recidivism. $25,000
John H. Boner Community Center Rapid Re-entry Response R3 Serving 100 returning near eastside offenders and ex-offenders by providing pre-release assessment and services, case management, employment training and placement, work supports and public assistance and connecting to local community partners to reduce recidivism. $45,000
John P. Craine House Inc. Overcoming Obstacles at Craine House Serving 100 non-violent females and their pre-school age children with case management and mental health services to reduce recidivism. $30,000
Marion County Commission on Youth, Inc. (MCCOY) Youth Advocate Program (YAP) A community-based alternative to incarceration for youth in the juvenile justice system; 30 youth and their families will be served. $20,000
Murphy Mentoring Group, Inc. U-Turn Mentoring One-on-one mentoring & Group mentoring model for 100 male youth, ages 10-15. $10,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Project GRACE Civil legal aid and education services aimed at helping 1200 individuals with criminal histories reintegrate into the community. $25,000
Outreach, Inc. Homeless Youth Reduction in Crime Onsite mental health, legal and wrap-around services for 345 homeless youth to promote to reduce recidivism. $20,000
PACE, Inc. PACE, Inc. – Employment & Transitional Services Program Leading re-entry organization providing transitional, addiction and employment service to 500-1000 new offenders and ex-offenders to reduce recidivism. $100,000
Pathway to Recovery, Inc. Pathway-I Supportive Housing Program Transitional housing and case management, employment preparation and training services; serving 50 homeless ex-offenders with dual diagnosis. $36,650
Peace Learning Center Peaceful Choices Peace Education, serving 1,219 youth at IPS schools (Northwest, John Marshall, and George Washington) using restorative justice. $50,000
Pro 100 TeenWorks 360 Engage 120 Summer Employment and College Readiness program graduates ages 16-18 into fall/spring school year academic support, career & college readiness activities and mentoring. $40,000
Progress House, Inc. Engagement Center Partnership Subsidize transitional housing assistance (90 days), addition recovery, job readiness and search services for approximately 71 men recommended by Marion County Drug Re-Entry Court. $35,000
River Valley Resources, Inc. YouthBuildIndy – Civic Engagement Component Enhance the YouthBuild program to incorporate civic engagement activities aim at connecting the 50 young people to their community. $25,000
Second Helpings Culinary Job Training- a path to economic self-sufficiency Culinary education, case management, and employment supports for 35 students with a criminal history. $25,000
Shepherd Community, Inc. Shalom Project A place-based strategy focused on public safety, home repair, education and deployment of health/wellness services into the New York/Sherman Drive focus area to reduce crime. $45,000
Social Health Association of Indiana Step Up For Kindness and CARE Bully prevention and teen dating violence prevention programming to 12,500 students in IPS and Lawrence Township Schools. $10,000
Southeast Community Services, Inc. Project New Life Center for Working Families program intentionally designed to serve 100 offenders and ex-offenders by providing barrier busting and work support, training, case management, financial literacy and housing to reduce recidivism. $40,000
Southside Youth Council Teen Court A partnership with Marion County Prosecutor’s Department to provide a truancy prevention program serving 300 youth though Teen Court, an alternative to detention program. $20,000
Step-Up, Inc. Thresholds& Transitions Pre-release services and post-release case management support serving approximately 175 Marion County offenders and ex-offenders to reduce recidivism. $40,000
Stopover, Inc. START Alternative to expulsion, truancy, and suspension providing a continuum of services to 350 youth. $12,000
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Mid-North Promise Program A cradle to career neighborhood-based strategy to engage 25 families (75 individuals) with long-term family learning plan toward age appropriate education goals for both child and parent. $40,000
The Domestic Violence Network Teen Dating Violence Prevention Provide teen dating violence and healthy relationship education to 7,000 students within IPS; Facilitate the function of the Marion County Youth Council, a 10-15 member, student-led advocacy council promoting healthy relations within their schools.. $20,000
Trusted Mentors Mentoring for Successful Re-entry, Pre and Post Release Adult pre & post release mentoring and supportive services to 100 ex-offenders to establish support network, assist with community reintegration, stability and employment to reduce recidivism. $45,000
Volunteers of America of Indiana Healing Families – Women’s Reentry Program Therapeutic program residential (Theodora House/Brandon Hall) and outreach (Marion County Drug Court, Jail, Marion County Probation/Parole Department) for 225 women & men who are currently involved in the criminal justice system and discourage future criminal behavior and interaction with criminal justice system. $50,000
Workforce, Inc. From Prison to Citizen A social enterprise to provide paid employment, training and supportive services to 170 ex-offenders residing in 3 work release facilities (Duvall Residential Facility, Liberty Hall, and Craine House). Participants will receive OSHA training and participate in industry-recognized credential granting programs. $45,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis YMCA Future Leaders Mentoring Program Avondale Meadows YMCA Mentoring program targeting 160 Center Township youth under 18 who are interacting, have interacted, or at-risk of interacting with the Marion County Juvenile Center to help youth effectively reintegrate into the community and reduce recidivism. $30,000
TOTAL PHASE II $1,737,000


View the recipients of Phase I grants here.