The Indianapolis Foundation Awards $1,784,473 to Benefit Marion County Not-for-Profits


32 local agencies awarded grants in Foundation’s first 2016 grant round.

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) serving Marion County, approved the allocation of $1,784,473 in grant awards to 32 not-for-profit organizations in Marion County at the March 7, 2016 board of directors meeting.

The $1.7+ million awarded will serve a diverse population and needs. Youth employment, arts and cultural opportunities, improved quality of life for seniors, quality housing and healthy Hoosiers are among the many areas addressed by these grants. Founded in 1916, the Foundation’s priorities have remained much the same over the past century: improving quality of life, supporting the city’s greatest needs, and to give donors a charitable vehicle to benefit the community now and in the future.


“Visionaries in 1916 had the foresight to create The Indianapolis Foundation so that it would continue to thrive and impact the community in perpetuity While the community and its needs have changed over time, the Foundation continues to play a leadership role in addressing those needs and will continue to do so into the next century.”

-Greg Hahn, Board CHAIR, The Indianapolis foundation 


Grant requests were approved by The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors and made possible by generations of donations to the Endowment for Indianapolis, an unrestricted endowment. Supplemental funding for these grants came from five “Field of Interest” funds of The Indianapolis Foundation: Howard Intermill and Marion Intermill Fenstermaker Fund, Clara Noyes Fund for Ballet, James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women, F.R. Hensel Fund for Fine Arts, Music, and Education and The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund.


indianapolis foundation grant allocations 

Project/ Program
Award Amount
ArtMix Community art classes  $41,733
Classical Music Indy Music Unites, a community outreach program.  $20,000
Englishton Park United Presbyterian Ministries Englishton Park Academic Remediation Training Center support  $18,000
Eskenazi Health Foundation Summer 2016 internship for students with disabilities  $35,000
Freewheelin’ Community Bikes Youth Employment Apprentice Program  $35,000
Gennesaret Free Clinic Providing dental care to highly at-risk populations  $35,000
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indy ReStore’s social enterprise marketing campaign  $50,000
Indiana University Foundation –SPEA IMPD Analysts Training Standards program  $25,000
Indianapolis City Ballet Evening with the Stars  $20,000
Joy’s House Caregiver Support and Education programs  $50,000
Kennedy King Memorial Initiative Kennedy King Memorial site development  $15,000
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Rides of Hope’s transportation assistance  $25,000
Lutheran Child and Family Services of Indiana, Inc. Emergency shelter care support  $30,000
Near West Early Intervention Collaborative, Inc. Neighborhood Engagement Action Team (NEAT)  $35,808
Progress House, Inc. Project Hope, programming to end cycle of heroin users  $50,000
Reach for Youth, Inc. Youth Assistance Program Marion County launch  $25,000
School on Wheels Support for tutoring program for homeless youth  $20,000
Teachers’ Treasures General operating support  $17,000
United North East Community Development Corp. Operation Crosstown 2.0  $40,000
United Way of Central Indiana Marion County Re-entry Coalition  $40,000
Young Actors Theatre General operating support  $40,000
Herron High School Restoration, Renewal, & Placemaking Herron High School  $50,000
Pathway To Recovery, Inc. Pathway-IV Permanent Supportive Housing  $50,000
The Athenaeum Foundation, Inc. Athenaeum growth preparation  $50,000
Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention Annual Intermediary Support  $50,000
Connect2Help Annual Intermediary Support  $50,000
Marion County Commission
on Youth
Annual Intermediary Support  $50,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Partner Support  $50,000
Leadership Indianapolis Partner Support  $50,000
Nextech Partner Support  $50,000
United Way of Central Indiana Annual Campaign  $450,000
Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund grants  $216,932


ABOUT 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 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. Learn more about The Indianapolis Foundation’s anniversary at



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 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, or contact Tamara Winfrey-Harris at

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