More Than 63,000 Marion County Youth to Benefit from $2.6 Million in Grants from The Summer Youth Program Fund


SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM FUND supports summer programs, including arts, career exploration and employment, community service, sports and more 

The Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaborative of 11 local and national partners, will provide $2,602,193 in grants to support programs at 178 organizations in Marion County. The grants will fund 223 low- or no-cost summertime programs, activities and experiences for more than 63,000 area children age 4 to 19. Activities include sports, overnight camping, career exploration, youth employment, community service, college access and academic enrichment.

Founded in 1995 by The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Lilly Endowment Inc., the Summer Youth Program Fund was the first funding collaborative dedicated to summer youth programs in the United States. Since 1995, the collaborative has contributed more than $44 million in general operating and capital support to Marion County organizations that provide summertime programs that enrich the lives of young people and strengthen Indianapolis neighborhoods.

The 2016 funding partners include: Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation; City of Indianapolis DMD/HUD; Eli Lilly and Company; Indiana University Health; Kroger Central Division; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust; The Clowes Fund, Inc.; and The Indianapolis Foundation.


See below for a full list of The Summer Youth Program Fund’s grant allocations



Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF) is a funding collaborative that supports summer programming for Marion County youth by providing grants, coordinating professional development opportunities, disseminating community information, and supporting National Summer Learning Day. SYPF includes private and public funders, such as the City of Indianapolis and family, corporate and community foundations of varying sizes and scopes.



Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF) is a funding collaborative that supports summer programming for Marion County youth by providing grants, coordinating professional development opportunities, disseminating community information, and supporting National Summer Learning Day. SYPF includes private and public funders, such as the City of Indianapolis and family, corporate and community foundations of varying sizes and scopes.



Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $701 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 Christy Glesing, APR, Well Done Marketing, 317.667.5991.


The Summer Youth Program Fund grant allocations 

Project/ Program
Award Amount
100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc. 100 Black Men of Indianapolis Summer Academy $46,500
Adult and Child Mental Health Center Kamp Kool $15,000
Aftercare for Indiana through Mentoring, Inc. (AIM) Crossroads Summer Youth Employment Program $10,000
Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc. Summer Youth Vocational Leadership Program $7,500
All Souls Unitarian Church A Freedom School for Indianapolis $5,500
Always Making Progress, Inc. Power-UP Summer Program $3,000
American Diabetes Association Camp John Warvel – ADA Diabetes Camp $13,000
Anglican Cathedral Church of the Resurrection Involve the Kids Summer Program $5,500
Art With a Heart Inc. Emphasizing Art $24,500
ArtMix Urban Artisans $14,500
Asante Children’s Theatre, Inc. Prep4Life $10,500
AYS, Inc. Future 200 $2,500
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site Future Presidents of America 2016 $2,500
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Indiana Adult-to-Youth Mentoring Program $5,500
Big Car Media Wagon of Wonders $4,000
Bosma Industries for the Blind Student Training and Education Program $5,000
Boy Scouts of America After School Scouting Day Camp $2,200
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Wheeler-Dowe Club Summer Program $14,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Stonybrook Boys & Girls Club Summer Program $4,500
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Finish Line Club Summer Program $12,500
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Lilly Club Summer Program $14,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis LeGore Club Summer Program $14,500
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Keenan-Stahl Summer Program $15,000
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Prep at Brebeuf $3,000
Brightwood Community Center Inc. SPARKS Summer Camp $12,300
Broadway United Methodist Church JSP Roving Youth Corps $17,000
Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People Camp Healing Tree $8,000
Burmese American Community Institute Upward College Summer Program 2016 $12,500
Butler University Jordan College of the Arts Butler Community Arts School Summer Programs $13,500
Calvary Temple Assembly of God The Olympians Road Trip $5,500
Camptown, Inc. Summer Wilderness Adventure $29,000
Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Inc. Holy Family Shelter Summer Camp $10,750
Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Inc. Neighborhood Youth Outreach $9,000
Catholic Youth Organization Camp Rancho Framasa Inclusive Residential Summer Camp $7,000
Center for Interfaith Cooperation Center for Interfaith Cooperation Summer Youth Camp $4,000
Center for Leadership Development Imani Book Club $3,000
Children’s Bureau, Inc. Rachel Glick Courage Center Summer Enrichment Program $10,000
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Inc. StarPoint Program $15,500
Christamore House, Inc. 2016 Christamore House Summer Camp $24,363
Christel House Academy, Inc. CHASE (Christel House Academy Summer Enrichment) $5,000
Circle City Frontiers Club, Inc A Winning Experience $7,500
Claude McNeal’s Musical Training Program Performing Arts Camp $7,000
Coburn Place Safe Haven II Enhanced Summer Break Services $8,000
Community Alliance Of The Far Eastside, Inc. (CAFE) CAFE Teen Leadership and Career Development Camp $39,863
Community Health Network Foundation Community Healing Hearts- Youth Bereavement Services: Camp Erin $6,000
Concord Center Association, Inc. DIY Summer Day Camp 2016 $40,863
Cosmo Knights Scholarship Fund, Inc. Cosmo Knights Junior Instructional Golf Program $7,000
Damar Services, Inc. Damar Summer School and Camp $12,100
Dance Kaleidoscope DK Summer Residency $3,500
Dayspring Center Camp Discovery 2016 $8,500
Diabetic Youth Foundation of Indiana 2016 Camp Until A Cure $13,000
DirectEmployers Association Foundation STEM YES! (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Youth Enhancement Summer) Program $8,000
Dyslexia Institute of Indiana Camp Delafield $9,000
Early Learning Indiana Summer Health and Water Safety Program $6,000
Earth Charter Indiana A Youth Power Summer 2016 $5,000
East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center, Inc. Summer Days for Youth 2016 $23,000
Edna Martin Christian Center Leadership and Legacy Summer Program 2016 $29,363
Englewood Christian Church DayStar Summer School Ager Program $4,000
Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries, Inc. Englishton Park Academic Remediation and Training Center $24,000
Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education, Inc. Inspiring Scholars 2016 $75,000
Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center At Crooked Creek FBGNC Letting Off STEAM Summer Camp $30,363
Felege Hiywot Center, Inc. Youth-Led Farm STEM Camp $28,000
Fight For Life Foundation, Inc. Seal the Deal Camp $4,000
First Samuel Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. FIRST SAMUEL SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP $7,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. Flanner House 5 Focus Summer Camp $42,363
Fletcher Place Community Center, Inc. Art in The City $6,250
Footlite Musicals, Inc. Summer Youth Programs $2,000
Forest Manor Multi-Service Center Summer Camp $36,863
Freetown Village, Inc. “It Takes a Village” Summer Camp $27,000
Freewheelin Community Bikes Summer Earn-A-Bike Program $5,000
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Inc. Girl Scout Day Camp $7,500
Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis Girls Inc. Strong, Smart, and Bold Summer Camp $12,000
Girls Rock! Indianapolis Girls Rock! Indianapolis Year Round & Rock Camp $5,000
Guidance Life-Skills And Mentoring (G.L.A.M.), Inc. G.L.A.M Summer Experience $8,000
Good News Mission, Inc. Good News Ministries Summer Youth Program $5,000
Great Commission Church of God 2016 Young Men, Inc. Summer Empowerment Camp $13,000
Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church GGMBC Summer Youth Academy $1,200
Groundwork Indy, Inc. Green Team Program $15,000
Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, Inc. 2016 Summer Camp $39,000
Harrison Center for the Arts Summer Academe $11,500
Hawthorne Social Service Association, Inc. Hawthorne Summer Day Camp 2016 $47,863
Health and Science Innovations 2016 Young Innovators Quest $15,500
Hear Indiana, a chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hear Indiana Listening & Spoken Language Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children $7,500
Hemophilia of Indiana, Inc. Camp Brave Eagle $5,000
Hispanic/Latino Minority Health Coalition Greater of Indianapolis Your Life. Your Story. Latino Youth Summit $10,000
Honor Without End, Inc. HWE Youth Empowerment Program – Annual KAA Camping Trip $5,000
Horizons at St. Richard’s Episcopal School Horizons at SRES Summer Program $49,000
Iibada Dancers, Inc. The Art of Movement: From Studio to Stage $7,500
Immanuel Presbyterian Church Dreamcatching Fortitude In Young Adults $3,000
IN Deaf Camp Foundation, Inc. IN Deaf Camp Kids Camp $6,000
Indiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church The Hope Project $3,200
Indiana Golf Foundation, Inc. Gongaware Junior Golf Academy $6,000
Indiana Latino Institute ILI Summer Internship Program $9,000
Indiana Performing Arts Centre, Inc. Summer Musical Theatre Camp $7,500
Indiana School for the Deaf Willard Summer Program $6,000
Indiana State Museum Foundation, Inc. Indiana State Museum Summer Camps $10,000
Indiana University Literacy with iPads for K-3 Youth $35,000
Indiana University Herron School of Art and Design Youth Art Camp 2016 $10,000
Indiana University Girls STEM Institute (GSI) – formally known as the STEM in You Summer Enrichment Program $4,500
Indiana University Camp Yes And: A summer improv camp for teens on the autism spectrum and teachers $2,500
Indiana Writers Center Building a Rainbow $9,000
Indianapolis Algebra Project, Inc. Indianapolis Algebra Project Summer Math Program $64,000
Indianapolis Art Center ArtReach $15,000
Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. Ballet Summer Camps 2016 $4,000
Indianapolis Children’s Choir Summer Music Education Programming $6,500
Indianapolis Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. Summer Fun at IHN $4,000
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Inc. IMA Summer Camps 2016 $2,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Camp Gather $12,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Summer Food Service Mobile Units $9,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Indy Youth Achievers $9,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Everyone Swims $9,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Indy Urban Acres Summer Program $5,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Lifeguard Training Program $10,000
Indianapolis Soap Box Derby Association, Inc. Inner City Youth Racing League Program $7,000
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation Summer Reading Program 2016 $58,500
Jackson Center for Conductive Education Jackson Center Summer Camp $3,500
James Whitcomb Riley Memorial Association Camp Riley $8,500
Jameson, Inc. Jameson Camp Residential Summer Camp $23,000
Julian Center, Inc. 2016 Therapeutic Summer Camp at The Julian Center $8,500
Just The Beginning- A Pipeline Organization Summer Legal Institute $8,500
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. 2016 Youth Tree Team $6,500
Kids Dance Outreach, Inc. Kids Dance Outreach Summer Session $4,500
La Plaza, Inc. Summer Discovery $24,000
La Plaza, Inc. Leadership Institute for Latino Youth $17,363
Latino/a Youth Collective of Indiana, Inc. Campecine Youth Academy $12,000
Lawrence United Methodist Church Lawrence Youth Corp $5,000
Life Line Community Center Youth Grow and Glow $1,000
Like a Lion, Inc. Like a Lion’s Summer Camp $500
Lillian Davis Foundation 2016 Building to Acquire New Knowledge Summer Enrichment Camp $8,500
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Camp Little Red Door $10,000
Lutheran Child & Family Services of Indiana Lutherwood Summer Program $8,500
Madame Walker Urban Life Center Kamp Kuumba Summer 2016 $15,000
Marian University Summer Learning Institute $44,000
Marian University Marian University STEM Summer Camps $15,500
Marion County Commission on Youth Youth Working for Indy 2016 $103,500
Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center Indianapolis Incorporated Read to Lead Summer Enrichment Program $19,000
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Summer Day Camp: Be an Olympian – Strive for Greatness $48,863
Metropolitan School District of Pike Township Extended Learning Program (Camp Discovery) $7,500
Miracle Place Academic Olympics $5,000
Mission Indy Inc. Summer Program $3,500
Montessori Educational Charity M2STEM 2016 $6,500
Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Camp Jeremiah $8,000
MSD of Lawrence Township Foundation Inc. Sunnyside Side by Side Enrichment Summer Camp $3,000
Muscular Dystrophy Association MDA Summer Camp 2016 $7,500
Music for All, Inc. Music for All Summer Symposium $9,000
National Association of Black Accountants ACAP (Accounting Careers Awareness Program) $3,500
National Junior Tennis League of Indianapolis, Inc. Summer Youth Tennis Program $12,250
New Beginnings New Beginnings Zoom Zoom $7,000
New Covenant Church & Ministries, Inc Multimedia In Focus 2016 Summer Media Camp $5,500
Nine13sports Kids Riding Bikes Summer Programs $6,500
Noble, Inc. Noble Summer Day Camps $7,500
Northside New Era Community Outreach Corporation SON Shiners Character Summer Camp $6,000
Oasis M.U.S.T.A.R.D Seed Group $9,500
Outdoor Youth Exploration Academy Outdoor Youth Exploration Academy Summer Program $7,500
Paramount School of Excellence STEAM – Success Through Education, Agriculture and Mentoring $15,000
Partnerships for Lawrence, Inc. Summer Art Camp $10,000
Pathway Resource Center, Inc. Training Youth for Success (TYFS) $9,000
Peace Learning Center Peacebuilders Camp $20,000
Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis Strings & Jazzy Things music camp $15,000
Project Endure, Inc. Project Endure Trek 5 $4,000
Promise Land Christian Community Church Promise Land Youth Enrichment Camp $7,000
Purdue University Purdue Extension-Marion County’s Summer Camp Enhancement Program $7,500
Saint Florian Center, Inc. SFC Leadership Development Summer Camp $30,000
Saint Florian Center, Inc. SFC Firefighters Youth Employment $9,000
School on Wheels Corp It’s a WRAP! (Writing, Reading, Art & Performance) $8,000
Senior Connects Corporation 21st Century Skills Internship $22,000
Shepherd Community, Inc. YLiFe $10,500
Shepherd Community, Inc. Summer EXCEL $15,000
Social Health Association of Indiana Step Up for Kindness!™ & CARE $20,000
Southeast Community Services FACES of Southeast Youth: Financial Coaching, Academic Support, Career Coaching, Entrepreneurship and Service $10,500
Sow One Foundation, Inc. Summer Arts Programs $3,000
Speedway Baptist Church Speedway Baptist Summer Heroes $6,500
Starfish, Inc. Starfish Initiative Freshman Orientation Summer Program $7,500
STEM Connection The STEM Connection @ Moore Road Farm Science and Nature Camp $1,500
Stop the Violence Indianapolis, Inc. The “TALKS – Identifying The Mirror In Me” $5,500
Storytelling Arts of Indiana Summer Storytelling Performances $4,000
Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Greater Indianapolis $5,500
TRUST CORP/Indianapolis Housing Agency PRIDE Summer Program 2016 $29,000
Teachers’ Treasures Summer Program Supplies Resource $10,000
TeenWorks (formerly Pro 100) TeenWorks Summer Employment and College Readiness Program $35,000
The American Fund for Preventive Medicine Forever-Fit Summer Camp $8,650
The John H. Boner Community Center Excellence, Discovery and Growth through Education (EDGE) $12,500
The John H. Boner Community Center Preparing, Achieving and Caring for Tomorrow (PACT) $16,363
The Oaks Academy Camp Oaks $6,000
The People’s Burn Foundation Camp Saturday Brave Hearts $7,000
The Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center Summer of Wonder Day Camp $8,000
The Salvation Army Salvation Army Fountain Square Day Camp Program $5,000
The Salvation Army The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Summer Adventures $2,500
The Salvation Army Hidden Falls Camp $5,000
The Sanctuary Outreach, Inc. The Sanctuary Outreach: Reach Out Summer Enhancement Camp $4,000
Trinity House Academy, Inc. Summer Academy 2016 $5,500
Wayne Township Education Foundation Science Summer Safari $5,000
Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. K-8 Summer Program $14,500
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Baxter YMCA Summer Camp $3,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Early Learners Summer Kinder Academy $7,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Turning Points/From Day 1 Summer Institute $7,500
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Flat Rock River YMCA Summer Resident Camp $8,500
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Jordan YMCA Summer Camp at Eagle Creek Park $3,500
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Jordan YMCA Summer Day Camp $3,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis YMCA Day Camp at Arlington Elementary $4,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Laurelwood YMCA Summer Camp Program $8,800
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Ransburg YMCA Summer Day Camp $5,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Pike YMCA Summer Day Camp $4,500
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis YMCA Day Camp at Wayne Township/ Bridgeport Elementary $4,500
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Benjamin Harrison YMCA Summer Day Camp $4,500
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis YMCA Day Camp at The YMCA at CityWay $3,000
Young Actors Theatre Young Actors Theatre Summer Camps $6,000
Young Audiences Indiana Inspiring Scholars $20,000
Young Audiences Indiana ArtForce $7,000
Young Life Summer Camp $3,000
Zion Hill M. B. Church, Inc. Zion Hill Summer Enrichment Program $10,500

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