The Indianapolis Foundation Awards $1.86 Million to Tackle Crime in Marion County


42 grant recipients work to make high-crime neighborhoods safer through prevention and intervention

Communities across Marion County are taking action to reduce crime and positively intervene in the lives of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Forty-two not-for-profits engaged in this important work received support this week when The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded $1.86 million in grants through the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. The Indianapolis Foundation has managed the grant program, on behalf of the City of Indianapolis, since 2013.


“As good stewards of these crime prevention funds, we look for recipients who have a proven record of addressing systemic challenges.”

– Alicia Collins, community collaborations manager, CICF

Collins added that the Foundation prioritizes organizations that work in six high-crime neighborhoods identified in a Department of Public Safety (DPS) study conducted from 2012 to 2014.

DPS found that six neighborhoods representing just 4.7 percent of the Indianapolis population accounted for 27 percent of the city’s homicides and 30 percent of non-fatal shootings. The neighborhoods include: 16th and Tibbs; 29th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street; 34th and Illinois Street; 38th and Sherman Drive; 42nd and Post Road; and New York and Sherman Drive. Emphasis is also given to applicants that serve African American males, age 14 to 24, in high-crime areas or people who have had interaction with the justice system.

Among the recipients of Community Crime Prevention Grants are:

  • Brookside Community Church of Indianapolis. Brookside received funds to expand its Re-entry Hub program that works to prevent recidivism. Funds will allow the church to double the reach of the program in the Brookside neighborhood.
  • Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center. The Strong Fathers/Strong Families program provides fathers and fathers-to-be with parenting classes, education and employment services to reduce interaction with the criminal justice system and encourage healthy family involvement.
  • Flanner House of Indianapolis. The organization’s crime prevention program offers education, employment and skills-building for ex-offenders to reduce recidivism.
  • Southside Youth Council/Reach For Youth. The grant to Southside Youth Council/Reach for Youth program provides counseling to absent or truant middle-school students in danger of suspension or expulsion.

The Indianapolis Foundation strengthens the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program by adding in its own grants and soliciting partners from over 1,000 CICF funds. In fact, The Foundation recently awarded $100,000 each to Trusted Mentors and the new IMPD Cadet Program as part of the public safety awards during its centennial celebration and $1 million surprise giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 27. Trusted Mentors provides volunteer mentors to people re-entering the community after time in prison. The IMPD Cadet Program is a new pilot program that will educate, mentor and employ inner-city high school graduates with an interest in public safety.


Recipients of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program

 Amount Awarded
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Youth Mentoring in IMPD Focus Areas  $30,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Evening Reporting Centers
(An alternative to detention program)
Brookside Community Church of Indianapolis, Inc. Brookside Community Re-entry Program  $20,000
Central Indiana Youth for Christ Juvenile Justice Ministry Launch  $30,000
Child Advocates, Inc. Educational Advocacy for Children in the Child Welfare System  $50,000
Children’s Bureau, Inc. Second Chance Fatherhood Program  $50,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. Youth Training Program / Career and Leadership Summer Camp  $23,275
Concord Center Association, Inc. Long Days, Teen Nights: An Extracurricular Teen Development Program  $20,725
Dove Recovery House for Women, Inc. Dove Recovery House for Women at Summerlin Place  $70,000
Eskenazi Health Foundation Eskenazi Health Prescription for Hope  $55,000
Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center Strong Fathers/Strong Families  $45,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. Crime Prevention and Recidivism Reduction  $35,000
Forest Manor Multi-Service Center (FMMSC) T3 (Teens Thriving Together) Career Development Program  $40,000
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. CARE Mobile Pantry  $30,000
Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana New Beginnings (Program Expansion)  $45,000
Groundwork Indy Groundwork Indy Youth Development Programs: Green Team & GroundCorp  $30,000
Hawthorne Social Service Association, Inc. Natural Guardians Program  $45,000
Horizon House, Inc. Re-entry for Homeless  $45,000
Indiana University Foundation Evaluating and Empowering Neighborhood Crime Prevention in Mid-North Indianapolis  $75,000
Indianapolis Housing Agency TRUST Corp Stronger Families Build Stronger Futures  $40,000
Indianapolis Urban League Community Access & Re-integration Effort (CARE) Program  $50,000
John Boner Neighborhood Centers Rapid Response Re-entry (R3) Program  $45,000
John P. Craine House, Inc.  Overcoming Obstacles at Craine House  $30,000
Marion County Commission on Youth, Inc. (MCCOY) Youth Advocate Program (YAP)  $50,000
Martin Luther King Community Center Neighborhood Crime Prevention  $75,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Project GRACE (Guided Re-entry Assistance and Community Education)  $30,000
Oasis Christian Community Development Corporation  M.U.S.T.A.R.D Seed Plus
(Job skills training and placement)
PACE, Inc. Employment & Transitional Services Program  $100,000
Pathway Resource Center, Inc. Project Helping Others Transform  $30,000
Pathway to Recovery, Inc. Pathway-I Supportive Housing Program  $40,000
Paws and Think, Inc. Marion County Detention Youth-Canine  $6,000
Peace Learning Center One Indy: Peaceful Choices  $50,000
Second Helpings Culinary Job Training – Finding a Better Path  $30,000
Southeast Community Services, Inc. Project New Life  $40,000
Southside Youth Council Counseling Services for At-Risk Youth  $40,000
Step-Up, Inc. Thresholds & Transitions (T&T)  $50,000
TeenWorks TeenWorks Summer Employment Program & 360 Year-Round Academic Support Program  $50,000
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Mid-North Promise Program  $40,000
The Domestic Violence Network Healthy & Safe Teen Relationships  $70,000
Volunteers of America of Indiana Behavioral Health – Women’s Re-entry Program  $60,000
Workforce, Inc. From Prisoner to Citizen  $75,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis YMCA Future Leaders Mentoring Program  $50,000


One of the first community trusts in America, The Indianapolis Foundation is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. The Foundation is a public charity and an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF. 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.

Learn more about the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program here.

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