Over $1 Million Grants to 47 Area Not-for-Profits


Grants awarded through The Indianapolis Foundation and Central Indiana Senior Fund support urgent medical care for seniors, help women build life skills and more

CICF recently awarded $1,078,372 to 49 area not-for-profit organizations through The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, and Central Indiana Senior Fund, a CICF field of interest fund. Grants were approved by their respective boards and committee members in November.

The Indianapolis Foundation awarded $348,000 to 13 organizations serving Marion County with effective programs in the areas of quality of life, education, vitality of the community, connectivity of neighborhoods and building community assets.

Two recipients of The Indianapolis Foundation’s grants include:

  • The Department of Public Words, which seeks to empower people to use positive words through art and education. In addition to its iconic “You Are Beautiful” billboard in Fountain Square, the organization also administers character and esteem-building arts programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Heart Change Ministries, which launched its “Gift of Work” initiative three years ago to provide life skills, mentoring and job readiness skills to low-resourced women. Heart Felt Soaps is a social enterprise of that initiative where women make, market and sell handmade soaps while earning not only a paycheck, but also transferable work experience and skills.

Grants from The Indianapolis Foundation were made possible by the 100-year-old Endowment for Indianapolis and were supplemented by the Christmas Fund and James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women, both field of interest funds of The Indianapolis Foundation. A complete list of grants can be found below.

The Central Indiana Senior Fund, another field of interest fund at CICF, awarded its grants exclusively to organizations working to meet the basic needs of aging adults. The Senior Fund announced $730,032 in grants to 36 organizations that align with the fund’s research-based priority areas. Learn more about The Central Indiana Senior Fund here.

A few of the 36 organizations that received funding from the Senior Fund include:

  • NeighborLinks, for its home repair program, which provides free professional home services to low-income seniors, including accessibility upgrades.
  • Gennesaret Free Clinic and Trinity Free Clinic, both of which offer dental and other health services for those seniors between Healthy Indiana Plans and Medicare.
  • Meals on Wheels, which offer nutritious food to house-bound and low-mobility seniors.

Grants were also awarded to not-for-profits that provide transportation services, increase quality of life and providing basic needs, including housing. A complete list of grants can be found below.

The Indianapolis Foundation and Central Indiana Senior Fund provide annual grants from their respective endowments.

grants made through the indianapolis foundation

 Amount Awarded
Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Council Operating Support $40,000
Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People, Inc. Brooke’s Place Evaluation Planning $25,000
CICOA Safe at Home Program $51,000
Concord Neighborhood Center It’s Not Easy Being Green: A Nutritious Food Program for Children and Senior Adults $20,000
Department of Public Words Department of Public Words $35,000
Dove Recovery House for Women Dove Recovery House $40,000
Heart Change Ministries Heart Felt Soaps $7,000
Hoosier Salon Patrons Association 92nd Annual Hoosier Salon $15,000
Indianapolis Museum of Art St. Mary’s Child Center at the IMA $20,000
Leadership Indianapolis Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council $30,000
Lydia Home Association Develop and Implement Monthly Training for Volunteers $10,000
The Salvation Army Central Indiana – Greatest Needs Fund $15,000
United Way of Central Indiana Marion County Re-entry Coalition $40,000
TOTAL: $348,000


 Amount Awarded
Arts for Learning Collaboration of the Generations $10,000
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site My Country ‘Tis of Thee $10,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Connecting More Adults 55+ to Mentoring $10,000
Boone County Senior Services Support for Transportation $25,000
Bosma Industries for the Blind Community-Based Services Program – Older Adults $20,000
CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions General Operating Support for CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions $40,000
Catholic Charities Indianapolis Person-Centered-Care Promoting Healthy Aging Through Therapeutic Activities and the Arts $15,000
Classical Music Indy Senior Engagement Concert Series $25,000
Community Health Network Foundation Touchpoint A la Carte Senior Meal Program $12,500
Concord Neighborhood Center Kid in All of Us: A Daily Senior Program $18,972
Connect2Help 2-1-1 General Operating Support for Connect2Help 2-1-1 $40,000
Dental Lifeline Network Indiana Indiana Donated Dental Services (DDS) Program $10,000
Eskenazi Health Foundation Eskenazi Health Senior Care and EMBRACE $24,900
Families First Indiana Vistas Program for Older Adults $25,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis Senior’s Gardening Health and Wellness $25,000
Gennesaret Free Clinic Senior Dental and Wellness Services for Seniors $25,000
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Senior Hunger Initiative $15,000
Hancock County Senior Services Extended Homemaker Services Program $20,000
Hawthorne Community Center Hawthorne Senior Program $25,000
Horizon House Senior Neighbor Services $20,000
John H. Boner Community Center Seniors on the Go Program $22,000
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Rides of Hope Program $25,000
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County Sponsor-A-Senior Program $20,000
Meals on Wheels of Hancock County Ending Hunger, One Meal at a Time Initiative $7,500
NeighborLink Indianapolis Home Repair Program $20,000
OASIS Indianapolis Exploring New Ways to Address Aging Initiative $25,000
Peace Learning Center Community Peace Building Academy $25,000
Perry Senior Citizens Services Keeping them Connected $20,000
Second Helpings Marion County Senior Food Insecurity Initiative $15,000
Servants At Work SAWs 2016/17 Senior Ramp Project $25,000
Still Waters Adult Day Center Still Waters Adult Day Center Scholarship Program $18,000
The Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County Emergency Assistance Program $10,000
Trinity Free Clinic Healthy Seniors Initiative $16,500
Trusted Mentors Mentoring Older Adults Initiative $25,000
University of Indianapolis Center for Aging and Community TALES:  Telling About Life, Elder Stories Program $15,000
Volunteers of America of Indiana Services for Older Adult Homeless Veterans and Persons Reentering from Incarceration $25,000
TOTAL: $730,372

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