The Indianapolis Foundation Awards $1.5 Million to Address Marion County Needs

Grants support refugee resettlement, access to healthcare, education and economic development

In its first competitive grant round of 2017, The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, allocated $1,517,100 to 29 not-for-profit organizations serving Marion County and its residents. The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors approved the grants March 21.

Funding during this grant period addresses a variety of community needs, including, but not limited to:

Health Services: Little Red Door Cancer Agency will use its $30,000 to provide transportation services for low-income senior cancer patients and Cancer Support Community Central Indiana has allocated its $25,000 grant to support free programs for cancer patients at Eskenazi Health.

Human Services: A $30,000 grant to Exodus Refugee Immigration will provide critical programs and services that help refugees resettle in Indianapolis, and a similar $25,000 grant to Burmese American Community Institute will help build capacity to provide services, including citizenship and English Language Learner classes to Burmese refugees.

Education: Summer Advantage USA, in partnership with Arts for Learning, will use a $40,000 grant to combat summer learning loss through Inspiring Scholars programming at Phalen Leadership Academy, School 103. Twenty-five Marion County youth, identified as having behavior or emotional learning challenges, will attend Englishton Park’s intensive, therapeutic residential summer camp at no cost thanks to a $25,000 grant.

Economic Development: King Park Community Development Corporation will use its $60,000 to support the Build Fund, which provides flexible and affordable loans in financially underserved areas in Indianapolis. The loans create jobs and spur economic development in disinvested neighborhoods. Source River West, a program from the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement, will stimulate development in the Near Westside through a $48,000 grant. The place-based entrepreneurship center fostering entrepreneurship, supporting area businesses and hosting a work space.

Grants from The Indianapolis Foundation are made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Indianapolis. Supplemental funding is made possible by the field of interest funds: Howard Intermill and Marion Intermill Fenstemaker Fund, John Harrison Brown and Robert Burse Fund, James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women and The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund. The Indianapolis Foundation also partnered with several donor-advised funds to award an additional $75,000 to several of these organizations.


grants made through the Indianapolis foundation

 Amount Awarded
ArtMix, Inc. (formerly VSA Indiana) ArtMix Community Arts Classes $42,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Data Management and Evaluation Initiative $25,000
Burmese American Community Institute Refugee Community Integration Project $25,000
Cancer Support Community Central Indiana Cancer Support at Eskenazi Health & Riley Hospital for Children $25,000
Cathedral Arts, Inc. International Violin Competition of Indianapolis $50,000
Center for Leadership Development, Inc. College Prep Institute $20,100
Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention 2017 Operating Support $50,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside Transitional support $40,000
Connect2Help Serving Marion County Residents in Need $20,000
Dig IN Strategic Planning Assistance $25,000
Englishton Park United Presbyterian Ministries, Inc. Englishton Park Academic Remediation Training Center $25,000
Exodus Refugee/Immigration, Inc. Emergency Support for Refugee Community Integration and Resettlement $30,000
Felege Hiywot Center, Inc. Capacity building to sustain the Youth Led Farm Program $25,000
Horizon House, Inc. Comprehensive Services for Homeless $50,000
Indianapolis 10 Point Coalition Street Outreach Workers $50,000
Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership Southside Expansion $40,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation 2017 Partner Support $50,000
IU Office of Community Engagement Source River West Program Development $48,000
John P. Craine House, Inc. Residential, Alternative Sentencing Program $50,000
King Park Development Corporation Capacity Building for the Build Fund $60,000
Leadership Indianapolis 2017 Partner Support $50,000
Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Library Programing $42,000
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Rides of Hope Program $30,000
Marion County Commission on Youth 2017 Operating Support $50,000
Nextech 2017 Partner Support $50,000
Summer Advantage USA Inspiring Scholars $40,000
The Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival IndyFringe 2017 Programs and Capacity Building $25,000
The International Center The Festival Fund $30,000
United Way of Central Indiana 2017 Campaign $450,000
TOTAL AWARDED $1,517,100


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