The Indianapolis Foundation Announces Recipients of $400,000 Community Crime Prevention Grants

Phase I grants awarded to crime prevention and outreach groups

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, announced the 10 Marion County not-for-profit organizations receiving a grant in phase I of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. The foundation manages the grant program on behalf of the Indianapolis City-County Council, who voted in March to approve a new, expedited grant round focused on organizations preventing or reducing crime.

The Indianapolis Foundation received nearly $1.6 million in requests, with only $400,000 available for distribution during phase I of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. Of the 29 applications received, the 10 organizations awarded grants in phase I specifically supported the City-County Council’s phase I guidelines to demonstrate the potential to prevent retaliation or reduce crime through conflict resolution—including, but not limited to, outreach workers conducting street mediation and crisis intervention. Additionally, awards were focused on organizations serving high-crime beats designated by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Phase I grant recipients include, among others:

  • Indiana Black Expo Inc.—$40,000 will support anti-violence public awareness campaign and trained mediators during Indy Black Expo Summer Celebration.
  • Indianapolis Congregation Action Network—$50,000 to train youth leaders to connect high risk youth with services and deliver anti-violence messages through 300 home visits.
  • Ten Point Coalition—$50,000 to support street outreach work expansion. In April, the organization received the Director’s Community Leadership Award from former FBI director, James Comey.

“The City-County Council’s expansion of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program guidelines to include neighborhood-based strategies that focus on street-outreach and crisis intervention allowed more grassroots organizations to apply for funding and provided our foundation the opportunity to build new relationships and partnerships with organizations across the city dedicated to preventing, reducing and eliminating crime in Indianapolis,” said Alicia Collins, community collaborations manager for CICF.

The application window for phase II of the Community Crime Prevention Grants will open in July with awards announced in September, as it has since 2013 when The Indianapolis Foundation began managing the grant distribution process.

Community crime prevention grant allocation phase i

project / program
 Amount Awarded
Brothers United Youth Outreach Initiative $25,000
Horizon House Inc. Neighbors Returning Home $50,000
Indiana Black Expo Inc. I am Your Brother. I am Your Sister Conflict Resolution Initiative $40,000
Indianapolis 10 Point Coalition Street Outreach Workers $50,000
Indianapolis Congregation Action Network Building Violence Interruption Networks in Marion County $50,000
Martin Luther King Community Center Tarkington Work Crew $33,000
Peace Learning Center Community Peace Project with Blackburn Terrace $40,000
Shepherd Community Inc. Community Policing $50,000
Stop the Violence Indianapolis Inc. Anti-Gang and Crime Prevention Initiative $50,000
The Ross Foundation Building Alternative Solutions In Our Community $12,000
  TOTAL $400,000

The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program is funded from public resources allocated annually by Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council and is administered by The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate. Learn more here.

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