The City’s Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, through The Indianapolis Foundation, announces 48 awards


On Tuesday, Sept. 12, board members of The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded $2,064,500 to 48 not-for-profit organizations in phase II of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $100,000.

The grant program is funded from public resources allocated annually by Indianapolis City-County Council. At the request of the City-County Council in April 2013, The Indianapolis Foundation entered into a contract with the City of Indianapolis to manage its grant program. This year, the City-County Council approved increasing funding for the program from $2 million to a total of $2,650,500, including fees for the program’s external management. The first $400,000 of those funds were awarded earlier this spring to ten organizations for phase I. Phase II, totaling $2,064,500, will be distributed to 48 not-for-profit organizations.

The 48 organizations receiving grants in this most recent phase have demonstrated their ability to effectively meet the following priorities:

  • prevent violent crimes among residents;
  • serve African American males ages 14-24 in high-crime areas;
  • provide intervention or prevention services to adults or youth currently interacting with the criminal justice system; and/or
  • improve neighborhood safety within the six focus-areas designated by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Phase II recipients include, among others:

Bloom Project Inc. ($15,000)—For Project King, a yearlong mentoring program for young men, ages 12-18, focuses on character development, trauma, systemic violence and crime prevention topics.

Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis ($20,000)—The Strong Program Suite will provide the Strong, Healthy Relationships program to 1,500 girls, ages 6-18, who attend schools or the Boys and Girls Club in IMPD focus areas.

Greater Indianapolis Literacy League ($50,000)—The organization, also known as Indy Reads, will support its Community Classrooms for Success program, which provides literacy services in English language proficiency to 400 returning citizens at 15 community-based sites. Eventually, these adult students will transition into adult basic education and high school equivalency classes.

Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee ($30,000)—This collaboration with Department of Metropolitan Development will identify employers to hire returning citizens.

Neighborhood Self Employment Initiative of Indiana ($32,500), the organization, also known as Business Ownership Initiative, will support a 6-week small business education and training program with one-on-one coaching to 467 pre- and post-released returning citizens.

Young Audiences ($10,000)—the organization, also known as also known as Arts for Learning, will support Inside Arts, a storytelling-center opportunity that utilizes digital media for youth ages 14-24 currently interacting with the criminal justice system.

“I am proud that for the second year in a row we have grown Community Crime Prevention Grant funding, helping to provide additional resources for neighborhoods-based organizations and encourage continued collaboration with our public safety officials,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.

“In partnership with The Indianapolis Foundation and the City-County Council, we remain committed to fundamentally addressing the root causes of crime and aiding our most vulnerable populations. Together, we can ensure that all residents have the chance to live in safe, prosperous neighborhoods.”
–Mayor Joe Hogsett

“The organizations that have received a Community Crime Prevention grant have implemented results-driven programs that address the City-County Council’s crime prevention, intervention and reduction priorities,” Alicia Collins, community collaborations manager, CICF. “The Indianapolis Foundation believes the City-County Council’s decision to increase the total dollar amount for phase II this year will have a significant impact on our city.”

Earlier this spring, The Indianapolis Foundation awarded $400,000 during phase I to 10 not-for-profit organizations focused on street outreach, mediation and conflict resolutions during the summer. Grantees of phase I have met with IMPD and The Indianapolis Foundation staff throughout the summer to build community and to discuss results and impact as a group.

2017–2018 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program – Phase II
Project or Program
amount awarded
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Mentoring More At-Risk, High-Risk and Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth Evidence-based, one-to-one mentoring model approach to at-risk, high-risk and juvenile justice-involved youth in IMPD focus areas $30,000
Bloom Project Inc. Project King Year-round mentoring program for men ages 12-18 that focuses on character development, trauma, systemic violence and crime prevention $15,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Evening Reporting Centers (ERC) Evening Reporting Centers are part of the Alternative to Detention initiative with the juvenile court system, which serves 160 youth as a means to connect them to community-based programming and support within the Boys & Girls Clubs. $45,000
Brookside Community Church of Indianapolis Inc. Brookside Community Reentry Expanding reentry one-stop services that prevent 120 returning citizens from the Brookside neighborhood from returning to prison $30,000
Child Advocates Inc. Educational Advocacy and Mentoring for Children and Youth in Foster Care Educational advocacy services for 80 Children in Need of Services (CHIN) (victims of abuse & neglect) cases to improve educational and behavioral outcomes and ensure that youth remain in school $50,000
Concord Center Association Inc. Youth and Young Adult Development Neighborhood-based youth development program for ages 12-26 to include recreation, career readiness and paid/unpaid internships for 175 participants to reduce entry into juvenile justice $20,000
Dove Recovery House for Women Inc. Dove Recovery House for Women at Summerlin Place To provide 100 women transitional housing, substance abuse treatment and access to trauma informed care to reduce recidivism $50,000
Edna Martin Christian Center Career Education and Training Academy: Intervention for Returning Citizens Support 40 returning citizens with career education and training to include case management, Center for Working Families programming and occupational skills to reduce recidivism $40,000
Eskenazi Health Foundation Eskenazi Health Prescription for Hope Hospital-based Level 1 Shock Trauma -violence intervention program focused on reducing the threat of violent personal injury and criminal activity by helping victims and their families make life changing/saving choices while admitted into trauma center. Serves a minimum of 70 clients. $75,000
Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center Young Strong Fathers Fatherhood development program providing 100 fathers and expecting fathers parenting classes, education and employment supportive services to reduce interaction with criminal justice system and encourage healthy family involvement, productive citizenship and self-sufficiency $45,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis Inc. Crime Prevention Job readiness/life skills program to include case management services in collaboration with F.E.E.D. program for 140 participants to reduce recidivism $40,000
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis Strong Program Suite Provide the Strong, Healthy Relationship program to 1,500 girls, ages 6-18 who attend schools or the Boys and Girls Clubs within IMPD’s focus areas $20,000
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc. CARE Mobile Pantry Support the CARE Mobile food distribution to provide year-round services to the six focus neighborhoods. Over 11 months, at least 65,000 duplicated households will be served. $30,000
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana New Beginnings Supportive Services New Beginnings is a 6-month transitional jobs program that includes educational training, employment, life skill development and coaching for 75 returning citizens in commercial services and retail outlets. $45,000
Great Commission Church of God Young Men Inc. Mentoring Program A year-round mentoring program for African-American males, ages 8-16. Program to impact 55 participants and their families. $10,000
Greater Indianapolis Literacy League Community Classrooms for Success Provide literacy services and English language proficiency to returning citizens in 15 community-based sites. Serving 400 students with the goal of transitioning into adult basic education or high school equivalency classes to improve employability. $50,000
Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee Department of Metropolitan Development  Collaboration A job development program with the city’s Department of Metropolitan Development to identify employers to hire returning citizens serving 50 participants. $30,000
Groundwork Indy Groundwork Indy Youth Development Programs: Green Team & GroundCorp Supports youth employment programs for people between the ages of 14-24 that provide constructive, structured, community-centered activities and career opportunities for 40 youth. $40,000
Hawthorne Social Service Association Inc. Natural Guardians Program Center for Working Families programing, which provides comprehensive case management with strong relationships and community mentoring; serves 50 residents with a criminal history. $42,000
Horizon House Inc. Reentry for Homeless Holistic support services to 1,100 homeless Marion County residents who have criminal histories or felony conviction. $45,000
Indiana University Foundation Evaluating and Empowering Neighborhood Crime Prevention in Mid-North Indianapolis Neighborhood-level evaluation of MLK Center’s collaborative programming to reduce risk factors for youth violence in the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood and Crown Hill neighborhoods; Increase residents’ understanding of crime-related statistics and empower them to make informed decisions about the perceptions of their neighborhoods and perception of the fear of violence. $50,000
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Inc. Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Expungement Project To provide full representation for 50 clients seeking expungement in Marion County. $30,000
Indianapolis Private Industry Counsel (EmployIndy) E^7 Essentials To support a re-engagement center for opportunity youth, ages 16-24, who are disconnected from either education or employment that provides services and activities to meaningful pathways to jobs. The center will operate in proximity of 42nd and Post Road. $50,000
Indianapolis Urban League IUL Community Access & Reintegration Effort (CARE) Program Job readiness and employment program serves approximately 100 non-violent and non-sexual offenders to help reduce recidivism. $50,000
John Boner Neighborhood Centers Rapid Response Reentry (R3) Serves 75 returning citizens by providing pre- and post release case management, employment, education, financial and barrier-busting services through an integrated service delivery model to reduce recidivism. $50,000
John P. Craine House Inc. Overcoming Obstacles Serves 100 non-violent women and their pre-school age children with case management, substance abuse and mental health services to reduce recidivism $50,000
Martin Luther King Community Center Neighborhood Crime Prevention A multi-agency, resident-driven, trauma-informed community-building project that provides services to and engagement with families in Butler-Tarkington & Crown Hill Neighborhoods to reduce neighborhood-level crime and increases positive perception of the neighborhood. This will impact 350 residents. $50,000
Murphy Mentoring Group Inc. U-Turn Mentoring Project Using evidence based curricula to mentor 25 youth, ages, 14-18, for 10 weeks on the Far Eastside. $10,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Project GRACE Civil legal assistance aimed at helping 2,800 individuals with criminal histories reintegrate into the community. $30,000
Neighborhood Self Employment Initiative of Indiana (Business Ownership Initiative) Reentry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative Support a 6-week small business education and training program with one-on-one coaching to pre- and post-released returning citizens. Serves 467 individuals. $32,500
Oasis Christian Community Development Corporation M.U.S.T.A.R.D Seed Plus Job skills training and placement for 40 delinquent youth with supportive services provided by Edna Martin and PACE. $25,000
PACE Inc. Reaching More A reentry organization providing Center for Working Family supports, addition and recovery services to 1,000 new clients to reduce recidivism $100,000
Pathway Resource Center Inc. Project HOT (Helping Others Transform) Community anti-violence & unity awareness campaign through events and activities, career preparedness for youth and adults; Serves 150 residents. $40,000
Pathway to Recovery Inc. Pathway Supportive Housing Program Transitional housing, case management, employment preparation & training services for 50 homeless returning citizens with dual diagnosis. $45,000
Peace Learning Center Indy Peacebuilders Peace education and restorative justice practices, serving 1,750 students in Arlington Community and Arsenal Tech High School to decrease suspension and expulsions due to incidents of violence. $50,000
Progress House Inc. Funding for the Future Recovery house for men who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Providing 47 men with counseling services, case management, job readiness and employment support. $35,000
Second Helpings Job Skills, Life Skills and Employability – A Recipe for Better Futures Culinary training, case management, and employment supports for approximately 112 students with a criminal history. $50,000
Southside Youth Council / (Reach For Youth) Counseling Services for At-Risk Youth and Families Counseling to absent or truant middle school students referred by prosecutor’s office, the Teen Court program and students in the Alternative to Expulsion program who are in danger of suspension and expulsion. Serves approximately 160 youth. $50,000
Step-Up Inc. Thresholds & Transitions Pre-release services and post release case management support serving approximately 150 Marion County offenders returning citizens to reduce recidivism $60,000
Stop the Violence Indianapolis Inc. Neighborhood Safety LINCS Engage opportunity youth, ages 14-24 within the Indy HeartBeat focus area with training, stipends, coaching and community dialogue to reduce youth violence. $50,000
TeenWorks TeenWorks Summer Employment Program & Year-Round Academic Support Program Engage 200 youth in the 360 Year-Round Academic Support Program and 400 youth in the 2017 Summer Employment Program. Program focuses on mentoring, college readiness and career exploration with a focus on public safety and improving teen-police relations. $50,000
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Mid-North Promise Program A cradle-to-career neighborhood-based strategy to engage 30 families (90 individuals) with long term family learning plans toward age appropriate education goals for both child and parent. $40,000
The Domestic Violence Network Healthy & Safe Teen Relationships Coordinated and sequential programming with Social Health Association providing bullying and peer violence education for 6th through 12 graders in IPS, Lawrence Township schools and 100 Black Men. Serves 10,000 youth. $70,000
Trusted Mentors Mentoring 3 Tracks to Success Pre- and post-release mentoring and case management services to minimum of 110 returning citizens to establish support network, assist with community reintegration, housing and employment to reduce recidivism. $50,000
Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc. Behavioral Health – Intensive Out-Patient Services Counseling, parenting skills and case management for women (Theodora House-based) and men (Brandon Hall) currently involved in the criminal justice system. Serves 250. $60,000.00
Workforce Inc. From Prisoner to Citizen A social enterprise to provide transitional jobs, peer mentoring and training to 170 returning citizens residing in Duvall Residential Facility and Craine House. Clients also receive comprehensive social services. $75,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Y-Future Leaders Mentoring Program Academic enrichment, workforce development and parent engagement for youth currently interacting, have interacted or at-risk of interacting with the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center to help 1600 youth effectively reintegrate into the community and reduce recidivism. $50,000
Young Audiences Indiana Inside Arts Support a storytelling-center opportunity using digital media stories for youth, ages 14-24, currently interacting with the criminal justice system. $10,000
 TOTAL     $2,064,500

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