The Indianapolis Foundation Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants to Marion County Not-for-Profit Organizations

Board of directors for The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, approved and awarded $945,000 for 23 programs and projects in September. This is the foundation’s third grant round for 2017.

Among the 23 programs that received funding are:

  • Beacon of Hope Center for Women Inc. ($30,000)—For expansion of the Life Skills and Employment Assistance program to help victims of domestic violence become self-sufficient.
  • Mozel Sanders Foundation Inc. ($15,000)—To provide meals at the foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner which serves 35,000 hot meals on Thanksgiving to residents, many of whom are low-income seniors.
  • Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic ($40,000)—The Immigrant Justice program offers legal advice, individualized legal advocacy and group education to 580 immigrant neighbors throughout Central Indiana.
  • The daVinci Pursuit Inc. ($25,000)—For the installation of 10 public art projects along the waterways identified by Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) and to support the goals of ROW by enriching the livability of Indianapolis and the well-being of residents.

Funding for The Indianapolis Foundation’s grants is made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Indianapolis, created and contributed to by philanthropically minded donors for more than a century. Supplemental funding is made possible by five field of interest funds: the Christmas Fund, F.R. Hensel Fund for Fine Arts, Music and Education, James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women, Pauline K. Stein Fund and The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund.

The Indianapolis Foundation September 2017 Grants
Project Title
Arts Council of Indianapolis Operating Support for Community Engagement $40,000
Beacon of Hope Center for Women Inc. Life Skills and Employment Assistance Program $30,000
Butler University Butler Community Arts School – Arts Education Outreach $15,000
CHIP – Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention of Greater Indianapolis Inc. Homeless Capacity Building and Outcome Project $50,000
Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund   Collection Enhancement in Marion County High Schools $240,000
Flanner House FEED (Farming, Education, Employment, Distribution) Program $30,000
Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault Inc. General Operating Support for Program and Training Growth $25,000
Indiana Repertory Theatre Student Matinee Program $40,000
Indianapolis Opera General Operating Expenses for 2017-2018 Season and Outreach $35,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Afterschool Mobile Meals Program $25,000
Indy Gateway Inc. Capacity Building $10,000
IndyHub Foundation Inc. Cultivating and Engaging Young Professional Leadership in Indianapolis $30,000
Mozel Sanders Foundation Inc. Annual Thanksgiving Dinner $15,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Immigrant Justice Program $40,000
People for Urban Progress PUP 2.0 Expansion Plan $40,000
Renew Indianapolis Inc. Expanding Role in Blight Elimination Program $50,000
Second Helpings Youth Hunger Relief Program $60,000
Southeast Community Services Inc. Center for Working Families – Two Generation Project $40,000
The daVinci Pursuit Inc. ROW Leadership and Development & 10 Art Installations $25,000
The Polis Center Community Engagement / Spirit & Place Festival $20,000
United Way of Central Indiana United Christmas Service $15,000
United Way of Central Indiana 2017 Winter Assistance $30,000
United Way of Central Indiana Marion County Reentry Coalition $40,000

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