Crime Prevention Grants Totaling $2.3 Million Announced by The Indianapolis Foundation on Behalf of City-County Council

Board members for The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, announced the allocation of $2,325,000 to 52 organizations as part of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. Award amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000.

The grant program is funded from public resources allocated annually by the 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.

The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program 2018 allocations aligned with the Office of Public Health and Safety’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership, and priority was given to organizations and programs that effectively met specific criteria:

  • 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;
  • improve neighborhood safety within Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s patrol districts through community mobilization efforts to reduce or prevent crime in a specific geographical area;
  • partner with public agencies to help prevent crime.

Among the 2018 grant recipients are:

  • Central Indiana Youth for Christ—$33,600 will support the organization’s Marion County juvenile re-entry program.
  • Community Action of Greater Indianapolis— A $25,000 award will provide life skills, job readiness services and leadership development training for opportunity youth, ages 18-24 who are not enrolled, enlisted or employed.
  • Edna Martin— A $40,000 grant supports the Reconnecting to Indy Program (R.I.P.) and Losing Your Past to Start Your Future programs, which provide education and training for justice involved youth.
  • Eskenazi Health Foundation—A $100,000 grant supports a collaboration between IndyHeart Beat and Prescription for Hope that will provide services and interventions to individuals and families affected by violent crime and aims to reduce crime through outreach and education in the community.
  • Paws and Think— $18,000 supports the Youth-Canine program for justice-involved youth in Marion County.
  • Eclectic Soul VOICES Corporation—A $50,000 award supports the Power and Promise Youth Leadership Training and Peer Mentoring programs which offers life skills for justice-involved youth.

“The grants awarded today support neighborhood-based organizations who provide the education, mentorship, and access to opportunities that strike at the root causes of violent crime,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Over the last three years we have worked diligently with the City-County Council to nearly double the amount of funding we are dedicating to our community violence reduction efforts. This grant program is a key component of that strategy, helping us to better support grassroots groups working to create safer neighborhoods and a more united Indianapolis.”

B.U.I.L.D. Believers United In Local Development Re-entry; workforce training, and education for 16-24 yrs.  $36,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Youth mentoring for at-risk, high-risk, and juvenile justice-involved  $24,000
Bloom Project, Inc Project King- mentoring  $16,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Evening Reporting Centers (ERC)- community based programming for justice-involved youth  $36,000
Brookside Community Church of Indianapolis, Inc Adult Re-entry Program  $48,000
Central Indiana Youth for Christ Pre and Post Release programming for Justice-involved Youth  $33,600
Child Advocates, Inc Educational liaison supports and mentoring for foster children  $40,000
Community Action of Greater Indianapolis Life skills, job readiness services and leadership development training for Opportunity youth  $25,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc Pre and Post release; reentry services for adults  $56,000
Community Solutions Inc. Marion County Reentry Coalition Supports $100,000
Dove Recovery House for Women, Inc Substance use and mental health support for women in recovery  $40,000
Eclectic Soul VOICES Corporation Day-reporting services and life skills for juvenile justice-involved youth  $50,000
Edna Martin Christian Center Education and training program for Justice-Involved Youth  $40,000
Eskenazi Health Foundation Indy HeartBeat/Prescription for Hope Violence Reduction Program  $100,000
Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center Strong Fathers: Education and employment as crime prevention and intervention strategies  $40,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc Skill development and training through Urban Farming  $40,000
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana Goodwill’s New Beginnings- workforce development for Re-entry  $65,000
Great Commission Church of God Young Men, Inc. -Prevention & Mentoring  $10,000
Greater Indianapolis Literacy League Literacy education for re-entry  $55,000
Groundwork Indy Youth employment for Opportunity Youth  $50,000
Horizon House, Inc Re-Entry services for homeless individuals  $40,000
Indiana Black Expo, Inc Wrap-around supports for opportunity youth in Hawthorne Terrace and Beechwood Gardens public housing  $32,000
Indiana University Foundation Impact analysis of comprehensive crime prevention strategies in Butler-Tarkington  $40,000
Indianapolis 10 Point Coalition Violence reduction engagement  $30,000
Indianapolis Private Industry Counsel (EmployIndy) Re-engagement centers for opportunity youth  $50,000
Indianapolis Urban League Job Readiness & Employment for Re-entry  $50,000
Inner Beauty Program, Inc Mentoring for justice-involved youth  $19,400
John P. Craine House, Inc Work Release & supportive services for Women with preschool aged children  $40,000
Martin Luther King Community Center Community-building, family support and engagement approach to crime prevention  $50,000
Murphy Mentoring Group, Inc School-based youth mentoring for African American Males  $15,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Legal Assistance and Expungement Services  $56,000
Neighborhood Self Employment Initiative of Indiana (Business Ownership Initiative) ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi)  $40,000
PACE, Inc Pre-release and post release services for citizens re-entry  $75,000
Pathway Resource Center, Inc Crime Prevention awareness campaign, youth job readiness and employment  $40,000
Pathway to Recovery, Inc Substance Use and housing for re-entry for men  $47,000
Paws and Think, Inc Youth-Canine program for justice-involved youth in Marion County  $18,000
Peace Learning Center Creating Cultures of Peace workshop  $50,000
Progress House, Inc Substance Use and housing for re-entry for men.  $50,000
Second Helpings Building Employment and Life Skills for reentry  $48,000
Shepherd Community, Inc Community policing and opioid epidemic response  $40,000
Southside Youth Council (Reach For Youth) Youth and family mental health support; Teen Court  $80,000
Step-Up, Inc Pre-release and post-release re-entry services  $72,000
Stop the Violence Indianapolis, Inc Youth Engagement Strategies to Reduce Violence  $30,000
TeenWorks Teenworks Pro and summer youth employment program  $40,000
The Domestic Violence Network Creating a culture of non-violence through violence prevention and healthy relationships education  $70,000
The John H. Boner Community Center, Inc Pre-release and post-release re-entry services  $30,000
The Learning Tree LLC Skills development and employment for youth  $20,000
Trusted Mentors Adult mentoring; reentry and foster care for youth  $40,000
Volunteers of America of Indiana, Inc Residential treatment program serving women and their children  $75,000
Workforce, Inc Workforce training, education and transitional employment for re-entry  $70,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Pre/Post Release for Justice Involved Youth  $50,000
Young Audiences Indiana Art-based programming for incarcerated youth in Marion County jail  $13,000
TOTAL: $2,325,000


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