The Indianapolis Foundation Awards Over $1.5 million in Grants

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, announced today grant awards totaling $1,558,806 to not-for-profit organizations serving Marion County. Grants support 41 initiatives related to transportation access, healthy youth, education, arts and culture, and affordable housing, among others.

A sampling of recipients includes:

Exodus Refugee Immigration ($25,000) – for interpretation, transportation and basic needs assistance to support the resettlement of refugees and other displaced people to Indiana.

Concord Neighborhood Center ($22,806) – to provide social services, crisis support and economic security programming to promote greater quality of life and better public health outcomes in the 46225 neighborhood.

Big Green ($20,000) – to support increased access to Learning Gardens – dynamic outdoor classrooms built at underserved schools – providing students with access to real food, nutrition and food education programming.

Trinity Haven, Inc. ($20,000) – to support programming and capacity building for Indiana’s first transitional housing project for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Felege Hiywot Center, Inc. ($25,000) – for high-quality urban farming, STEM education, leadership and character-building programming for youth in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.

Indiana Legal Services, Inc. ($36,000) – to provide legal representation to those facing eviction to help reduce the risk of homelessness

full list of grants is available below

Grants from The Indianapolis Foundation are made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Indianapolis, with supplemental funding from the following field of interest funds:

Ronald A. Block Field of Interest Fund; James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women; Clara Noyes Fund for Ballet; F.R. Hensel Fund for Fine Arts, Music and Education; Howard Intermill and Marion Intermill Fenstermaker Fund; and the John and Isabelle Romine Fund for Children.

The March grant round also includes annual support for CICF partner organizations—Indianapolis Parks Foundation, Nextech, and Leadership Indianapolis.

endowment for Indianapolis grants
Big Green Building a healthy future for Indy’s kids through Learning Gardens $20,000
Brandywine Creek Farms Indy Food Desert project $25,000
Chalkbeat Education journalism $20,000
Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) Operating support $40,000
College Mentors for Kids Operating support $20,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. (CAFÉ) Community engagement $20,000
Concord Center Association, Inc. Social services in 46225 $22,806
Edna Martin Christian Center Youth leadership development programs $12,000
EmployIndy Indy Achieves program $40,000
Englishton Park Englishton Park Academic Remediation Training Center $25,000
Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education, Inc. Inspiring Scholars program $20,000
Exodus Refugee Immigration Interpretation, transportation and basic needs assistance $25,000
Felege Hiywot Center, Inc. Youth Led Farm Initiative $25,000
Fonseca Theatre Company River West Theatre season and civic engagement $11,000
Freetown Village, Inc. Education programs $15,000
Greater Indianapolis Literacy League (Indy Reads) Community Classrooms adult literacy program $40,000
Hoosier Environmental Council Envionmental Justice in Indianapolis $20,000
Indiana Forest Alliance, Inc. Forests for Indy $15,000
Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Eviction Avoidance Project $36,000
Indianapolis Art Center ArtReach program $20,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Annual operating support $50,000
Indy Gateway, Inc. West Side Affordable Housing Initiative $25,000
Information and Referral Network, Inc (Connect2Help) Connecting Marion County residents to human services $40,000
Leadership Indianapolis Annual operating support $50,000
Marion County Commission on Youth Operating support $40,000
Mercy Housing Lakefront Indianapolis Affordable Housing Development $20,000
Nextech Annual operating support $50,000
The daVinci Pursuit, Inc. The daVinci Innovation Workshop: Connecting Community to the Creative Economy $15,000
The International Center The Festival Fund $30,000
Trinity Haven, Inc. Transitional housing for LGBTQ youth $20,000
United Way of Central Indiana Annual support $450,000
Wabash County Young Mens Christian Association, Inc. Marion County Promise $35,000
TOTAL: $1,296,806

Field-of-interest Fund Grants
Field-of-Interest Fund
ArtMix, Inc. Community arts classes $42,000 Fenstermaker
Arts for Lawrence Theater at the Fort season productions $20,000 Block
Arts for Learning, Indiana Affiliates of Young Audiences School partnerships in Marion County $40,000 Hensel
Cancer Support Community Central Indiana Cancer Support Program at Eskenazi Health $20,000 Proctor
Fonseca Theatre Company River West Theatre season and civic engagement $14,000  Block
Indiana Repertory Theatre Student Matinee program $30,000 Hensel
Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. Season production support $21,000 Noyes
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Rides of Hope $40,000 Proctor
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Lifeguard certification for teens at the Jordan YMCA $10,000 Romine
Young Actors Theatre Camp and school-based youth theatre programs $25,000 Block
TOTAL: $262,000

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