Applications Accepted for Community Crime Prevention Grant Program

$2,557,500 to support long- and short-term crime prevention and capacity-building projects

The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program is accepting applications for its 2019-2020 funding round, now through July 31, 2019. The program is funded from public resources allocated annually by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council and administered by The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

The program defines crime prevention as “any effort that seeks to reduce initial or chronic interaction with criminal and/or juvenile justice systems and increase the safety of Indianapolis residents and their neighborhoods by reducing risk factors or increasing protective factors.”

The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program has expanded the criteria for programs that can apply for grants in 2019, including opportunities for grassroots organizations and funds to support technical assistance and capacity building. Additionally, the grant program will continue to work in alignment with the Office of Public Health and Safety’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership grant program to support evidence-based violence reduction programming and wraparound services. The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program may consider organizations that received funding from the city’s program, but only for different and/or supportive programs.

A total of $2,557,500 will be allocated in the following categories: $1 million for long-term crime prevention activities, including activities relating to re-entry; $1 million for short-term crime prevention, crime reduction and other community outreach activities; and $557,500 for capacity-building programs and activities.

The program will give priority to organizations that clearly demonstrate an immediate intentionality around crime prevention and support programs using proven or promising strategies that:

  • Serve and support African American males, ages 18-24;
  • Focus on neighborhood mobilization through discrete activities, active violence disruption and community canvassing that targets, engages and involves hard-to-reach populations connected to gun-violence related activities;
  • Provide intervention services that connect adults or youth currently interacting with the criminal justice system or reintegrating into society to community-based services to build the necessary infrastructure to prevent violent crime;
  • Improve neighborhood safety through partnerships with IMPD’s Community Resource District Councils to mobilize efforts to reduce or prevent crime in specific geographical areas; or
  • Partner with public agencies (law enforcement, courts, probation and parole) to help or prevent crime in our community.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on July 31, 2019 and must be completed using CICF’s online grants management system. Questions about the grant program can be directed to Alicia J. Collins at or 317.634.2423.


In August 2006, the Community Crime Prevention Task Force was convened to study the root causes of crime in the community, determine the types of programs most likely to prevent crime or effectively intervene in the lives of those at risk of criminal behavior, and make recommendations about how the community could prevent crime in the future. At the request of the City-County Council in April 2013, The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), entered into a contract with the City of Indianapolis to manage the Community Crime Prevention Grant program. The Indianapolis Foundation has worked to create a process that is transparent and holistic in its approach of administering public resources to achieve the greatest public impact.


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