Crime Prevention Grants Totaling $2.3 Million Announced

The Indianapolis Foundation awarded funds allocated by the Indianapolis Marion County City-Council as part of Community Crime Prevention Grant Program

The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program has announced 54 projects will receive a total of $2,300,250 in grants. 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.

Awards were made in three 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 $300,250 was awarded to organizations for capacity-building, an additional $257,250 will be used for ongoing capacity building programs and activities directed by the Office of Public Health and Safety (OPHS) and The Indianapolis Foundation. Additionally, awards align with the OPHS’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership and The Indianapolis Foundation’s goal to change systems that unfairly hold people back, help create neighborhoods and environments that empower people and dismantle systemic racism.

Included in the 54 total projects receiving funding are:

  • The Bail Project ($50,000) Funding will support the operations of a national revolving bail fund that posts bail for people, from pretrial detention, who can’t afford it and offers case management support to ensure individuals return to court. The Bail Project launched its Indianapolis office earlier this year with local leadership and support.
  • Believers United in Local Development (B.U.I.L.D.) ($45,000) Through an expansion partnership with YouthBuild (a U.S. Department of Labor approved and nationally recognized training program) B.U.I.L.D provides education, construction training and placement for youth and young adults with a criminal background.
  • Indy Public Safety Foundation ($46,000) Funding will support the implementation of the Indy Police Athletic/Activities League to foster high-trust relationships between law enforcement and the community, especially youth from underappreciated neighborhoods through recreational sports, academic assistance and mentorship.
  • Mackida Loveal & Trip Mentoring Outreach Center ($50,000) Funding will help build resilience skills through a strength-based and trauma-informed program designed to interrupt the cycle of violence and disrupt the school to prison pipeline for youth and young adults, ages 5–24.
  • We LIVE Inc. ($20,000) a youth-led organization, will lead workshops and forums that promote non-violent and conflict resolution in high schools, community fairs, events and expos targeting youth and young adults.*
A full list of organizations funded is below.

Several new organizations received funding this year in part as a result of expanded funding for capacity building grants. This enabled smaller and newer organizations to apply for funding. Over the past three years, funding for the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program has increased by $750,000.

The program awarded organizations that clearly demonstrate 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.
Learn more about application requirements

Over the course of the next year, all grantees will participate in peer learning exchanges to share best practices and leverage resources and partnerships. Grantees will also submit reports quarterly and meet with staff from The Indianapolis Foundation and Office of Public Health and Safety. Additionally, in partnership with the City’s violence reduction strategy, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s community resource council will be invited to participate in site visits.

“Grassroots organizations are in our communities every day working to prevent crime and violence and make Indianapolis an even better place,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Through the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, we empower these community leaders with additional resources that multiply the impact they have on our city and the people who call it home – and I have been proud to work with the City-County Council each year to grow the funding available to support their efforts.”

Recently, The Indianapolis Foundation awarded an additional $200,000 to organizations that support criminal justice reform, one of five leadership initiatives in the foundation’s 5-year strategic plan for Marion County. The Office of Public Health and Safety awarded $300,000 earlier this year.


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. Learn more about the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program.

Project Title
Amount Awarded
CCPG Priority Fit
100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc. 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc. (Team Mentoring)  $20,000 Prevention
B4U Fall Truth and Change/We Parent Program  $25,000 Violence Reduction
Believers United In Local Development BUILD: Crime Prevention through Local Education and Construction Trades Training  $45,000 Intervention
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Supporting More At-Risk, High-Risk, and Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth  $25,000 Prevention
Bloom Project Inc. Project King  $20,000 Prevention
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Evening Reporting Center (ERC)  $40,000 Intervention
Brookside Community Development Corporation Brookside Community Reentry Hub  $45,000 Intervention
Central Indiana Youth for Christ Marion County Juvenile Re-entry  $40,000 Intervention
Child Advocates, Inc. Educational Liaison Program  $40,000 Prevention
Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. We CANN Champions Program  $60,000 Neighborhood-Based Strategy
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. CAFE R3 (Rapid Response Re-Entry)  $50,000 Intervention
Eclectic Soul Voices Corporation Power and Promise  $40,000 Intervention
Edna Martin Christian Center Doing Time but Taking Time for Business and Financial Sustainability  $40,000 Intervention
Educational Destinations, Inc. The FIVE Program Collaboration: Reducing Veteran Recidivism Rates-Increasing Public Safety  $35,000 Intervention
EmployIndy YES Indy Re-Engagement Center  $40,000 Intervention
Eskenazi Health Foundation Indy HeartBeat  $60,000 Prevention
Eskenazi Health Foundation Eskenazi Health Prescription for Hope  $70,000 Violence Reduction
Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center Strong Fathers/Safe Communities  $40,000 Prevention
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. Flanner House Crime Prevention  $40,000 Intervention
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana Goodwill’s New Beginnings Program  $50,000 Intervention
Great Commission Church of God Young Men, Inc. Empowerment & Mentoring  $18,000 Prevention
Greater Indianapolis Literacy League (Indy Reads) Preventing Crime by Creating Opportunity  $25,000 Prevention
Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee Marion County Reentry Coalition (MCRC)  $50,000 Intervention
Groundwork Indy Groundwork Indy Youth Development Programs: Green Team & GroundCorp  $45,000 Prevention
Hawthorne Social Service Association, Inc. Crime Prevention through Police Bike Patrols and Community Engagement  $50,000 Neighborhood-Based Strategy
Horizon House, Inc. Re-entry Programs for Homeless  $45,000 Intervention
Indiana Black Expo, Inc Performing Arts Academy Trauma Informed Care Training  $7,250 Prevention
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, Inc. Comprehensive Legal Assistance to Prevent Criminal Activity (CLAPCA)  $40,000 Intervention
Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) Youth Community Building Institute (YCBI)  $20,000 Neighborhood -based Strategies
Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition’s Ten Point Model  $50,000 Violence Reduction
Indy Public Safety Foundation Revitalizing the Original Community Policing Model: Indy Police Athletic League  $46,000 Prevention
Inner Beauty Program, Inc. Crime Prevention through Transformational Mentoring, Exposure, and Opportunities  $40,000 Intervention
John H. Boner Community Center Rapid Response Reentry (R3) Program  $35,000 Intervention
Mackida Loveal & Trip Mentoring Outreach Center R.A.C.E. PROJECT ( REACHING A COURSE OF EXCELLENCE)  $50,000 Prevention
Martin Luther King Community Center Neighborhood Crime Prevention  $45,000 Violence Reduction
Murphy Mentoring Group, Inc. U-Turn Mentoring (Violence Prevention and Reduction Program)  $14,000 Prevention
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Project GRACE (Guided Re-Entry Assistance and Community Education)  $60,000 Intervention
Nine 13, Inc. Kids Building Bikes  $30,000 Prevention
PACE, Inc. Promoting Public Safety Through Effective Re-Entry  $80,000 Intervention
Pathway Resource Center, Inc. Project HOT (Helping Others Transform)  $40,000 Prevention
Peace Learning Center Youth Power for Peaceful Classrooms  $65,000 Prevention
RecycleForce From Prisoner to Citizen  $80,000 Intervention
Sagamore Institute Inc. CRT Know The Code Messaging Initiative  $25,000 Neighborhood-Based Strategy
Shepherd Community, Inc. Near Eastside Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative  $40,000 Violence Reduction
Southside Youth Council (Reach For Youth) Re-engaging at-risk youth in supportive services to prevent recidivism  $60,000 Prevention
Step-Up, Inc. Forensic Social Work in Action: Re-entry services at Step-Up, Inc.  $70,000 Intervention
Stop the Violence Indianapolis, Inc. STVI Youth Action Institute  $40,000 Prevention
TeenWorks TeenWorks Pro and Summer Programs for Youth  $40,000 Prevention
The Bail Project Indianapolis Bail Fund Site  $50,000 Intervention
The Domestic Violence Network Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships Education  $75,000 Prevention
The Hovey Street Church of Christ EVOLVE MENTORING  $20,000 Prevention
Thomas Ridleys 1 Like Me 1 Like Me Community Crime Prevention Program  $50,000 Prevention
Trusted Mentors Mentoring Adults to Remain Out of Prison and Housed  $50,000 Intervention
We Live Inc We LIVE Community Empowerment Plan  $20,000 Violence Reduction


*A previous version of this story included an incorrect grant total for We Live. The correct total is $20,000.

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