Central Indiana Senior Fund Awards $715,189 to Local Organizations

Grants support safety, health and well-being of seniors in Central Indiana

Central Indiana Senior Fund, a special interest fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded grants to 25 senior-serving not-for-profit organizations totaling $715,189. The Senior Fund advisory board selected organizations that alleviate barriers and create opportunities for a growing senior population in Central Indiana.

Organizations supported by Senior Fund align with one or more of the fund’s priority areas, indicated by research as the areas of need for the aging population:

  • basic needs—food, transportation and shelter
  • health and wellness—illness prevention and overall wellness
  • living environment of choice—affordable housing, home care and safety
  • life-affirming opportunity—programs that utilize talents and increase social interactions among seniors in Central Indiana

Programs receiving support include:

Christamore House—$38,500 will provide seniors in the communities of Haughville and the Near West Side of Indianapolis with regular opportunities for social interaction, enriching activities, hot and nutritious meals, health screenings and nutritional information, and field trips to local attractions.

CrossRoads Church at Westfield—$10,000 will support home repairs to senior-owned homes in Hamilton County so seniors can age in place. The church will host a mission camp of approximately 300 middle and high school students who will spend seven days repairing the homes and interacting with seniors.

Johnson County Senior Services—$50,000 will support door-to-door transportation for Johnson County seniors.

Additional grants were awarded to: Boone County Senior Services, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, CICOA, Concord Center Association, Connect2Help,  Edna Martin Christian Center, Englewood Community Development Corporation, Fletcher Place Community Center, Gennesaret Free Clinic, Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development, Indiana Parkinson Foundation, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, Johnson County Senior Services, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County, NeighborLink Indianapolis Foundation, Oasis Indianapolis, Shelby Senior Services, Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.


Central Indiana Senior Fund was created in 2003 upon the decision to close The Indianapolis Retirement Home, a retirement home for low-income senior citizens. The funds from the sale of the home and its land, in addition to the retirement home’s endowment, all contributed to the creation of the Indianapolis Retirement Home Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation, now known as Central Indiana Senior Fund. Since its creation, Central Indiana Senior Fund has awarded more than  $10 million to organizations and projects serving the senior population. Learn more about Central Indiana Senior Fund.

2019 CENTRAL INDIANA senior fund GRANTs
Project Title
Amount Awarded
Boone County Senior Services Operating support to promote independence and provide enriching opportunities for older adults in Boone County $50,000
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre Sneakview – musical theater workshops and community days $10,000
Christamore House Senior Citizen Impact Project $38,500
CICOA Operating support to connect Central Indiana older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers to better care $50,000
Concord Center Association One Size Fits All: Engaging Southside Senior Neighbors $28,389
Connect2Help Operating support for call center connecting people to social services $25,000
CrossRoads Church at Westfield Hoosier Home Repairs 2020 $10,000
Edna Martin Christian Center Martindale Brightwood senior legacy consortium $30,000
Englewood Community Development Corporation Senior resident empowerment $30,000
Fletcher Place Community Center Golden Age program promoting social engagement and activity for seniors $5,000
Gennesaret Free Clinic Access to dental care for low-income seniors $25,000
Hamilton County Area Neigh. Dev. (HAND) Owner-occupied home repairs for seniors $17,500
Indiana Parkinson Foundation Program director/executive assistant for Central Indiana $20,800
Indianapolis Art Center Art elders and senior group art activities $10,000
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Golden Advocacy program providing senior citizens the opportunity to retain their independence through access to legal and social resources $50,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Seniors on the Move program $10,000
Johnson County Senior Services Operating support for door-to-door transportation to Johnson County residents age 60 and over to locations within Johnson County and southern Marion County $50,000
Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation Senior livability program $20,000
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County Sponsor-a-Senior meals program $25,000
NeighborLink Indianapolis Foundation Funding for development director $35,000
Oasis Indianapolis Operating support to promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement $50,000
Shelby Senior Services Operating support to respond to the needs of seniors and their families in Shelbyville $50,000
Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County Reaching Resources $25,000
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Home delivered groceries $25,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Ransburg YMCA program for older adults $25,000

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