Community Crime Prevention Program Accepting Applications

$2.2 million to support long- and short-term crime prevention and capacity-building projects

The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program is accepting applications now through Sept. 15 for its 2020-2021 funding round. 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 will continue to work in alignment with the city’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership Grant program to support evidence-based violence reduction programming and wraparound services. The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program will consider applications that received funding from the city’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership but only for new and/or supportive programs. 

A total of $2,200,000 will be allocated in the following categories: $1.1 million for long-term crime prevention activities, including activities relating to re-entry; $1.1 million for short-term crime prevention, crime reduction and other community outreach activities. 

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

  • Focus on integrated, evidence-based outreach activities through discrete activities, active violence disruption, and community canvassing/outreach that targets, engages and involves hard-to-reach populations connected to gun-violence related activities 
  • Provide intervention services to youth (16-24) and adults (24-30) currently interacting with the criminal justice system, to community-based services to build the necessary infrastructure to prevent violent crimes in Indianapolis and capable of delivering measurable results in the areas of employment and job retention for the population(s) of focus 
  • Improve neighborhood safety within IMPD’s patrol districts through community mobilization efforts to reduce or prevent crime in a specific geographical area 
  • Partner with public agencies (The Office of Public Health & Safety, law enforcement, courts, probation and parole) to help or prevent crime in our community 

Applications will be accepted until noon on Sept. 15, 2020, 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. 

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