Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund Awards $519,500 to Local Organizations

Grants will support employment, mentoring, and youth nonviolence initiatives, and other justice-focused programs. 

Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund (CIREF) has awarded $519,500 in grants to eleven not-for-profit organizations working to advance racial equity in Indianapolis and its surrounding counties.

“We’re proud to support the critical work of these organizations in our inaugural round of funding,” said Darryl Lockett, co-chair of the CIREF steering committee. “As part of our commitment to equitable grantmaking, we are especially pleased with the diverse breadth of this cohort of grantees – from traditional, neighborhood-based organizations like Flanner House, to upstart, emerging and creative efforts like those of the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop.”

CIREF supports organizations seeking to improve interactions between the Black community and local police in Indianapolis; address the disproportionate number of Black youth in the juvenile and criminal justice system by providing positive alternatives for education and employment; and increase employment, health and wealth opportunities for communities of color.

GRANTS awarded from Central Indiana Racial Equity fund
Grant Purpose
Amount Awarded
Believers United in Local Development  (BUILD) workforce development programming for young adults (ages 16-24) $40,000
Community Action of Greater Indianapolis trauma-informed community-building efforts $30,000
Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church spiritual boot camp programming for boys and men $75,000
Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center, Inc. employment and community-building programs $75,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. employment and food justice initiatives $50,000
Indiana Prison Writers Workshop writing workshops for formerly incarcerated people $12,000
Indy Public Safety Foundation youth mentoring programming in partnership with the Indianapolis Police Athletic & Activities League $22,500
Martin University culturally responsive community engagement and involvement programming $75,000
MLK Center youth nonviolence initiatives $50,000
Public Advocates for Community Re-entry (PACE) community service programming for justice-involved youth $40,000
ProAct Indy programming to support incarcerated parents and their children $50,000
TOTAL:   $519,500


Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund (CIREF) was created in June 2020 with an initial investment of more than $2.2 million to advance effective solutions to racial inequality in Indianapolis and its surrounding counties. The fund was established by the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Lumina Foundation and Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), with contributions from the Anthem Foundation, Buckingham Foundation, Dorsey Foundation, Rick Fuson and Karen Ferguson Fuson, Marianne Glick and Mike Woods, Glick Philanthropies, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, High Alpha, The Indianapolis Foundation, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, and Lilly Endowment Inc., and Pacers Foundation. CICF serves as the fund’s fiscal agent and project manager. Learn more about Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund

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