The Indianapolis Foundation Awards Over $2.7 Million in Grants

The Indianapolis Foundation’s board of directors has approved grants and investments for Marion County not-for-profits, projects and initiatives totaling $2,704,444. 

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of CICF, directed $1,971,000 to investment plans and opportunity funds. Investment plans and opportunity funds are essential tools to assist CICF in supporting its community leadership work and leading initiatives aligned with its mission and strategic plan 

“These allocations help us deliver on our promises to the Marion County community,” said Tamara Winfrey-Harris, vice president of community leadership and effective philanthropy. “The funds support our work in economic mobility, family stabilization, criminal justice reform and violence reduction, neighborhood empowerment and placemaking, dismantling institutional racism and other key areas.”

Some of the initiatives supported through investment plans and opportunity funds include:

MORTAR ($100,000) – CICF is partnering with MORTAR and other local organizations to provide support to historically marginalized entrepreneurs in Indianapolis. MORTAR, established in Cincinnati, has a five-part program: the academy which utilizes culturally competent materials developed by MORTAR, an alumni network focused on mentoring, pop-up shop experience, the Iron Chest which is capital support, and advocacy.

Movement of 10,000 ($425,000)– The foundation is developing a multi-platform, community-based movement in Indianapolis and Central Indiana to mobilize people to become anti-racist and commit to a practice of acts of equity. Participants will learn about our country and region’s history of racism and the present ramifications, engage in learning journey towards racial equity, and commit to anti-racist actions. 

Connected Communities ($250,000)– CICF is working to create the next level of neighborhood connectivity in Indianapolis through the creation of the B&O Trailbike and pedestrian trails with a priority focus on underappreciated Black and Latinx neighborhoods in Haughville, Riverside and Speedway. 

Immigrant Legal Services Fund ($100,000)  CICF is partnering with the City of Indianapolis on a new initiative with the mission to provide equitable access to legal support and representation to the immigrant community in Marion county. 

SEE BELOW FOR FULL LIST OF INITIATIVES AND GRANTS FUNDED 

During this grant round, The Indianapolis Foundation directed $555,000 to responsive grants for 17 different organizations. These grants align with the foundation’s equity framework, and each organization has established a commitment to prioritize equity and inclusion.

Additionally, field of interest funds with The Indianapolis Foundation contributed $178,444. These field of interest funds are created by donors who wish to support a specific organization or cause beyond their lifetime and stewarded by The Indianapolis Foundation in fulfilling the donor’s intent. The following field of interest funds provided support: Ronald A. Block Fund, Howard Intermill and Marion Intermill Fenstermaker Fund, James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women, Pauline K. Stein Fund, and Evan Woolen Fund for Fine Arts.

ORGANIZATION
PROJECT
FUNDED BY
ALLOCATION
AMOUNT AWARDED
RESPONSIVE GRANTS
ArtMix, Inc. (formerly VSA Indiana) Community Arts Class 2021 Howard Intermill & Marion Intermill Fenstermaker Fund Responsive Grant $40,000
Constructing Our Future Home Base for Safe Reentry The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $20,000
Destiny Steps Inc. Child Development Associate (CDA) Training
Program
The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $50,000
Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood
Center at Crooked Creek
FBGNC Seven Touches of Engagement The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $25,000
Fonseca Theatre Company River
West
Fonseca Theatre Company
Community/Cultural Center
Ronald A. Block Field of Interest Fund Responsive Grant $35,000
Greater Indianapolis Literacy League (Indy Reads) Increasing Equity Through Education The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $25,000
Harrison Center for the Arts Fighting Cultural Gentrification The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $25,000
Horizon House, Inc. coordinated entry expansion James Proctor Fund for Aged Men & Women Responsive Grant $25,000
Indiana Immunization Coalition Indiana Immunization Coalition Mobile
Vaccine Clinic
The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $25,000
Indiana Latino Institute Indiana Latino Institute Education Program The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $50,000
Indiana Youth Group, Inc. Independent Life Skills The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $40,000
Indianapolis Art Center Black Lives Matter mural artists community
programming
Evans Woollen Fund for Fine Arts Responsive Grant $23,444
Indianapolis Opera general operating support Pauline K. Stein Fund Responsive Grant $25,000
The Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation Creating Equity of Opportunity for IPS Students The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $50,000
Jump IN for Healthy Kids operations and Food Hub feasibility study The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $25,000
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. general operating support The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $25,000
Martin Luther King Community Center Disrupting Systemic Racism and Increasing
Opportunity in the Mid-North Neighborhood
The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $35,000
Martindale-Brightwood Community Development Corporation Housing and Urban Development Initiative The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $35,000
Mentoring Women’s Network
Foundation Inc
Addressing and Rectifying Inequality for
Women across Central Indiana
The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $25,000
PATTERN Accelerating Indy’s Creative
Economy, Equitably
The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $35,000
Saint Florian Center, Inc. Saint Florian Center (SFC) Year-Round
Programs
The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $40,000
TMP Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Joy’s House Joy’s House General Operations for
Sustainability and Inclusion
James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women Responsive Grant $30,000
Trusted Mentors Mentoring adults towards empowerment The Indianapolis Foundation Responsive Grant $25,000
INVESTMENT PLANS AND OPPORTUNITY FUND ALLOCATIONS
Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund (CIREF)  support of CIREF The Indianapolis Foundation Criminal Justice Reform Investment Plan $150,000
CICF development and support of Movement of 10K digital platform The Indianapolis Foundation Dismantling Systemic Racism Investment Plan $425,000
CICF staff support for Opportunity Youth Collaborative The Indianapolis Foundation Economic Mobility Investment Plan $50,000
CICF Community Ambassador Fund  support of CICF Community Ambassadors The Indianapolis Foundation Ambassador Program Investment Plan $130,000
Connecting Communities – B&O Trail creation of 17 miles of bike and pedestrian trails in Haughville, Riverside and Speedway communities The Indianapolis Foundation Neighborhood Empowerment & Placemaking Investment Plan $250,000
The District Theatre support for summer performances in outdoor space and incubation for a Black professional resident theatre company The Indianapolis Foundation Partnership & Innovation Investment Plan $50,000
The Eskenazi Foundation transportation for clients at Assessment Intervention Center The Indianapolis Foundation Criminal Justice Reform Investment Plan $30,000
GANGGANG general operating support The Indianapolis Foundation Neighborhood Empowerment & Placemaking Investment Plan $50,000
Glow-Up Project support for programming with Indiana Pride of Color, a Juneteenth Celebration and others The Indianapolis Foundation Partnership & Innovation Investment Plan $20,000
Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)  the continued work of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity initiative in Indianapolis with City-County Council The Indianapolis Foundation Dismantling Systemic Racism Investment Plan $50,000
Hamilton County Community Foundation support for The Collaboration Hub The Indianapolis Foundation Partnership & Innovation Investment Plan $30,000
Housing to Recovery Fund supports critical supportive services to keep people sustainably housed The Indianapolis Foundation Family Stabilization Investment Plan $100,000
IMPACT Central Indiana investment support to IMPACT’s Racial Equity Fund The Indianapolis Foundation Dismantling Systemic Racism Investment Plan $100,000
The Indianapolis Foundation Scholarships support for adapting scholarship process to ensure inclusive and equitable access The Indianapolis Foundation Economic Mobility Investment Plan $30,000
Indianapolis Immigrant Legal Services Fund implementing partnerships with the City of Indianapolis and others to provide direct legal representation to the immigrant community The Indianapolis Foundation Family Stabilization Investment Plan $100,000
The Learning Tree advising CICF staff and Community Ambassadors The Indianapolis Foundation Ambassador Program Investment Plan $70,000
MORTAR bringing MORTAR’s curriculum and training to the Indianapolis market The Indianapolis Foundation Economic Mobility Investment Plan $100,000
The Narrative Project create model and partnerships  with civic, health, community and social leaders to advance social systems changes aimed at breaking down structural racism The Indianapolis Foundation Family Stabilization Investment Plan $50,000
Reconnection to Our Waterways neighborhood beautification, education and connectivity projects The Indianapolis Foundation Neighborhood Empowerment &Placemaking Investment Plan $75,000
SMS Consulting community building technical assistance The Indianapolis Foundation Neighborhood Empowerment &Placemaking Investment Plan $36,000
Steward Speakers support for the 2021 speakers line up The Indianapolis Foundation Dismantling Systemic Racism Investment Plan $25,000
Truth and Reconciliation Project support for planning and incubation The Indianapolis Foundation Dismantling Systemic Racism Investment Plan $25,000
Victor development of a new digital platform that connects people to goods and services from local companies that are owned by BIPOC The Indianapolis Foundation Partnership & Innovation Investment Plan $25,000
TOTAL $2,704,444

 

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GRANTS awarded from Violent Crime Prevention Grants Program
ORGANIZATION
PROJECT TITLE
AWARD AMOUNT
B4U Fall Operation Hotspot Interruption $40,000
TOTAL    $2,200,000

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