Central Indiana Senior Fund Awards Nearly $1M to Local Organizations 

Central Indiana Senior Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded grants to 31 senior-serving not-for-profits totaling $979,762. The Senior Fund advisory board selected organizations that continue to provide essential services to the senior community in Central Indiana during the COVID-19 pandemic.    

Central Indiana Senior Fund reassessed its 2020 grantmaking guidelines to effectively respond to emerging senior and organizational needs in response to the pandemic. COVID-19 has forced many seniors to isolate in their homes and created additional barriers to access basic needs. Grants focused on operating support to senior organizations in multiple Central Indiana counties, including delivering food for seniors. For the most recent grant round, the fund advisors used data-based learnings from the recently released State of Aging Report to ensure funding was targeted to priority areas that address the need of our growing senior community. These areas include food access, mitigating isolation and loneliness, decreasing senior homelessness, and supporting programs that serve seniors of color, including those who are undocumented.  

Released earlier this year, the State of Aging Report is a collaborative effort of the Central Indiana Senior Fund and the Polis Center at IUPUI that provides place-based information related to aging in this community. Research shows that older adults are the fastest-growing demographic in Central Indiana, as approximately 24,000 adults turn 55 and 22,000 turn 60 each year. By the year 2030, one in every five Hoosiers will be over the age of 65. To enhance the ability of older adults to live and thrive in Central Indiana, it is essential to understand the population trends, notable changes, and basic needs of this growing demographic. 

“We’re committed to protecting the well-being of our entire senior population in Central Indiana and ensuring that all Hoosiers can live with dignity and self-worth during their later years,” said James Leich, chair of the Central Indiana Senior Fund. “We know supporting these organizations will allow crucial services to be provided during this ongoing global crisis.”  

Organization Funding Request Grant Amount 
Actors Ink  Senior art program at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church $20,000 
ArtMix Art classes for local seniors $20,000 
Cancer Support Community Food and transportation assistance through Patient Assistance Fund $25,000 
Center for At-Risk Elders Operating support for its adult guardianship program $50,000 
Centers of Wellness for Urban Women Wellness Initiative for Senior Education $30,000 
Community Action of Greater Indianapolis Senior Improvement Services - health education & lunch/learn series $30,000 
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside Senior transportation  $25,000 
Concord Neighborhood Center Older adult enrichment program $24,188 
Dental Lifeline Network - Indiana Free dental services for seniors $20,000 
Edna Martin Christian Center Senior Angels program $50,000 
Educational Designations Direct financial assistance to senior vets leaving incarceration $45,000 
Eskenazi Health Foundation  Direct financial assistance to patients, durable medical equipment, emergency response systems $30,000 
Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek Senior programming $20,000 
Flanner House of Indianapolis Senior programming $50,000 
Gennesaret Free Clinic Free dental clinic for seniors $30,000 
George T. Goodwin Community Center Operating support  $20,000 
Heritage Place of Indianapolis Operating support $40,000 
Horizon House Services for seniors experiencing homelessness $35,000 
John Boner Neighborhood Centers Transportation for seniors $28,600 
Joy's House Operating support for adult day center $50,000 
McGivney Health Care Center Flooring, bariatric beds and commercial food processor $30,000 
Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana Operating support $45,000 
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County Sponsor-a-Meal Program $35,114 
Meals on Wheels of Hancock County Operating support $38,000 
NeighborLink Indianapolis Foundation Expand client services department $50,000 
The Parks Alliance of Indianapolis Maintain and expand Riverside Nutrition Hub for seniors $13,860 
The Salvation Army Tablets, outdoor furnishings, transportation and staffing for Booth Manor Apartments senior housing facility $10,000 
Servants at Work Building materials for 25 accessible ramps $40,000 
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Indianapolis Food and packaging supplies for the food pantry and Home Delivered Groceries Program $25,000 
Trusted Mentors Operating support  $25,000 
Westminster Neighborhood Services Food for seniors $25,000 
TOTAL $979,762 

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