The Indianapolis Foundation Awards Over $1.3 million to Community Partners

The Indianapolis Foundation’s board of directors has approved grants and investments for Marion County not-for-profits,  projects  and initiatives  totaling $1,338,310.

The Indianapolis Foundation, a member of the CICF philanthropic collaborative, awarded responsive grants that align with the foundation’s mission to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential no matter place, race or identity. The Indianapolis Foundation’s grants support either general operating costs or program support for organizations.

“We want to support organizations grounded in community and continuously working to ensure the community thrives,” said Pamela Ross, vice president of community leadership and equitable initiatives for The Indianapolis Foundation.

Some of the organizations receiving funding include:

George Washington Hub Club, Inc. is an extended day program at George Washington Community High School, formed by students and AmeriCorps volunteers to create a space of fun, leadership, and sense of belonging. Students help design activities, which include academic enrichment, financial literacy, career exploration, mental health support, arts and cultural field trips, and mentoring. In addition to creating community and relationships, the Hub helps keep students on track academically and helps them prepare for life after graduation.

Iibada Dance Company has served the Indianapolis community for 30 years, providing cultural enrichment and structure through dance instruction. They also encourage positive self-esteem for students ages 3 – 21. Its Dare to Dance Initiative is a community-based program that provides equitable access to dance education to underserved low-income families.

Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative (MCSCI) provides supportive services to individuals and families affected by Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). These services include general counseling, referral services, emergency financial assistance, transportation assistance, food assistance, and support group assistance. The target population includes individuals and families who are affected by SCD, the majority of whom are of African descent, across age range and gender.

OrganizationProgram Amount AwardedFund(s)
100 Black Men of Indianapolis, IncOperational Grant$9,760John Harrison Brown and Robert Burse Fund
Brightwood Community Center Inc.General Operating Support$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Brothers United Inc. dba BU Wellness NetworkLeading The Way: An Innovative Approach to Wellness$35,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Castleton United Methodist Church, Inc. - fiscal for Still Waters Adult Day CenterStill Waters Adult Day Center$25,000James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women
Christel House Academy, Inc.Christel House Indianapolis: Equity for All$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Communities In Schools Indiana CIS Support for Decatur Township$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Earth Charter IndianaEarth Charter Indiana operations support$20,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Eastgate Christian Church, Inc. dba Autumn Leaves of Eastgate Adult Day CenterAutumn Leaves of Eastgate (ALOE) Adult Day Center$25,000James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. Flanner House Center for Working Families-"To Career and Homeowner"$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
George Washington Hub Club, Inc. The HUB: Legacies and Growth Program for the Youth of Indianapolis$35,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Grace Vision Center Services, Inc. Board President$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation & The John and Isabelle Romine Fund for Children
Greater Indianapolis Literacy League (Indy Reads)Increasing Volunteer and Community Engagement at Indy Reads$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation
HE CARES I Want To Play Outside$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Health by Design, IncAdvancing complex community change to achieve healthy, equitable, thriving communities$35,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Heritage Place of Indianapolis, Inc. Heritage Place of Indianapolis, Inc. General Operation Support/Programs & Services; Senior Planet$15,000James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women
Hoosier Environmental Council Advancing Environmental Justice in Indianapolis - Community Engagement, Policy and Planning$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Iibada Dancers, Inc.Dare To Dance Initiative$35,000F.R. Hensel Fund for Fine Art, Music, and Education
Indiana Performing Arts Centre Indiana Performing Arts Theatre - Operational Support$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance, Inc. Operational Support for Undocumented Leadership$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation & Development of Productive Citizens Fund
Indianapolis Ballet Inc. Operating Support 2022/2023$26,000Clare Noyes Fund for Ballet
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, Inc.The Indianapolis Legal Aid Community Driver License Restoration Program$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Indy Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Chamber 465 Co-working Space$35,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Indy Convergence, Inc. Indy Convergence capacity growth$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Knot Today, Inc.Knot Today's Child Sex Abuse, Exploitation, and Trafficking Prevention Program$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Lafayette Square Area Coalition IncInternational Marketplace Coalition Cultural Awareness Initiative$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Lakeview Temple, Inc. Lakeview Chidcare and Preschool$50,000The John and Isabelle Romine Fund for Children
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Rides of Hope Transportation Program$20,000James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women
Marion County Commission on YouthStrengthening the Grassroots: Increasing their Capacity to do Good$25,750The Indianapolis Foundation
Martin Center, Inc.Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative Operating Support$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Morning Brown Morning Brown, Inc.: Opera...from a Sistah's Point of View Outreach Programs$5,500Charlotte Reeves Music Appreciation Fund
Morning Light, Inc.Equitable End of Life Housing, Education, and Pathways Out of Poverty at The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home$50,000James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women
Mozel Sanders Foundation, Inc.Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Dinner$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Naptown UnitedNaptown United Youth Soccer League and Social Emotional Learning$32,000The Indianapolis Foundation
NeighborLink Indianapolis FoundationHome Repair for Aging in Place and Community Stabilization$50,000James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women
Operation: Job Ready VeteransEmpowering Female and Minority Veterans through Career Transition Services$42,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Outreach, Inc.Multidimensional Support for Youth & Young Adult Lifelong Success$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Project Azul, IncWorkforce Development Training Program$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Project Transformation IndianaYouth Literacy and Holistic Development Program$15,000The John and Isabelle Romine Fund for Children
St. Mary's Child CenterFamily Engagement (2Generational) Programming$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Stopover, Inc.Stopover, Inc. Transitional Housing-Rapid Rehousing Program$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Workforce, Inc dba RecycleForceOperational Support for RecycleForce$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Youth Empowered, Inc. Explore Program (Academic Year)$7,300The Indianapolis Foundation
Total $1,338,310

During this grant round, The Indianapolis Foundation directed $972,550 in grants to 42 different organizations. Additionally, field-of-interest funds with The Indianapolis Foundation contributed $365,260. These funds are created by individuals or families who wish to support a specific organization or cause beyond their lifetime and are stewarded by The Indianapolis Foundation in fulfilling donor intent. During this round of funding,  Clara Noyes Fund for Ballet, Charlotte Reeves Music Appreciation Fund, Development of Productive Citizens Fund, F.R. Hensel Fund for Fine Art, Music, and Education, James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women, John Harrison Brown and Robert Burse Fund, and The John and Isabelle Romine Fund for Children provided support.

Applications for the next round of funding for The Indianapolis Foundation responsive grants opens on Dec. 12.

 Learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking priorities and how to apply.

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