The Indianapolis Foundation Awards Over $2.8 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 $2,887,027.

The Indianapolis Foundation, part of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (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.

“Our grantmaking simply amplifies the work already being done by leaders in this community,” said Pamela Ross, vice president of community leadership and equitable initiatives for The Indianapolis Foundation. “These investments provide agency for them to move their power for the initiatives the community deems important.”

Some of the organizations receiving funding include:

Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network (IMAN) ($30,000)—This nonpartisan, grassroots organization which strives to provide Muslim Hoosiers an educated, organized and amplified political voice advocating for positive civic and political changes in the State of Indiana. IMAN does three things: legislative advocacy, community engagement and mobilizing the Muslim vote.

MelanatED Leaders ($40,000)—The organization’s mission is to build a powerful community of teachers and educational leaders of color across Indianapolis to inspire, educate, and edify each other for students of color. To achieve this mission, MelanatED Leaders offers programs that mentor, build community, and provide consulting and coaching for current teachers and leaders as well as would-be teachers entering the field.

Why Aren’t You Smiling, Inc. (WAYS) ($41,300)—This BIPOC-led, grassroots organization works to improve youth mental health with high-dosage, affirming group mentoring and programming. All activities are designed to develop mental well-being, healthy coping strategies, self-confidence and self-efficacy.

Organization NameProject TitleAward AmountFund(s)
16 Tech Community CorporationCatalyzing 16 Tech's Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
A Seat At The Table Inc.INCThe Safe Space 2.0$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
ArtMix, Inc. (formerly VSA Indiana)Community Arts Class$32,000F. R. Hensel Fund for Fine Arts, Music, and Education
Arts Council of IndianapolisIndy Arts Council 2023 General Operating Support$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Broadway United Methodist ChurchThe Arts Bridge to Black Mental Health Equity$45,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Cancer Support Community IndianaCommunity Navigation Program$20,000James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women
Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Inc.Helping Our New Neighbors$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)Speak Up! Indianapolis$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation & Fund F. R. Hensel Fund for Fine Arts, Music, and Education
Culture Thru Expressions, IncorporatedProfessional Development I$7,692Family Stabilization
DREAM Alive, Inc.DREAM Alive$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Dress for Success Indianapolis, Inc.Dress for Success Indianapolis: Bridging the Gap to Sustainable Employment Opportunities$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Elevate Indianapolis, Inc.Equipping Indianapolis Urban Youth to Thrive and Contribute to Their Community Through Mentoring$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation & Brown Burse
Englewood Community Development CorporationEnglewood CDC Operating Support$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Fonseca Theatre Company River WestOperating Expenses$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Grassroot ProjectsExecutive Director Salary$47,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Great Commission Church of God2023 Young Men, Inc. Mentoring & Summer College Tour$11,670John and Isabelle Romine Fund for Children
Horizon House, Inc.Comprehensive Services for Neighbors Experiencing Homelessness$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation
HVAF of Indiana, Inc.HVAF of Indiana 2023$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Indiana Community Action AssociationSupporting Community Engagement and Rebuilding Capacity for the Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Indiana Family to FamilyRISE Project (Resources, Information, Support & Education)$25,000Howard Intermill and Marion Intermill Fenstermaker Fund
Indiana Forest Alliance Inc.Indianapolis Urban Forests: Community Perception, Assessment & Knowledge Building$35,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Indiana Immunization CoalitionMoving Towards Health Equity By Addressing Barriers to Vaccination in Minority Populations$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Indiana Muslim Advocacy NetworkMuslim Immigrant and Refugee Civic Engagement Project$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation & Productive Citizens Fund
Indiana University FoundationCenter for Africana Studies and Culture Artist in Residence$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Indianapolis OperaSupport for Professional Singers and Production Staff and Talent for Indianapolis Opera Productions$30,000Pauline K. Stein Fund
Indianapolis Shakespeare CompanyIndy Shakes 2023 General Operating Support: Expanding the Canon$20,000Pauline K. Stein Fund
Judah Ministries IncGeneral Operating Cost$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation & John and Isabelle Romine Fund for Children
Keys2WorkKeys2Working Wellness for YOUng Adults$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Latinas Welding Guild Inc Latinas Welding Guild Operational Support$35,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Martin UniversityPromoting Accessible Quality of Life Experiences - Martin University's National Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
MelanatED LeadersMelanatED Operations for Sustainability$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Mid-States Minority Supplier DevelopmentProgram Manager$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Minority Contractor CollaborationMinority Contractors Collaboration (MCC)$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Mother Loves Garden Inc.Mother Loves Garden Inc$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
NAMI Indianapolis Inc. Helping Teens Build Healthy Coping Skills$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Naptown African American Theatre CollectiveIndianapolis Foundation Grant Applicant - Naptown African American Theatre Collective Inc.$10,000Pauline K. Stein Fund
NOVA X-STREAMNyla Nova Foundation- STEMVersity$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Outreach Unlimited Inc.Sunday Funday$10,000Opportunity Fund
Philippines Cultural Community CenterAsian American Cultural Arts and Social Programs in Indiana$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Phoenix Theatre, Inc.Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre Passion & Purpose Campaign$32,000Ronald A. Block Fund
Riley CenterThe Riley Center - Serving Students and Families Holistically$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Roots InternationalOperational Support$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Saint Florian Center, Inc.Year-Round Program$22,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Seeds of Hope, Inc.Seeds of Hope and Father Glenn O'Connor Homes$50,000The Indianapolis Foundation
SheroesIndy SHEroes 2023-Our story is just beginning...$20,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Silver Citizens Inc.Experience Emotional Wellness In Inspiring New Ways$15,000James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women
Step-Up, Inc.CaseWorthy; Implementation to increase data transparency, reporting, and client care.$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Teach Plus, IncorporatedTransforming Teachers into Systems Level Leaders$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Teach Resource GroupTRG Community Hands$15,000The Indianapolis Foundation
The Home1st FoundationOperational Funding for The Home1st Foundation$10,000Family Stabilization
Thomas Ridley's 1 Like MeCrime Prevention: Enhancement, Advancement, and Progression$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
tmp enterprises, inc. d/b/a Joy's HouseGeneral Operating Support$50,000James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women
Trinity Haven Inc.Trinity Haven: Investing in the Future of LGBTQ+ Young People$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Trusted MentorsMentoring to help adults remain housed$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Why Aren't You Smiling, Inc.Operations 2023$41,300John and Isabelle Romine Fund for Children
Youth Empowered Inc.Explore Program Administrative and Operational Support$30,000The Indianapolis Foundation
Youth Global PerspectivesScale YGP$40,000The Indianapolis Foundation
IUPUI Univeristy LibraryBuilding the Central Indiana Wikipedia Partnership$102,500The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund
Indianapolis Public Library FoundationAdult Summer Reading Program$25,765The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund
Indianapolis Public Library FoundationPartnerships with Early Childcare Centers$28,000The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund
Indianapolis Public Library FoundationMarion County Internet Library$622,100The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund
Indianapolis Public Library FoundationEncyclopedia of Indianapolis$25,000The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund
Media Center Enhancement GrantsSupport media center enhancement grants program for Marion County high schools$250,000The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund

The Indianapolis Foundation directed $1,460,200 in grants to 37 different organizations during this grant round. Additionally, field-of-interest funds with The Indianapolis Foundation contributed $363,462. 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, The Development of Productive Citizens Fund, F.R. Hensel Fund for Fine Art, Music, and Education, Family Stabilization Opportunity Fund, Grassroots Opportunity Fund, Howard Intermill and Marion Intermill Fenstermaker Fund, James Proctor and Isabelle Romine Fund for Children, John Harrison Brown and Robert Burse Fund, Pauline K. Stein Fund, and Ronald A Block provided support. Additionally, The Library Fund, a field of interest fund stewarded by The Indianapolis Foundation, granted $1,053,365 to IUPUI University Library, Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and Media Center Enhancement Grants.

Applications for the next round of funding for The Indianapolis Foundation responsive grants open on June 19.

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

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