Mayor Joe Hogsett and The Indianapolis Foundation Announce Fourth Round of Elevation Grant Program

Grant round focuses on five areas of impact

Today, Mayor Joe Hogsett and The Indianapolis Foundation announced that the fourth round of the Elevation Grant Program is now open at The grant program utilizes The Indianapolis Foundation’s equity framework and gives priority to organizations clearly demonstrating immediate intentionality around violence reduction and supporting programs using evidence-based violence reduction programming or promising strategies that also elevate the assets, aspirations, hope and the safety of neighborhoods impacted by violence.

Pamela Ross

Pamela Ross

“The Elevation Grant Program inherently is about shifting power,” said Pamela Ross, vice president of community leadership and equitable initiatives for The Indianapolis Foundation. “We will continue to invest in community members crafting solutions that make Marion County thrive and cultivate resilience and joy. And we trust in their ability to do so.”

During this round of funding, $12.3 million will be granted to organizations focused on the following categories:

  • Thriving neighborhoods
  • Empowered youth and young adults
  • Restoration and resilience
  • Justice-involved supports
  • Intervention

Mayor Joe Hogsett

“The Elevation Grant is a critical funding opportunity for neighborhood groups dedicated to the enrichment of residents in underserved areas,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Since 2022, the City of Indianapolis has funded—and The Indianapolis Foundation has administered—this grant at its highest-ever levels, empowering more of the local organizations that know our community best.”

The Indianapolis Foundation is hosting a grant preparation clinic on Tuesday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. The session will allow potential applicants to receive tailored guidance to navigate eligibility and the application process. Register for the clinic here.

To learn more about the Elevation Grant Program and funding eligibility, visit The application deadline is Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. Learn more and apply here. 


The Indianapolis Foundation, founded in 1916, is a public charity and part of the larger Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) philanthropic collaborative. As Indiana’s oldest and largest community foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation aims 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. It awards approximately $9 million annually from its Endowment for Indianapolis to support current and future community needs and is governed by a board of six publicly appointed directors. Learn more about The Indianapolis Foundation.


Mayor Hogsett announced a comprehensive violence reduction plan in fall 2021, powered by $150 million in American Rescue Plan funds unanimously approved by the City-County Council. The plan emphasizes law enforcement investments, including $9 million in modern policing technology, 100 new IMPD officer positions, and up to 40 IMPD civilian positions to cover non-emergencies. It also addresses root causes of violence through $45 million for grassroots violence prevention organizations, 50 peacemakers to engage with those at risk of becoming perpetrators or victims of gun violence, $30 million for mental health resources, and more.

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