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

Mayor Joe Hogsett and The Indianapolis Foundation, a member of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) philanthropic collaborative, announced the fourth round of funding awarded by the Elevation Grant Program. As a result, 72 grants will be distributed to Indianapolis not-for-profits and initiatives totaling $12,127,356.

Fourth-round recipients of Elevation Grants include: 

George Washington HUB Club Inc.  

George Washington Hub Club Inc. (The HUB) provides academic assistance, community involvement opportunities, and enriching activities in a fun, safe, respectful environment for the youth of Indianapolis. Grant funding will allow The Hub to expand programming for youth at George Washington High School and introduce the program at other high schools. Learn more.   

Project Will 

Project Will creates opportunities for participants to give back to their supportive communities by volunteering, conducting personal responsibility classes and job readiness training that fosters growth and facilitating a peer mentoring program that allows individuals who have progressed through initiatives to lead by example. With this grant, Project Will can expand their LINKS (Leadership, Initiative, Neighborly, Knowledge and Skills) Initiative to support justice-involved individuals. Learn more.   

Sea Scope  

Sea Scope’s mission is to increase diversity in science and aquatics for the purpose of increasing the conservation efforts of our ocean. Educational workshops, aquatics training, and hands-on learning experiences are provided through high-quality youth development programs. Grant funding will allow Sea Scope to continue taking its innovative approach to increasing youth confidence and relationships with adults. Learn more. 


Keys2Work helps homeless and justice-involved individuals successfully transition into the workforce through employment assistance, workforce certifications, workplace mentoring, and job placement services. This grant will allow Key2Work to continue its programming that breaks barriers to re-entry and employment. Learn more. 

See the full list of recipients below.
Pamela Ross

Pamela Ross

“Through the Elevation Grant Program, Indianapolis has awarded a total of $25,657,912.65 across 159 grants.  Significantly, over 60% of these grantees are BIPOC-led, exemplifying a commitment to creating more equitable opportunities and supporting efforts to build community.” said Pamela Ross, vice president of community leadership and equitable initiatives for The Indianapolis Foundation. “This investment demonstrates a powerful shift in the dynamics of influence, placing resources and decision-making into the hands of historically underrepresented communities.” 

Funding was granted to organizations focused on the following categories: Thriving neighborhoods, empowered youth and young adults, restoration and resilience, justice-involved support and intervention. 

The grant program utilized The Indianapolis Foundation’s equity framework and gives priority to organizations clearly demonstrating immediate intentionality around root causes of violence 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. 

Mayor Joe Hogsett

“In 2021, as part of our 150-million-dollar anti-violence strategy, I proposed a five-fold increase in funding for the Elevation Grant program,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Since that time, we have recorded a significant decline in violence in our community. The groups empowered through this grant program represent a critical piece of that promising trend, and I’m excited to see how the newest recipients further our progress.” 

To learn more about the Elevation Grant Program, visit

Recipients of the Elevation Grant Program: Round Two

OrganizationProject TitleAward Amount
Empowered Youth and Young Adults
C HUGHES SCHOOL OF CHANGE INCBUILD Apprenticeship Program$175,000
91 Place Incorporated91 Place: Reducing incidences of homelessness for youth ages 16-24$95,000
BOYS II MEN INCElevating Boys Into Men$100,000
Camptown, IncHopeTrail$143,671
Children's Policy and Law Initiative of IndianaSafe, Respected and Heard YJLP 2nd Year$227,839
Crown Community Development Corporation Inc.Crown Creativity Academy$118,095
Crown Community Development Corporation Inc.Crown Mentoring Enhanced (Phase Two: Middle and High School Students)$179,967
DREAM Alive, Inc.DREAM Alive$248,278
Elevate Indianapolis, Inc.Violence Prevention: Holistic Youth Development Through Sports and Adventure Experiences$93,981
Faith in IndianaBlack Organizing for Health, Safety, and Justice Reform$250,000
Felege Hiywot Center Inc.Elevating youth and young adults from Tragedy to Triumph$250,000
Fight for Life Foundation, Inc.Building Dreams through Prevention & Early Intervention$200,000
George Washington HUB Club Inc.B.leeve, B.legendary & Achieve: Youth is Key$132,990
Groundwork IndyGround Corp and Green team program$248,560
Indiana Youth Group, Inc.Providing Supportive Services to Youth and Young Adults$125,000
Indianapolis Private Industry Council Inc.Westside YES Indy Re-Engagement Center$225,000
Inner Beauty Program, Inc.P3- Push, Pull, Press (Physical, Mental, Emotional Well-Being) Vol2$167,211
Judah MinistriesPride Ignite College and Career$142,500
Kids' Voice of Indiana, Inc.Empowering Success for Older Foster Youth$120,000
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)Healthy Bridges to Careers in Tech (HBCT)$150,000
Martin Luther King Community CenterEmpowering Disconnected Youth and Young Adults through Intensive Mentoring$194,315
Martindale-Brightwood Community Development CorporationBuild 3.5$250,000
MCCOYMarion County Youth Violence Prevention Coalition$125,000
Minority Contractor CollaborationElevating our Youth & Young Adults$125,000
Outreach, Inc.Outreach to Homeless Youth & Young Adults to Prevent Crime$224,008
Partners In HousingCrime Reduction Through Housing Stability$172,021
Peace Learning CenterRestorative Juvenile Justice Initiative$249,719
Positive Character Girls Inc.Positive Character Girls Mentoring With Impact$54,951
Project Will Inc.Expansion of LINKS Program to Support Justice Involved Members$100,000
Sea Scope IncorporatedDiscoverers Journey to AquaForce$125,00
SHE Event IndySHE. Event Indy "Seeds For Growth"$115,000
Use What You've Got Prison Ministry. Keeping Families ConnectedJourney To A New Way Of Life$200,000
Warren Arts and Education Foundation IncCommunity Thriving through Youth and Family Resilience$220,000
Restoration & Resilience
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc.Morningstar Mental Health Services$250,000
Lutheran Child and Family ServicesTEAM-UP (Trauma-Informed Education and Mentoring-Underserved Populations) Against Violence 2.0$135,933
Partnerships for Lawrence dba Arts for LawrenceYouth Empowerment, Community, and Art for a Safer City$50,000
Reach For Youth, IncEnhancing Mental Health Counseling Access for Youth to Prevent Crime$175,868
The Domestic Violence NetworkPreventing Violence and Recidivism and Promoting Resilience through Restorative Justice$245,146
We Bloom Inc.Radical Hospitality through Cultural Humility – We Bloom’s Trauma-Informed Initiative$250,000
We Bloom Inc.Recovery Safe Haven$125,000
We Bloom Inc.The Resiliency and Emotional Support Services Program$150,000
Thriving Neighborhoods
Aspire Higher FoundationUrban Bloom: Blight to Light in Northwest Landing$125,000
Brightwood Community Center Inc.Promoting Healthy Relationships with Boys and Young Men$124,803
Chin Community of IndianaChin Against Domestic Violence (BIP)$113,397
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc.(fiscal for Project Free University)Project Free University's Financially Lit$198,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc.(fiscal for M.OV.E.)M.O.V.E. Barbershop Talk$175,000
Culture Thru Expressions, IncorporatedReady, Set, Connect!$70,000
Get Well Now MinistriesClean For Green 2024$80,000
Pathway Resource Center, Inc.Driven 2 Success (D2S) Micro Transit Transportation Program$150,000
Servants of Christ Lutheran ChurchLaundry & More$100,000
Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Inc.We CANN Champions Vol. 4$200,000
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion CountyEskenazi Health Prescription for Hope Violence Intervention Program$188,606
Horizon House, Inc.Reentry: Homeless to Housed$148,254
Justice Involved Supports
Believers United In Local DevelopmentBUILD crime reduction through workforce development$228,514
Eclectic Soul VOICES CorporationVOICES Healing Centered Housing Initiative$250,000
Educational Destinations, Inc.EDI Breaking the Chain II$248,415
Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center, Inc.Support services for justice involved fathers$249,563
Judah MinistriesCrime Prevention Program$250,000
Keys2WorkKeys2 Working Pathways$249,617
Martin UniversityEducation for ALL Expansion$250,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal ClinicReducing Recidivism through Re-Entry Grace: Expungements & Reengagement$250,000
New Life Development Ministries, Inc.Re-Entry Training and Employment for Justice$85,000
PACE, Inc.Transformative Services for Justice-Involved Citizens$250,000
Step-Up, Inc.RISE: Reentry Interventions, Services, and Empowerment$240,073
Trusted MentorsMentoring to Reduce Recidivism$244,874
Boys & Girls Clubs of IndianapolisDiversion 2.0: Logistical & Equity Support for Safer Communities$230,000
Greater Indianapolis Progress CommitteeMarion County Reentry Coalition$248,240
Thomas Ridley's 1 Like MePeer Mentoring - The Connect$249,947


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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