Learn about the Central Indiana

Senior Fund


  • The Need
  • The Impact
  • SENIOR FUND general INfo | THE NEED | THE Impact


    Formerly the Indianapolis Retirement Home Fund, the Fund originally existed as part of a small not-for-profit nursing home located at 1731 North Capitol Avenue.

    But an aging building, declining census, and reductions in Medicaid reimbursements led to its closure in 2003. Its $10 million endowment was placed at CICF, where it became a fund with a mission to support programs and opportunities for low- to moderate-income older adults in Central Indiana, especially programs for under-served or isolated senior populations. Besides its responsive grantmaking support to senior-serving organizations, the Central Indiana Senior Fund is also strategic and proactive in its funding to identify and address the unique needs of, and opportunities for, seniors. In 2009, the advisors for the Central Indiana Senior Fund committed $500,000 over three years for the Elders at the Table (EAT) Initiative to improve the food provision system for seniors in Central Indiana and impact senior access to nutritious food. Your contribution to the fund will make a big difference to elderly people, today and in the future. For more information about the Central Indiana Senior Fund and the needs of seniors, contact Ruthie Purcell-Jones, Director of Philanthropic Services.


    Grant Applications

    The Central Indiana Senior Fund established a new process in 2014, requiring applicants to complete a Proposal Concept Form. After submitting the Proposal Concept Form, the Senior Fund invites qualified organizations to submit a full proposal. The deadline for the 2015 Proposal Concept Form was May 29. Central Indiana Senior Fund Advisors convene in October to make funding decisions on grant proposals. More information can be found in the 2015 Central Indiana Senior Fund Grant Guidelines.

    If you have any questions regarding the Senior Fund, contact Alyse Vail.

    View a list of last year’s grantees.


    Central Indiana Senior Fund Advisors 

    Chair Patricia B. Prosser Advisors H. Ken Bennett Susan J. Guyett Kim Jacobs Karen King James Leich Jane Malkoff Ellen Miller, PhD Pam Velo Anne Emison Wishard