Indy Summer Youth Programs

Indy Summer Youth Programs are supported through the Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaboration between The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, and 10 funders in Marion County. For summer 2022, the fund awarded $2,043,115 to support 207 programs, with an average grant size of $14,154. Since 1995, the funding collaborative has awarded more than $55 million to support summer youth programs for Marion County youth. 

Indy Summer Youth Programs focus on providing safe and positive experiences for children and teens, ages 4 to 24, at little or no cost to families. Grants support overnight programs, day programs, academic and artistic enrichment, and youth employment. Recipients represent organizations ranging from religious congregations and area community centers to theaters and parks that offer sports, overnight camping, arts, community service and tutoring. 

The Indianapolis Foundation and Lilly Endowment Inc. manage its grantmaking and other activities. 

Funding partners include: Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc.; Arthur Dean Family Foundation; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation; City of Indianapolis DMD; Indiana University Health; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust; The Clowes Fund Inc.; The Indianapolis Foundation; and The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund


The Summer Youth Program Fund collaboration makes things simpler for grant seekers, funders and grantees. Grant seekers apply once to reach all ten funders; grantees submit one final report that all ten funders review. Applying through the Summer Youth Program Fund is an opportunity for organizations to elevate their programming to new funders, and saves the time of applying to each funder separately. 

Each funder makes its own funding decisions according to its priorities and notifies its grantees separately. Some programs receive grants from more than one funder. More information about funder priorities for 2023 will be posted this summer. Funders collaborate in the allocations process to close as many gaps as possible. Most applicants receive some funding, and the majority of applicants in 2022 received 50% or more of their funding request.  

Aug. 15, 2022 Orientation for 2023. Date and time will be confirmed this summer, and a registration link will be posted.
Aug. 22, 2022 at 8 a.m. Application window opens. The application for 2023 programs will be posted this summer.
Oct. 21, 2022 at 12 p.m. Completed applications for 2023 funding must be submitted by 12pm.
Week of February 6-10, 2023 Applicants notified.
May – August 2023 Summer youth programs take place.
Friday, Sept. 30, 2023 Final reports for 2023 programs due.


Two types of grants are available, program support and capital support.  

Program grants support summer programs for Marion County youth that provide safe spaces to study, read, learn, connect with friends, play sports, and engage in emotional and educational enrichment. Programs must be for the exclusive benefit of Marion County youth. Grants can support costs such as staffing, program materials, healthy meals and snacks, scholarships that keep programs free or low-cost, and more. Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt or have a fiscal sponsor.

The Lilly Endowment Inc., makes special grants available for modest capital equipment purchases and projects. Criteria for 2023 will be posted this summer. 


  • Instructions for how to apply for 2023 funding will be posted this summer. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the SYPF orientation in August (final date, time and registration link will be posted this summer).  

Final reports for 2022 programs are due Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 at noon. Final report forms for 2022 programs and instructions on how to complete them will be posted this spring.  

Families can visit in the spring for information about available summer programs and how to enroll.