community crime prevention

grant program


The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program is funded from public resources allocated annually by Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council and is administered by The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate.


The 2016 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program will consider organizations that clearly demonstrate an immediate intentionality around crime prevention and support programs that:

  • Prevent violent crimes among residents
  • Provides prevention or intervention services to adults or youth facing unique challenges
  • Improves neighborhood safety
  • Partners with public agencies to help or prevent crime in our community

Geographic Restriction: Marion County

Interest Area: Violence Reduction, Intervention, Prevention, Public Safety Partnerships, and Neighborhood-Based Strategies (see explanation below)

Grant award range: $5,000-$100,000

Grant funds must be expended between October 1, 2016 and September 1, 2017

Organizations must be a 501(c) (3) public charitable organization or a public entity partnering with a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as a fiscal agent.

Crime Prevention is defined as “any effort that seeks to reduce initial or chronic interaction with criminal and/or juvenile justice systems and increase the safety of Indianapolis residents and their neighborhoods by reducing risk factors (factors that increase the likelihood of engaging with juvenile or criminal justice system) or increasing protective factors (factors that decrease the impact of risk factors).”

Priority will be given to those community efforts and initiatives that:

  • Serve African American Males ages 14-24 in high crimes areas
  • Serve youth and adults that have previously interacted with criminal or juvenile justice system.
  • Serve neighborhoods and youth/adults from the following Department of Public Safety’s focus areas: 16th and Tibbs; 29th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, 34th and Illinois Street, 38th and Sherman Drive, 42nd and Post Road, New York and Sherman Drive. 

2016 Community Crime Prevention Grant Priorities

Violence Reduction: These programs focus their efforts on reducing violent crimes in Marion County.  Organizations should be able to demonstrate how efforts impacted violent crime statistics, preventing a violent crime from taking place, or the ability to effectively partner with law enforcement to reduce violence in the community.  This effort may include:

  • A focus on preventing and/or reducing homicides and violence involving Marion County residents
  • A focus to preventing and/or reducing gang violence, involving Marion County Youth
  • Youth-led efforts that engage the community to help reduce youth violence.

Intervention:  These programs focus their efforts on providing supportive services to residents currently interacting with the criminal justice system.  These services support productive citizenship, financial self-sufficiency and reduce recidivism.  Organizations applying in this area should be able to demonstrate how efforts influence an individual’s ability to gain skills, obtain work, secure housing, and prevent interaction with local criminal justice system after being convicted of a crime.  These efforts may include:

  • A focus on providing support services to delinquent youth to prevent interaction with the juvenile justice system, the adult criminal justice systems, or gangs.
  • A focus on providing support services to adult offenders and ex-offenders to become economically self-sufficient, reintegrate into the local community and reduce recidivism

Prevention:  These programs focus their efforts on providing supportive services (such as employment, education, mentoring and family support services) to youth and adults who face unique challenges and may have a higher likelihood of community disengagement without the proper interventions strategies.  Organizations applying in this area should be able to demonstrate impact of services and the ability to improve current conditions of program participants.

This effort may include a focus to increase protective factors and develop resiliency skills of specific targeted youth and adult populations, including:

  • Youth (12-22) who are: foster youth, struggling academically, suspended or expelled from school multiple times, truant, or known to be affiliated with gang activity
  • Adults (22 or older) who: face unique social-economic or social emotional challenges, e.g., chronic unemployment, suffering substance abuse and/or mental illness

Public Safety Partnerships: Community-based efforts that seek to partner with existing public systems (law enforcement, courts, and jails/corrections) to better serve local residents by improving system outcomes and/or reducing system costs.  Organizations applying in this area should be able to demonstrate how efforts will reduce demands on public resources and/or increase positive community and resident outcomes.  These efforts may include:

  • A focus to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of law enforcement, local court systems, and jails/corrections to reduce demands on public resources
  • A focus to improve equity and justice for all Marion County residents

Neighborhood-Based Strategies:  Place-based efforts designed to reduce or prevent crime in a specific geographical area as defined by a neighborhood and/or community.  Organizations applying for support in this area must be able to measure how efforts have increased residents’ safety in a particular area through resident surveys, increase crime reporting, or by using crime statistics.  These efforts may include:

  • A focus on engaging resident and community leaders to help reduce crime within specific neighborhoods, zip codes, or other geographical area (i.e. crime watch)
  • A focus at building community partnerships with public systems (law enforcement, court systems, and corrections) within a specific geographical area to help reduce criminal activity, assisting with solving crimes, increase crime reporting or provide information to help prevent the occurrence of a crime
  • A focus to improve physical assets and spaces within a neighborhood that has the potential of improving resident safety and/or deterring criminal behavior and/or activity

community crime prevention grant program timeline for 2016 

Important date
action/ deadline
July 1, 2016 Applications may be completed by clicking here.
Aug. 2, 2016 Completed applications due by 12:00 p.m.
Sept 19, 2016 Grantee notification
Oct. 1, 2016 Grant period begins
April , 2017 Mid-year grantee check-in
Sept. 1, 2017 Grant period ends
Sept. 29, 2017 Grant reports due



The lead project manager for the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program is Alicia Collins. Please contact her at 317.634.2423.

Criteria Used to Review Applications

Crime Prevention Grant Priority – Address specific priority areas of the Community Crime Prevention Program (as outlined above)
Program Capacity – Demonstrate the ability to achieve program outcomes that reduce risk factors and/or enhance protective factors
Data Driven – Demonstrate the ability and/or a plan to collect program performance and impact data
Financial Management – Demonstrate the ability to account for grant funding and leverage other financial and/or in-kind support from other community partnerships
Collaborative Approach – Demonstrate the ability to partner with other public agencies and/or nonprofit organizations to support crime prevention and/or reduction efforts

What The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program Does Not Fund

  • Organizations that are NOT tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) Public Charity of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion or construction projects for religious institutions
  • Operating, program and construction costs at schools, universities and private academies unless there is significant opportunity for community use or collaboration
  • Organizations or projects that discriminate base upon race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation
  • Political campaigns or direct lobbying efforts by 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Post-events, after-the-fact situations or debt retirement
  • Medical, scientific or academic research
  • Publications, films, audiovisual and media materials, programs produced for artistic purposes or produced for resale
  • Travel for bands, sports teams, classes and similar groups
  • Annual appeals, galas or membership contributions
  • Fundraising events such as golf tournaments, walk-a-thons and fashion shows


In August 2006, the Community Crime Prevention Task Force was convened to study the root causes of crime in the community, determine the types of programs most likely to prevent crime or effectively intervene in the lives of those at risk of criminal behavior, and make recommendations about how the community could prevent crime in the future. The task force examined the underlying problems that led to a surge in violent crime in Indianapolis and in 2007 recommended actions to stem the violence and to prevent crime before it occurs. In July 2007, the City-County Council passed Proposal No. 264 to increase the County Option Income Tax (COIT) and establish the Community Crime Prevention Grant (CCPG) program to provide funding for crime prevention initiatives recommended by the Task Force its January 2007 final report.

In June 2012, the Community Crime Prevention Grant program awarded over $1.8M to 18 organizations that specifically provided support to youth programs and to programs that helped previously incarcerated individuals back in to jobs and back in to the community.

At the request of the City-County Council, in April 2013, The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate, entered into a contract with the City of Indianapolis to manage the $2 million Community Crime Prevention Grant program.

The Indianapolis Foundation Board of Trustees has agreed to serve as the fiscal agent and grant manager for the 2013 $2 million Community Crime Prevention Grant allocation, with resources going to support community-based organizations that can demonstrate community impact.

The Indianapolis Parks Foundation administered the previous Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, which ended as of May 31st, 2013. All previous Community Crime Prevention Grant recipients were invited to reapply for grants from July 1 to July 31, 2013.

The Indianapolis Foundation has worked since the culmination of the 2012 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program (May 31, 2013) to create a process that is transparent and holistic in its approach of administering public resources to achieve the greatest public impact. This work included a “listening tour” of many of the city’s non-profit organizations that provide related and/or associated crime prevention services. The Foundation will continue to solicit input from community leaders and residents to help develop strategies that address both the symptoms and root causes of crime in Indianapolis and Marion County.


Please contact Alicia Collins at 317.634.2423 or at