community crime prevention

grant program

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Central Indiana Community Foundation is proud of its role as administrator of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, and is glad to be extending that role in 2015 through two grant award phases.

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, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.


What Community Crime Prevention Grants Fund:

The purpose of the 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program – Phase I is to support community efforts during the summer months that have the potential of preventing or reducing crime among Marion County youth populations. Community Crime Prevention Grant Program – Phase II application details, grantmaking timeline and criteria will be announced July 1, 2015.

  • Geographic Restriction: Marion County
  • Interest Area: Violence Reduction, Intervention, Prevention, Public Safety Partnerships, and Neighborhood-Based Strategies
  • Grant award range: $5,000-$20,000
  • Grant funds must be expended between June 1, 2015 and September 1, 2015
  • 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.
  • Organizations that have already received a 2014 Community Crime Prevention Grant to support 2015 summer program will not be considered for funding.

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).”


What Community Crime Prevention Grant does not fund

  • Organizations that are NOT tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) Public Charity of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Organizations that have already received Community Crime Prevention Grant Support for their 2015 summer program.
  • 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


2015 Community Crime Prevention Summer Grant Priorities

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

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

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

  • Serve African-American males between the ages of 12 and 22 in high crime areas
  • Serve youth with meaningful summer employment
  • Serve youth that have previously interacted with criminal or juvenile justice system
  • Serve neighborhoods and youth from the following 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 Street and Sherman Drive

Intervention: These programs focus their efforts on providing supportive services to youth ages 12 – 22 that are currently interacting, or have previously interacted, with the criminal or juvenile justice system. Organizations applying in this area should be able to demonstrate how efforts influences a youth’s ability to gain skills, change negative behavior, obtain work, secure housing or receive other types of support to prevent further interaction with local criminal or juvenile justice system. 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.

Prevention: These programs focus their efforts on providing opportunities for healthy youth development and positive structured activities for youth who face unique challenges and may have a higher likelihood of community disengagement without the proper youth 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 populations, including, but not limited to, the following efforts:

  • Youth Employment: Employing youth in meaningful summer jobs that earn a wage.
  • Education: Providing educational supports to assist students with earning a diploma or job related skills that lead to employment.
  • Mentoring: Efforts that provide opportunities for adults and youth to interact and engage in positive mentoring, coaching, tutoring, or goal-setting relationships.
  • Family Support Services: Providing support to families to assist parents with providing quality supervision and engaging youth in positive summer youth activities.

Public Safety Partnerships: Community-based efforts that seek to partner with public safety to develop strategies that will reduce summer youth violence and expand structured summer youth opportunities.

  • Community-led efforts that partner with law-enforcement to develop effective youth outreach and violence reduction strategies.

Neighborhood-Based: Youth-led, place-based efforts designed to reduce or prevent youth crime in a specific geographical area. These efforts may include:

  • A focus on engaging residents and community leaders to help reduce crime within specific neighborhoods, zip codes, or other geographical area.



Questions related to Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, please contact Alicia Collins at 317.634.2423 or at


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


How to apply

CICF requires all grant applicants to use our online grant system. This system allows you to manage your profile, applications, and progress reports.


About the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program:

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.

View the Phase One grants awarded in 2015.

View the Phase One grants awarded in 2014.

For additional information, contact Alicia Collins at or 317.634.2423.