updated: 4/30/2012 7:21:38 AM

Summer Programs Receive Millions in Grants

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Nearly 150 organizations have received a total of $2.3 million in grants to fund summer programs in Marion County. The Summer Youth Program Fund is designed to help pay for summer activities that educate children and teach them new skills.

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April 27, 2012

News Release

Thousands of Indianapolis young people already have signed up for full schedules of summer activities that will boost their academic performance and help them develop valuable new skills and perspectives - while having plenty of fun besides.

The Summer Youth Program Fund - the collective effort of 11 area funders - will tempt youngsters with classes on calculus, art, critical thinking, photography, reading, public speaking, computer math, editing, maps, music, painting, geography, drama, gardening, science, vocabulary, United States history, writing, math, spelling, insect identification and rocket science.

They will learn about anger management, budgeting, leadership development, self-confidence, decision-making, conflict resolution, cultural studies, self-discipline, financial literacy, healthy lifestyles, money management, social skills, career planning, employer expectations and problem solving.

The healthy dose of fun will include swimming, canoeing, mountain biking, basketball, hunting and fishing, horseback riding, archery, gymnastics, skating, dancing, camping, bowling, backpacking, rock climbing – and visiting virtually every known cultural institution in town.
Lilly Endowment is one of 11 area funders that together this year have awarded more than $2.3 million in program funding for 176 summer programs in Marion County. Of this total, the Endowment has awarded more than $1.4 million for program grants.

Other funders of the summer youth programs are the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, City of Indianapolis/Department of Metropolitan Development, Clowes Fund, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Hoover Family Foundation, Indianapolis Foundation, Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Kroger Company (Central Division) and Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

The Endowment has participated in this effort since 1995. The collaboration uses a joint orientation, application and evaluation process for agencies and organizations; however, the funding decisions are made by individual funders. Adult and youth staff can take advantage of training opportunities that focus on planning programs suitable for various age groups.

“The staff and volunteers of the organizations that provide summer youth programming in our community impress us each year with their enthusiasm and creativity,” said Willis K. Bright, Endowment director of youth programming. “Their commitment to serving the young people in these programs is truly exemplary. We are pleased to support their efforts that offer so many wonderful summer activities for our community’s youth.”

Besides supporting summer programs, the Endowment awarded $456,915 to pay for modest capital projects for summer program grantees. These were awarded to 22 organizations listed at the end of this release. Among other things, they fund facility renovations and the purchase of computer equipment and vans and mini-buses to transport program participants.

Finally, the Marion County Commission on Youth received a grant of $212,715 to fund adult and youth staff training, website management, evaluation and end-of-summer educational awards.
Endowment program funds this year will be used to support 149 agencies (conducting 175 different programs). These programs are categorized as follows:

• 22 programs targeting academic achievement activities, $211,800
• 24 residential camps for special populations such as asthmatic and autistic children, $180,000
• 47 different sets of enhancement activities such as arts and sports programs, $327,820
• 68 daily programs based in churches or community organizations, $553,750
• 14 youth-employment programs, $157,000


The following 149 organizations have received grants from the Endowment for these programs:
American Diabetes Association, Indiana Affiliate - $10,000
Antioch Neighborhood Restoration Outreach Ministry - $9,250
Art With a Heart - $14,000
Asante Children’s Theatre - $3,500
At-Your-School (AYS) Child Services - $3,500
Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church - $4,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana - $3,000
Bosma Industries for the Blind - $5,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis (5) - $42,000
Brebeuf Preparatory School - $2,500
Brightwood Community Center - $5,500
Broadway United Methodist Church - $8,000
Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People - $6,500
Burmese American Community Institute - $7,500
Butler University - $7,000
Camptown - $11,000
Care for Kids Foundation - $5,500
Catholic Charities Indianapolis (2) - $15,800
Catholic Youth Organization - $7,000
Children’s Bureau - $18,500
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis - $7,000
Christamore House - $10,000
Christel House Academy - $6,500
CLASS Education - $4,000
Claude McNeal’s Musical Theatre Training Program - $7,500
Coburn Place Safe Haven - $4,000
Community Action of Greater Indianapolis - $5,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE) - $21,000
Community Health Network Foundation - $6,000
Community Reading Understanding Learning and Education Corp. - $4,000
Concord Center Association - $23,000
Corinthian Baptist Church - $5,500
Cosmo Knights Scholarship Fund - $6,500
Damar Services - $7,000
Dance Kaleidoscope - $2,500
Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis - $3,500
Dayspring Center - $7,500
Diabetic Youth Foundation of Indiana - $10,000
Dyslexia Institute of Indiana (2) - $12,500
East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center - $12,000
Edna Martin Christian Center - $15,000
Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries - $6,000
Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education - $35,000
Felege Hiywot Center- $10,000
First Christian Missionary Baptist Church - $3,000
First-Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church (2) - $32,500
First Samuel Missionary Baptist Church - $6,000
Flanner House - $10,500
Fletcher Place Community Center - $3,500
Footlite Musicals - $5,000
Forest Manor Multi Service Center - $19,500
Freetown Village - $17,000
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana - $7,500
Girls Inc. - $12,000
Good News Mission - $6,500
Great Commission Church of God - $11,500
Happy Hollow Children’s Camp - $18,500
Harrison Center for the Arts - $9,000
Hawthorne Social Service Association - $24,500
Health and Science Innovations - $7,500
Hear Indiana - $7,500
Hemophilia of Indiana - $5,000
Indiana Amateur Baseball Association - $4,000
Indiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church - $3,000
Indiana Deaf Camps Foundation - $5,500
Indiana Golf Foundation - $6,000
Indiana Performing Arts Centre - $3,000
Indiana School for the Deaf - $5,000
Indiana Sports Corp. - $9,000
Indiana State Museum Foundation - $4,000
Indiana University Foundation - $7,500
Indianapolis Algebra Project - $32,000
Indianapolis Art Center - $10,000
Indianapolis Junior Golf Foundation - $7,100
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation - $7,500
Indianapolis Parks Foundation (5) - $34,000
Indianapolis Public Housing Agency - $17,000
Indianapolis Soap Box Derby Association - $4,000
Jackson Center for Conducive Education - $1,000
James Whitcomb Riley Memorial Association (dba Riley Children’s
Foundation) - $7,500
Jameson Camp - $18,000
Jerusalem Christian Center - $2,800
John H. Boner Community Center - $7,500
Julian Center - $4,000
Kaleidoscope Church and Community Partnership - $10,000
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful - $4,000
La Plaza (2) - $20,000
Latter House Foundation - $4,000
Lawrence United Methodist Church - $5,000
LifeBridge Community - $3,500
Lillian Davis Foundation - $4,500
Little Red Door Cancer Agency - $8,500
Lutheran Child & Family Services of Indiana - $8,000
Madame Walker Urban Life Center - $7,500
Marian University - $6,970
Marion County Commission on Youth - $7,500
Martin Luther King Multi Service Center - $7,500
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center - $27,000
Metro Ministries - $8,500
Metropolitan School District of Perry Township - $7,000
Metropolitan School District of Pike Township - $6,000
Metropolitan School District of Washington Township - $6,000
Miracle Place - $5,000
Mission Indy - $4,000
Mizpah Inc. Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church - $7,500
Montessori Educational Charity - $6,500
Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church - $6,500
Muscular Dystrophy Association - $6,500
Music for All - $8,000
National Junior Tennis League of Indianapolis - $11,000
Net Literacy Corp. (dba Senior Connects Corp.) - $14,000
New Covenant Church & Ministries - $5,500
New Light Christian Church - $5,000
Noble of Indiana - $7,250
Northside New Era Community Outreach - $3,500
Oasis Christian Community Development Corp. - $7,000
100 Black Men of Indianapolis - $23,000
PASSWORD Community Mentoring - $7,500
Pathway Resource Center - $6,000
Peace Learning Center - $14,000
People’s Burn Foundation of Indiana - $7,000
Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis - $10,000
Project SEED- $20,000
Promise Land Christian Community Church - $6,000
Purdue University - $7,500
Ruth Lilly Center for Health Education - $6,000
St. Florian Center - $25,000
St. John’s Community Care Services - $6,000
St. Richard’s School - $17,500
St. Vincent Hospital Foundation - $6,500
Salvation Army (2) - $11,000
School on Wheels - $4,000
Shepherd Community (2) - $19,500
Social Health Association of Indiana - $9,000
Southeast Community Services - $7,000
Speedway Baptist Church - $6,000
Speedway United Methodist Church - $4,000
Stacey Toran Foundation - $6,000
Storytelling Arts of Indiana - $4,000
Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Greater Indianapolis - $4,000
VSA Arts of Indiana - $7,500
Westminster Neighborhood Ministries - $8,500
Writers’ Center of Indianapolis - $5,500
YMCA of Indianapolis (13) - $59,200
Young Audiences of Indiana - $20,000
Young Life (Indianapolis) - $3,000
Youth Outdoor Exploration Academy - $7,500
Y-Press - $3,000
Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church - $5,000


Capital grants were made to the following 22 organizations:

At-Your-School (AYS) Child Services - $24,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis - $25,000
Brightwood Community Center - $10,000
Catholic Charities Indianapolis - $19,093
Concord Center Association - $6,501
Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis - $25,000
East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center - $25,000
Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries - $24,914
Felege Hiywot Center - $25,000
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana - $22,825
Happy Hollow Children’s Camp - $22,783
Harrison Center for the Arts - $25,000
Indiana School for the Deaf - $22,000
Indiana State Museum Foundation - $3,099
Jameson Camp - $24,970
Latter House Foundation - $25,000
Martin Luther King Multi Service Center - $8,730
Mission Indy - $18,000
Mizpah Inc. Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church - $25,000
100 Black Men of Indianapolis - $25,000
Westminster Neighborhood Ministries - $25,000
Zion Hill M B Church - $25,000

Source: Lilly Endowment Inc.

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