Indianapolis Foundation Awards $1.5M to Nonprofits

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The Indianapolis Foundation is an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation. The Indianapolis Foundation is an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

The Indianapolis Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to 29 nonprofit organizations throughout Marion County. The grants will be used to address various community issues, including education, economic development and health services.

The foundation, which is an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, says the grants were made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Indianapolis. Additional funding was made available with the help of several field-of-interest funds, including the Howard Intermill and Marion Intermill Fenstemaker Fund and several donor-advised funds.

The recipients include:

Organization - Project/Program - Grant Award

  • ArtMix, Inc. (formerly VSA Indiana) - ArtMix Community Arts Classes - $42,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis - Data Management and Evaluation Initiative - $25,000
  • Burmese American Community Institute - Refugee Community Integration Project - $25,000
  • Cancer Support Community Central Indiana - Cancer Support at Eskenazi Health & Riley Hospital for Children - $25,000
  • Cathedral Arts, Inc. - International Violin Competition of Indianapolis - $50,000
  • Center for Leadership Development, Inc. - College Prep Institute - $20,100
  • Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention - 2017 Operating Support - $50,000
  • Community Alliance of the Far Eastside - Transitional support - $40,000
  • Connect2Help - Serving Marion County Residents in Need - $20,000
  • Dig IN - Strategic Planning Assistance - $25,000
  • Englishton Park United Presbyterian Ministries, Inc. - Englishton Park Academic Remediation Training Center - $25,000
  • Exodus Refugee/Immigration, Inc. - Emergency Support for Refugee Community Integration and Resettlement - $30,000
  • Felege Hiywot Center, Inc. - Capacity building to sustain the Youth Led Farm Program - $25,000
  • Horizon House, Inc. - Comprehensive Services for Homeless - $50,000
  • Indianapolis 10 Point Coalition - Street Outreach Workers - $50,000
  • Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership - Southside Expansion - $40,000
  • Indianapolis Parks Foundation - 2017 Partner Support - $50,000
  • IU Office of Community Engagement - Source River West Program Development - $48,000
  • John P. Craine House, Inc. - Residential, Alternative Sentencing Program - $50,000
  • King Park Development Corporation - Capacity Building for the Build Fund - $60,000
  • Leadership Indianapolis - 2017 Partner Support - $50,000
  • Indianapolis Public Library Foundation - Library Progranming - $42,000
  • Little Red Door Cancer Agency - Rides of Hope Program - $30,000
  • Marion County Commission on Youth - 2017 Operating Support - $50,000
  • Nextech - 2017 Partner Support - $50,000
  • Summer Advantage USA - Inspiring Scholars - $40,000
  • The Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival - IndyFringe 2017 Programs and Capacity Building - $25,000
  • The International Center - The Festival Fund - $30,000
  • United Way of Central Indiana - 2017 Campaign - $450,000

INDIANAPOLIS (March 27, 2017)—In its first competitive grant round of 2017, The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, allocated $1,517,100 to 29 not-for-profit organizations serving Marion County and its residents. The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors approved the grants March 21.

Funding during this grant period addresses a variety of community needs, including, but not limited to:

Health Services: Little Red Door Cancer Agency will use its $30,000 to provide transportation services for low-income senior cancer patients and Cancer Support Community Central Indiana has allocated its $25,000 grant to support free programs for cancer patients at Eskenazi Health.

Human Services: A $30,000 grant to Exodus Refugee Immigration will provide critical programs and services that help refugees resettle in Indianapolis, and a similar $25,000 grant to Burmese American Community Institute will help build capacity to provide services, including citizenship and English Language Learner classes to Burmese refugees.

Education: Summer Advantage USA, in partnership with Arts for Learning, will use a $40,000 grant to combat summer learning loss through Inspiring Scholars programming at Phalen Leadership Academy, School 103. Twenty-five Marion County youth, identified as having behavior or emotional learning challenges, will attend Englishton Park’s intensive, therapeutic residential summer camp at no cost thanks to a $25,000 grant.

Economic Development: King Park Community Development Corporation will use its $60,000 to support the Build Fund, which provides flexible and affordable loans in financially underserved areas in Indianapolis. The loans create jobs and spur economic development in disinvested neighborhoods. Source River West, a program from the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement, will stimulate development in the Near Westside through a $48,000 grant. The place-based entrepreneurship center fostering entrepreneurship, supporting area businesses and hosting a work space.

A full list of grants can be found at

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