Lilly Endowment Awards $48M in Grants

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Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. is awarding $48 million in grants to 10 human services agencies in the city. The organization says the funding will help the recipients strengthen their long-term financial sustainability plans.

Lilly Endowment says the grants are designed to "help the organizations build stronger financial futures, so they can have a lasting impact in the communities they serve." The funding can be used for a variety of purposes, including establishing endowments, bolstering employee recruitment and retention efforts, updating technology and facilities, and investing in communications, marketing and fundraising efforts.

"The grants are designed to help these valuable organizations build long-term financial strength and resiliency," said Rob Smith, vice president for community development at Lilly Endowment. "The grants are not intended to fund ongoing operating support that is essential for these organizations to meet the day-to-day needs of the children, families and individuals they serve. In fact, we hope our grants help these agencies more effectively attract additional support for their critically important work."

The recipients include:

  • AYS - $7.5 million
  • Catholic Charities Indianapolis (Holy Family Shelter) - $1 million
  • Coburn Place - $2.5 million
  • Dayspring Center - $1 million
  • Early Learning Indiana - $10 million
  • HVAF of Indiana - $5 million
  • Indianapolis Urban League - $5 million
  • The Julian Center - $1 million
  • St. Mary’s Child Center - $5 million
  • Wheeler Mission - $10 million

Since 2015, Lilly Endowment has awarded more than $328 million to nearly 50 organizations as part of this effort.

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