Indianapolis-based nonprofit 16 Tech Community Corp. is awarding a total of $300,000 in grants to 11 community development projects. The grants are part of the third cycle of funding from the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund, which focuses on workforce training, education, and beautification efforts in the Near West, Near Northwest and surrounding neighborhoods.
“The 16 Tech Community Investment Fund grantees exemplify the incredible work happening in the neighborhoods near 16 Tech,” said Bob Coy, 16 Tech Community Corp. president. “We’re proud to continue to invest in projects that will directly benefit our neighbors.”
Grants were awarded from two funding pools: the innovation pool, which funded requests up to $25,000, and the impact pool, which funded requests up to $100,000.
The grantees are listed below:
- Believers United in Local Development ($20,000): Workforce training opportunities for young adults in construction and ecology
- The Learning Tree ($16,000): Spolks, a bike mechanic workforce training program
- Source Entrepreneurship Center ($12,000): Revitalization of pockets of the West 16th Street Corridor
- Identity Complex LLC ($20,000): Documentary film production about Haughville, featuring longtime residents
- Vision Academy @ Riverside ($15,000): Expansion of out-of-school STEM programming with local partners
Neighborhood capacity building:
- Indy Convergence ($30,000): Growth of internal staff capacity for program management
Infrastructure and beautification:
- Flanner House of Indianapolis ($55,000): Expansion of home ownership initiative for Near Northwest residents through rehab-resale program
- Groundwork Indy ($50,000): Youth engagement in community-based projects in Near Northwest
- Rebuilding Together Indianapolis ($40,000): Community Spring Rebuild Day 2022 with housing repairs for vulnerable populations
- Parks Alliance of Indianapolis ($30,000): Completion of interactive Riverside Promenade nodes and public art plan
- Indianapolis Shakespeare Co. ($12,000): Hip hop Shakespeare production at the Taggart Memorial Theatre
16 Tech says deadlines for the fourth funding cycle will be announced in March.
The nonprofit says it has awarded a total of $1.3 million in funding to 40 projects since 2020.