Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. is awarding nearly $100 million in grants to 28 Indy organizations. The endowment says the funding will support strategies and programs to help residents living in or near poverty “make progress toward achieving lasting economic self-sufficiency.”
The grants are part of the endowment’s Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis initiative, which focuses on helping people address challenges associated with poverty and financial insecurity. The funding ranges from $180,000 to more than $8 million.
The endowment says the projects that will benefit from the grants include efforts to address the need to connect residents to more “good and promising jobs,” expand access to high-quality early childhood education and child care, and help remove barriers to economic prosperity faced by Black and Latinx residents.
“We are grateful for the tremendous response we received from the Indianapolis community during a time when organizations were called upon to significantly ramp up their existing programs and services in response to the acute needs brought on by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Rob Smith, senior vice president for collaborative strategies at Lilly Endowment. “We believe that these projects have the potential to improve the lives of a significant number of Indianapolis residents facing the challenges of poverty and financial insecurity.”
You can view the full list of the recipients and their projects in the document below or by clicking here.