The Indianapolis Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants to Marion County nonprofits. The organization says the funding is focused on education, health and cultural efforts.

September 19, 2013

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, and the Foundation’s Library Fund awarded more than $1.1 million in grants and awards to 57 not-for-profits and libraries serving Marion County on September 10, 2013. The Foundation granted $5.6 million in 2013 and has awarded more than $203 million since it began making Community Fund grants in 1924.

The grants were awarded to the organizations listed below within the following categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Civic & Community Involvement, and Health & Human Services. The Library Fund grants total $300,250 and will help 33 Marion County high schools improve their library resources with reading materials, e-books, high-interest selections, and media center technology.

“The Indianapolis Foundation supports organizations and projects that both address our community's most pressing needs and contribute to Indianapolis’ long-term vibrancy,” said Sarah (Sally) Otte, Board Chair, The Indianapolis Foundation.

Adult & Child Mental Health Center $24,000

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources $6,155

Arts Council of Indianapolis $40,000

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site $40,000

Bosma Industries for the Blind $10,000

Dove Recovery House for Women $40,000

HealthNet, Inc. $45,000

Joy’s House $70,000

Lafayette Square Area Coalition $35,000

Little Red Door Cancer Agency $40,000

Outreach, Inc. $28,000

Reach Out and Read $40,000

Steward & Associates $25,000

The Julian Center, Inc. $46,915

TOTAL Community Organization Grants: $490,070

Arts Education Organization Amount Awarded

Art With A Heart $13,000

Asante Children’s Theatre $15,000

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre $12,500

Butler University Jordan College of Fine Arts $20,000

Indiana Repertory Theatre $40,000

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra $10,000

Indianapolis Symphony Society (ISO) $40,000

Young Audiences of Indiana, Inc. dba Arts for Learning $50,000

TOTAL Arts Education Grants: $200,500

Capital Grants Amount Awarded

Butler University $100,000

Indianapolis Zoological Society $50,000

TOTAL Capital Grants $150,000

The Indianapolis Foundation

Library Fund Grants to 33 Schools

Library Fund High School Media Center Enrichment Grants $300,250

TOTAL ALL GRANTS: $1,140,820

ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS FOUNDATION: Established in 1916, the Indianapolis Foundation was one of the first community trusts in America. The Foundation is a public charity and an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), a collaborative effort between the community foundations serving Marion and Hamilton Counties. As Indiana’s oldest and largest community foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation was created to ensure that the quality of life in Marion County continuously improves; to help where the needs are greatest and the benefits to the community are most extensive; and to provide donors a vehicle for using their gifts in the best possible way now, and in the future as conditions in the community change. It awards approximately $7 million annually to support current and future community needs, and is governed by a board of six publicly appointed trustees (Two are appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis; two by the Marion County Circuit Court Judge; and two by the United States District Court presiding over Indianapolis).


Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $627 million public foundation transforming the lives of central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to address community needs and seize opportunities. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991. For more information about CICF, visit, or contact Mike Knight at

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