Central Indiana Community Foundation: Grants for Indiana

OVERVIEW: The Central Indiana Community Foundation supports community development, children and youth, social justice, crime prevention, and other local needs in Marion County and Hamilton County.

FUNDING AREAS: Community development, children and youth, social justice, senior citizens, local parks, libraries, leadership, summer youth programs, women and girls, technical skills for K-12 students, crime prevention

IP TAKE: This is an accessible community funder that welcomes grantseeker contact and is one of the major funders in the entire state of Indiana.

PROFILE: Established in 1916, the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a community funder based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indianapolis Foundation, established in 1916, partnered with the Hamilton County Community Foundation in 1997 to form CICF. CICF aims to “mobilize people, ideas, and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race, or identity.” It funds efforts for community development, children and youth, social justice, crime prevention, and other local needs.

The Central Indiana Community Foundation manages community funds that are focused on the city of Indianapolis and Hamilton County, Indiana. It also manages the following family funds: Efroymson Family Fund, Glick Fund, Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation, and Herbert Simon Family Foundation. Additionally, CICF manages special interest funds that focus on senior citizens, local parks, libraries, leadership, summer youth programs, women and girls, and technical skills for K-12 students. There is also a crime prevention grant program that focuses on violence reduction, intervention, prevention, public safety, and neighborhood-based strategies.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $100,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on Marion County and Hamilton County, Indiana. Past local grantees include CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Brooke’s Place for Grieving for Young People, and Bosma Industries for the Blind.

This foundation accepts grant applications from nonprofits. Grantseekers must first contact the foundation to discuss ideas and then submit proposals online before the current deadline. CICF has two grant application rounds, which are in May and November. Direct general questions to the staff at info@cicf.org or 317-684-0943.

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