CICF Grants

Central Indiana Community Foundation

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Next anticipated deadline: Jan 31, 2021 10:00am PST

Later anticipated deadlines: May 29, 2021 10:00am PDT

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Civil Rights Women & Girl Services Military & Veterans Services Poverty Alleviation & Services Basic Human Needs Art & Culture Education Family Services Library Services Crime Prevention & Justice Youth Services Environment Community Services Economic Services & Development Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Indiana: Boone County, Hamilton County, Hancock County, Hendricks County, Johnson County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About CCIF Grants

CICF will administer two general grant application rounds during the months of May and November. During these open application windows, eligible 501(c)(3) organizations may submit a request for consideration. Each request submitted will be assigned to a community leadership officer, assessed and then aligned with the fund or funds deemed most appropriate for consideration. These may include community endowed funds, donor-advised funds, field-of-interest funds or major funds held at CICF. Alignment will be determined by staff and only after an application has been fully completed and submitted for consideration. All applications will be responded to as promptly as possible with a final determination made no later than four months from the time it was received. 

Types of Grants 

Responsive Grants

These grants are in direct response to community needs and support opportunities, ideas and programs that have been developed by not-forprofit partners to address those needs. Responsive grants allow for capacity building, project-based or program requests, and general operating support requests.

Leadership Training Grants

These grants are in significant alignment with community leadership initiatives identified in the 2019-2024  strategic plans for Marion and Hamilton counties.

Donor-Advised Fund Grants

These grants are made based on the priorities identified by donor-advised fund holders. Alignment with donoradvised funds is identified by community leadership and effective philanthropy staff and only at the request of donors and/or after an application has been formally submitted through an open application round.

Our Strategic Plans and Community Leadership Initiatives

In Marion County, we aim to create neighborhoods and environments that empower people, change systems that unfairly hold people back and dismantle systemic racism. We will focus on five initiatives that overlap and influence one another:

  • Family Stabilization: We believe that everyone should have equitable opportunities to obtain housing, transportation and health services.
  • Economic Mobility: We believe people can rise out of poverty by acquiring skills that lead to living wage jobs, and if they are not held back by inequitable policies.
  • Criminal Justice Reform: Residents have a right to live in safe communities and we need to commit to better outcomes for people interacting with the criminal justice system.
  • Neighborhood Empowerment and Placemaking: We believe communities are most successful and thriving when investments are resident-driven and when neighborhoods have access to culturally relevant art, nature and beauty every day.
  • Dismantle Systemic Racism: Like many American institutions, CICF and its affiliates have centered around the experiences and perspective of white people for more than 100 years. The foundation is committed to becoming a fully inclusive, antiracist and multicultural organization moving forward. 

Hamilton County Community Foundation is focused on building a community where opportunity meets growth for everyone and philanthropic efforts support not-for-profit organizations doing vital work.

We will focus on three initiatives that overlap and influence one another:

  • Mental Health: We believe every city, town and community in the county should have a plan and resources available to address mental health.
  • Family and Youth Empowerment: We believe everyone should have opportunities to access healthy food, safe housing and education.
  • Inclusive Economic Growth: We believe it is imperative to support affordable housing, pathways to long-term employment and countywide connectivity.

The following funds serve only Marion or Hamilton County. It is very important to contact a community leadership officer prior to submitting any fund proposal. CICF believes we can make a greater impact by leveraging funding resources and may share proposals with other CICF funds.

The Indianapolis Foundation

Marion County

The Indianapolis Foundation was established in 1916 and is an affiliate of CICF. The Indianapolis Foundation is supported by gifts and bequests from donors who trust the foundation will address the diverse needs of Marion County now and in the future.

The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund

Marion County

The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund was established in 1989 as a field-of-interest fund of The  Indianapolis Foundation. An anonymous donor to the foundation established the fund to benefit public, academic and high school libraries in Marion County. The purpose is to provide high-quality collections, resources and access for all Marion County information consumers

Summer Youth Program Fund

Marion County

The Summer Youth Program Fund was established in 1995 and is a collaborative comprised of 11 local funders that provide grant support to organizations providing youth summer programs that serve Marion County youth. Since the fund was established, over $23 million in grants have been awarded.

Hamilton County Community Foundation

Hamilton County Community Foundation was established in 1991—then known as Legacy Fund—and is an affiliate of CICF. Hamilton County Community Foundation is supported by gifts and bequests from donors who trust the foundation will address the diverse needs of Hamilton County now and in the future. 

Community Crime Prevention Program

Marion County

The Community Crime Prevention Program is funded from public resources allocated annually by  Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council and is administered by The Indianapolis Foundation. The purpose of these grants is to support new or existing programs that have the potential to prevent or reduce crime among youth and/or adult populations.

Particular interest is in violence reduction, prevention, intervention, public safety partnerships and neighborhood-based strategies. 

The funds below serve Central Indiana, including Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties. It is very important to contact a community leadership officer prior to submitting any fund proposal.

Central Indiana Senior Fund

  • See separate grant page here

Crosser Family Foundation

Central Indiana

Janet R. Crosser and the late Richard H. Crosser established the Crosser Family Foundation in 2001, with the wish to continue, celebrate, and inspire philanthropy in our community today and in the future. The foundation provides financial support to organizations that focus on youth and their families and are located in Hamilton County or the surrounding areas in Indiana.

Efroymson Family Fund

  • Central Indiana

A donor-advised fund of CICF, the Efroymson Family Fund continues a long legacy of charitable commitment by the Efroymson family in Central Indiana. Established in 1998 by Dan and Lori Efroymson, it funds various efforts to promote the viability of Indianapolis. To date, it has awarded more than $100 million in grants in Central Indiana and beyond.

Glick Fund

  • Central Indiana

Glick Fund was established in 1998 as a donor-advised fund of CICF by Gene and Marilyn Glick. Since its inception, Glick Fund has awarded over $42 million in grants to effective not-for-profit organizations. Glick Fund concentrates on increasing educational opportunities, promoting arts and creative expression, supporting efforts toward self-sufficiency, alleviating human suffering and helping those in need. 

Sheehan Charitable Foundation

  • Central Indiana

Tom and Soni Sheehan created the Sheehan Charitable Foundation to focus on improving the lives of children facing debilitating medical challenges. They provide financial support organizations that remove barriers, provide assistance and encourage the development of children, support for veterans and other life affirming efforts.

Women's Fund of Central Indiana

Women’s Fund of Central Indiana was established in 1995 as a special interest fund of CICF. Women’s Fund supports organizations that give opportunities, encouragement, knowledge and hope to women and girls in Central Indiana. Women’s Fund is interested only in gender-specific efforts, not just programs that happen to serve women and/or girls.

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