Summer Youth Program Fund

Central Indiana Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Dec 3, 2019 11:00am PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit Hospital / Clinic Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Marion County, Indiana

Location of residency: Preferred: Marion County, Indiana Other eligible locations: Counties in Indiana: Boone County, Hamilton County, Hancock County, Hendricks County, Johnson County Expand all

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What is the Summer Youth Program Fund? 

The Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF) is designed to make the grant process easier for charitable organizations by using a single application form. SYPF is a collaborative effort among the following funders who support organizations that provide summer programming for Marion County youth:

  • Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation
  • Christel DeHaan Family Foundation
  • The Clowes Fund, Inc.
  • Eli Lilly and Company Foundation
  • IU Health
  • City of Indianapolis, DMD/HUD
  • The Indianapolis Foundation
  • Kroger Food Stores
  • Lilly Endowment Inc. 
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • United Way of Central Indiana 

Each participating funder independently reviews applications and makes its own funding decisions. You may receive one grant from a funding partner, grants from multiple funders, or be declined funding. The receipt of a grant(s) depends on the interests of each of the funding partners and the focus and quality of your program.  

What categories of programs are funded?

Program activities vary, and may include academic skill enrichment, college readiness, personal growth and leadership development, arts and culture, recreation and sports, employment and job readiness, community service, and programs for youth with disabilities. Applicants must select one of the following program categories:

Academic Achievement

Program includes activities based on academic standards to prevent summer learning loss and achieve gains in key academic areas such as reading, math, science, etc. At least one certified teacher coordinates intentional learning activities with measurable outcomes.  STEM activities, partnerships with enhancement programs, and data exchange with participants’ schools are especially valued.

Daily Programs

Programs are provided for at least four hours per day, five days per week for four weeks. In general, they serve the same children throughout the summer. 

Enhancement/Special Projects 

Programs enhance a young person’s summer or enhance the offerings of another camp by focusing on specialized content or skills, and are limited in the number of hours and days they are offered to a single group of youth. They may have multiple cycles of similar activities and may be delivered at the grantee’s facility or at other locations in the community. Examples include:

  • Science program offered four hours per day for one week;
  • Educational program for girls offered every day for three weeks;
  • Technology camp offered three days per week for eight weeks;
  • Art camp offered for one week at a time to different camps.  

Overnight Programs

Programs provide overnight camping experiences and are generally provided in one or two-week sessions.  

Youth Employment 

Program’s primary purpose is to employ youth (ages 14 – 22) or to place them in jobs. Internships and pre-employment training activities may be included, but youth must work at least ten hours per week and be paid wages or stipends in positions that have job descriptions. Positions may include day camp counselors, horticultural workers, tutors, clerical assistants or other positions that provide structured work experiences and pay. If youth do not receive a written description of their responsibilities and the expectations for earning a wage or stipend, your program is not a Youth Employment program, but may be a Daily or Enhancement/Special Project program.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Summer Youth Program Fund applicants must meet the following three criteria:
    • Applicant organization must have documentation from the Internal Revenue Service of its charitable status (e.g. IRS Code Sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(6)).
      • If two or more organizations are working together on a program, one organization with the proper charitable status must be the responsible applicant.
      • The responsible applicant will be the organization with which the funders will establish a legal and financial relationship and will be the organization through which communication must occur.
    • The proposed summer program must primarily serve youth who are Marion County residents, even though the service may be provided outside of Marion County.
  • Although program activities may be provided outside Marion County, the proposed summer program must primarily serve youth who are Marion County residents.
    • Funds received from the Summer Youth Program Fund must only be used to support Marion County youth.
  • Organizations in surrounding counties are invited to submit applications; however, organizations must be able to demonstrate that 75% of their youth are from Marion County.


  • Generally, the funding partners give priority to programs that serve low-income youth from neighborhoods with limited access to organized activities, or youth with disabilities or special health needs.
  • Proposed programs should also:
    • Have multiple funding sources and/or collaborative partners for program delivery
    • Provide age-appropriate activities
    • Include opportunities to engage families or significant adults in the youth’s life
    • Have measurable outcomes for program participants


  • The Summer Youth Program Fund is not intended to be the sole source of funding for your summer program. 
  • The program must not provide purely religious content or select youth based on religious criteria or affiliation.