Indianapolis Foundation Awards $1.86 Million to Local Nonprofits for Crime Prevention Programs

The Indianapolis Foundation, a component fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, has announced grants totaling more than $1.8 million to forty-three Marion County nonprofit organizations in support of crime-prevention programs.

Awarded through the City of Indianapolis Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, the grants will support efforts designed to have an immediate impact on reducing violent crime in local communities while focusing on at-risk populations that are most likely to interact with, or enter into, the criminal justice system. Established by the city in April, the grant program provides support for youth and job assistance programs, as well as efforts to transition ex-offenders back into society.

"From nearly one hundred years of experience of helping people from all backgrounds reach self-sufficiency and more productive lives, the Indianapolis Foundation understands the value of studying complex community issues holistically," said Indianapolis Foundation and CICF president Brian Payne. "We believe this approach is vital for not just awarding grants, but also working with people and not-for-profits to develop systems and programming that helps reduce violent crime, and in a larger way, reduce the tragic ripple effect it has on our entire community."