The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Foundation’s Library Fund awarded more than $332,000 in grants and awards to nine not-for-profits and libraries serving Marion County on March 13, 2012. The Foundation granted more than $6.4 million in 2011 and it has awarded more than $190 million since it began making Community Fund grants in 1924.

Grants awarded to not-for-profits listed below are meant to provide operational support. IUPUI Library grants will support a research project to better understand the role libraries play in helping students achieve post-secondary educations as well as a separate project to digitize Indianapolis High School yearbooks. The yearbooks are the most heavily used collection at the Indianapolis Special Collections Room of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library.

“In keeping with The Indianapolis Foundation’s longtime mission, these grants are meant to support social, cultural and educational organizations which continue to play such an important role in our community, and from which we all benefit,” said D. William “Bill” Moreau, Jr., board chair, The Indianapolis Foundation.

The Indianapolis Foundation Grants

100 Black Men of Indianapolis, $40,000
General operating support

Asian Help Services, $20,000
To expand outreach services

Ball State University – Bowen Center for Public Affairs, $20,000
The Disability Project (The project helps identify, address and eliminate the barriers to employment faced by college educated people with disabilities).

Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis, $40,000
The Tuition Assistance Program, which provides scholarships to low-to-middle income children to attend its early education and care facilities.

Dress For Success, $45,000
To support career development and post-employment services

Freetown Village, Inc., $20,000
Phase 2 of an organizational assessment

Indiana Latino Institute, $50,000
Program operating support for its “Careers for the Future” education program, which is designed to local Latino students and families

Project Home Indy, $40,000
General operating support to help provide housing and comprehensive services to homeless pregnant and parenting teen mothers
Watch a video about Project Home Indy.

TOTAL Indianapolis Foundation Grants: $275,000

The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund

IUPUI University Library (College Project), $38,822
College Ready, College Bound, a mixed-methods research initiative that examines how library instruction impacts post-secondary success and persistence

IUPUI University Library (Yearbook Project), $18,340
Digital preservation of IPS yearbooks and other archives

TOTAL Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund Grants: $57,162

TOTAL GRANTS: $332,162

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