Elevation Grant Program for addressing the Root Cause of Violent Crime – Indiana

Central Indiana Community Foundation is seeking applications to address the root causes of violent crime in Indianapolis through a comprehensive approach, including neighborhood empowerment and community building.

Donor Name: Central Indiana Community Foundation

State: Indiana

County: Marion County (IN)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 03/03/2023

Size of the Grant: $20,000 – $250,000


The Elevation Grant Program (previously known as the Violent Crime Prevention Grant Program) is a partnership between The City of Indianapolis and The Indianapolis Foundation. The program will invest $45 million in neighborhoods over the next three years (2022, 2023, and 2024).

With supporting funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the grant program will distribute five times more money to community organizations than last year. The Elevation Grant Program will feature multiple grant rounds. The desired outcomes are the following: addressing the numerous root causes of violent crime, increasing resident-led solutions (community building), discovering new innovative efforts, investing in infrastructure development for grassroots organizations, and ensuring that hope, abundance, peace, resilience, and safety are expressed and elevated.

The grant program plans to focus part of its investment pipeline on grassroots organizations, prioritizing those led by residents of the communities they serve. The program defines a grassroots organization as a resident-led organization/entity operating under community values, shared power and decision making, and supported by an organizational budget of up to $250,000.

Grant Priorities

  • Are place-based efforts designed to promote neighborhood safety and reduce or prevent crime in a specific geographical area as defined by a neighborhood and/or community.
  • Led by engaged and mobilized residents and community leaders.
  • Focus their efforts on providing supportive services (such as employment, education, mentoring, recreation, mental health supports, and family support services) to youth and young adults who face unique challenges and may have a higher likelihood of community disengagement without the proper intervention strategies.
  • Partner with public agencies in collaboration (The Office of Public Health & Safety, the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, law enforcement, courts, probation, and parole) to help prevent crime in their community.

Priority Population

Individuals meeting the following criteria: Black/Latinx men between the ages of 18-35. Individuals most at-risk of violent victimization or perpetration of violent acts (previously shot/known gun activity, close friend/family member shot in last 12 months), referring to pro-social & supported grassroots and community-based organizations. Individuals with multiple interactions with the criminal legal system and unemployed, underemployed, and/or without a high school diploma or HSE/GED.

Funding Information

  • Grant award range: $20,000 – $250,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a not-for-profit located in Marion County, Indiana, which provides services to residents of Marion County, Indiana.
  • Have an EIN (Employer Identification Number).
  • Must be a 501c3 not-for-profit/Tax-Exempt Number.
  • Comply with the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200) and Subpart E – Cost Principles.
  • Registered in SAM.GOV and maintained annually while administering grant funds.
  • Registered in SAM.GOV and maintained annually while administering grant funds.
  • In good standing with the State of Indiana.
  • Provide a formulated detailed budget and budget narrative.
  • Quarterly Reporting- program, financial reporting, and monthly monitoring.
  • Disclose if the organization has received federal funds in the past year.

For more information, visit Community Foundation.