Through the 2017 Summer Youth Program Fund, we collaborated with 10 funders in Marion County (Indianapolis) awarding more than $2.6 million to support 206 programs in 170 agencies that served an estimated 58,200 youth in the county.
The program’s grants focus on providing safe and positive experiences for children and teens, ages 4 to 18, at little or no cost. Grants are given to overnight programs, day programs, academic and artistic enrichment, and youth employment. Recipients represent organizations ranging from religious congregations and area community centers to theaters and parks, offering sports, overnight camping, arts, community service and tutoring.
Additionally, in 2017 the Endowment made grants of more than $750,000 to 37 agencies for modest capital projects. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana received $114,572 to provide weekend food for up to 3,500 children in more than 35 summer programs. The Marion County Commission on Youth received funding to provide youth and adult staff training, evaluation and end-of-summer educational awards. The Endowment’s portion in 2017 was $1.7 million for programs contributing to overall SYPF.