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Indy Summer Youth Programs are supported through the Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaboration between the Endowment and 10 funders in Marion County (Indianapolis). In 2019, the fund awarded $2,928,182 to support programs offered by 169 organizations during the summer of 2020.
Indy Summer Youth Programs focus on providing safe and positive experiences for children and teens, ages 4 to 24, at little or no cost to families. Grants are given to support 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 that offer sports, overnight camping, arts, community service and tutoring.
In 2019, the Endowment supported 208 program grants totaling $1,894,048. The Endowment’s grants included 41 organizations totaling $800,001 for modest capital improvements. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana received $150,000 to provide weekend food for up to 4,000 children who participated in nearly 40 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 of grants in the Summer Youth Program Fund totaled more than $3 million in 2019. In 2018, the program served an estimated 93,000 youth.
Are you an organization applying for 2021 funding?
Learn more on the Indy Summer Youth Programs website.
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