Through the 2019 Summer Youth Program Fund, the Endowment collaborated with 10 funders in Marion County (Indianapolis) in awarding $2,928,182 to support programs offered by 169 agencies.
Summer Youth Program Fund grants 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 is supporting 208 program grants totaling $1,894,048. The Endowment’s grants include 41 agencies totaling $800,001 for modest capital improvements. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana receives $150,000 to provide weekend food for up to 4,000 children who participated in more than 40 summer programs. The Marion County Commission on Youth receives 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.