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Indy Summer Youth Programs are supported through the Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaboration between the Endowment and 7 funders in Marion County (Indianapolis). In 2020, the fund awarded $3,095,247 to support programs offered by 163 organizations during the summer of 2021.

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 2020, the Endowment supported 194 program grants totaling $1,871,070. The Endowment’s grants included 38 organizations totaling $908,536 for modest capital improvements. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana received $139,020 to provide 14,000 family meal boxes to children who participated in nearly 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.

Want to learn more?
Visit the Indy Summer Youth Programs website or call the Marion County Commission on Youth at (317) 921-1288.

Are you an organization applying for ISYP funding?
Learn more in the Indy Summer Youth Programs grantee portal.


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