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In community development, we support efforts that enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis and Indiana. We also provide funding for compelling causes throughout the country that are consistent with the values and interests of our founders.  This support is rooted in our founders’ commitment to their hometown. “All of us Lillys put together have never done as much for Indianapolis as Indianapolis has done for us,” Eli Lilly wrote in 1974. That commitment has extended across the state through grantmaking that supports Indiana’s community foundations and its United Ways.

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation Initiative uplifts the unique and important role that arts and cultural organizations and projects play in building strong communities.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is launching a new, competitive community development initiative providing grants totaling up to $25 million designed to enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis, bolster the city's image as a desirable place to live, work and visit, and foster a creative, energized and forward-thinking community.
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