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.

In 1999, the Endowment’s success with previous renewal grants such as the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program, led to the development of the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program.
The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program is a series of biennial grants administered by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In its twenty years, more than 400 ($10,000) grants have been awarded, totaling more than $4 million dollars supporting artists and arts administrators from Marion and the seven surrounding counties.
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