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.

Lilly Endowment will provide nearly $49 million in grants through its Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation initiative to support ideas that uplift the important role that arts and culture play in building strong communities.
After receiving 226 applications, the Endowment selected 17 projects, to be undertaken by 18 grantees, that will help enhance quality of life in Indianapolis; increase access to arts and cultural offerings; and foster dialogue, community spirit and tourism.
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