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As part of its long standing commitment to supporting organizations that improve the quality of life in Indianapolis and throughout Indiana, Lilly Endowment made special grants in 2015 to 14 arts and cultural organizations to help them secure strong financial futures. Totaling $100 million, the grants were in addition to the Endowment’s annual support of more than two dozen arts and cultural organizations that help make Indianapolis a vibrant community.

The new grants support initiatives that strengthen the organizations’ long-term financial well-being so that they can continue to thrive for the sake of the people of Indianapolis and of Indiana. Several of the organizations will use the grants in more than one way to achieve their financial goals.

Projects Include

  • The establishment of new endowments or additions to existing endowments, which will enable organizations to strengthen their operations and plan for the future: American Pianists Association, Dance Kaleidoscope, Eiteljorg Museum, Heartland Film, Indiana Humanities, Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Repertory Theatre, International Center and Josef Gingold Fund for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

  • Fundraising capacity-building: American Pianists Association, Conner Prairie and Heartland Film.

  • Expansion of programs tied to improved financial results: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis Museum of Art and Indianapolis Zoo.

  • Capital investments in new and renovated spaces to better welcome and engage more people: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie, Indiana Humanities, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Zoo.