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Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF)

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits for Summer
Programming for Youth in Marion County

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Indianapolis Foundation - Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF)

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Deadline Date:

12/03/18 2:00 PM


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations for quality summer programs and activities for youth living in Marion County. Priority is generally given to programs that provide services to youth with disabilities or special health needs, as well as youth from low-income and underserved neighborhoods.

Program activities vary and may include academic skill enrichment, college readiness, personal growth and leadership development, arts and culture, recreation and sports, employment and job readiness, community service and programs for youth with disabilities.

Applicants must select one of the following program categories:

Academic Achievement –Program includes activities based on academic standards to prevent summer learning loss and achieve gains in key academic areas such as reading, math, science, etc. At least one certified teacher coordinatesintentional learning activities with measurable outcomes. STEM activities, partnerships with enhancement programs,and data exchange with participants’ schools are especially valued.

Daily Programs – Programs are provided for at least four hours per day, fivedays per week for four weeks. In general, they serve the same children throughout the summer.

Enhancement/Special Projects – Programs enhance a young person’ssummer or enhance the offerings of another camp by focusing on specialized content or skills, and are limited in the number of hours and days they are offered to a single group of youth. They may have multiple cycles of similar activities and may be delivered at the grantee’s facility or at other locations in the community. Examples include: 1) Science program offered four hours per day for one week; 2) Educational program for girls offered every day for three weeks; 3) Technology camp offered three days per week for eight weeks; 4) Art camp offered for one week at a time to different camps.

Overnight Programs – Programs provide overnight camping experiences and are generally provided in one- or two-week sessions.

Youth Employment – Program’s primary purpose is to employ youth (ages 14 – 24) directlyor to place them in jobs. Internships and pre-employment training activities may be included, but youth must work at least ten hours per week and be paid wages or stipends in positions that have job descriptions. Positions may include day camp counselors, horticultural workers, tutors, clerical assistants or other positions that provide structured work experiences and pay. If youth do not receive a written description of their responsibilities and the expectations for earning a wage or stipend, your program is not a Youth Employment program, but may be a Daily or Enhancement/Special Project program.

Proposed programs should also:

- Have multiple funding sources and/or collaborative partners for program delivery
- Provide age-appropriate activities
- Include opportunities to engage families or significant adults in the youth’s life
- Have measurable outcomes for program participants

Lilly Endowment Capital Improvement Grants for SYPF Grantees

In connection with the 2019 Summer Youth Program Fund, Lilly Endowment is making special grants available for modest capital projects and equipment. Only projects that can demonstrate that the quality of the summer program experience of Marion County youth will be significantly enhanced can be considered for funding. Please note that this grant is available only to organizations that have received a SYPF program grant in two out of the last three years (2016, 2017 and/or 2018).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138098

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Summer Youth Program Fund applicants must meet the following three criteria:

1. Applicant organization must have documentation from the Internal Revenue Service of its charitable status (e.g., IRS Code Sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(6)). If two or more organizations are working together on a program, one organization with the proper charitable status must be the responsible applicant. The responsible applicant will be the organization with which the funders will establish a legal and financial relationship and will be the organization through which communication must occur.
2. The proposed summer program must primarily serve youth who are Marion County residents, even though the service may be provided outside of Marion County.
3. The program must not provide purely religious content or select youth based on religious criteria or affiliation.

Pre-Application Information:

In 2018, more than $2.8 million was awarded to 207 programs.

SYPF is not intended to be the sole source of funding for your summer program. Your overall project budget and committed funds are critical considerations in the funding partner review process.

If you have questions about the application or eligibility criteria or experience technical difficulties with the application form, contact Laurie Burnsprior to the application deadline.

Summer Youth Program Fund timeline:

- December 3, 2018: New this year: all Summer Youth program grant applications must be submitted online by 2:00 p.m.
- As in the past: Lilly Endowment capital grant applications (hard copies) must be received by Lilly Endowment by 2:00 p.m.
- February - March, 2019: Grant awards announced by funding partners.
- September 27, 2019: Final grant reports due

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications for the Lilly Endowment Capital Improvement Grant to:

Summer Youth Program Fund
Lilly Endowment Inc.
2801 N. Meridian Street
P.O. Box 88068
Indianapolis, IN 46208-0068
(317) 924-5471

Laurie Burns
(317) 631-6542, ext. 136,

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Marion County