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SustainIndy​​​​​ Community Grant Program

Grants to Marion County, Indiana Non-Profits
and Others for Environmental Initiatives

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City of Indianapolis Department Of Public Works, in partnership with the McKinney Family Foundation

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana non-profits and other local groups for environmental sustainability projects and initiatives. The program is seeking initiatives that further economic development, ensure environmental integrity and promote social and cultural vibrancy.

Proposals should address the following areas that are important for creating a more sustainable Indianapolis:

1) Sustainability Principles: Proposals should discuss how the three sustainability principles (social, environmental, and economic) are woven into the fabric of the project or program.

2) Public - Private Partnerships: Proposals should identify necessary partnerships to successfully conduct the project or program. Partnerships should be mutually reinforcing and beneficial for all parties.

3) STAR Community Rating System: Indianapolis participates in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), the nation’s first framework and certification program for local sustainability. The Rating System encompasses economic, environmental, and social performance measures for both local governments and the broader community. The Rating System evaluates seven goal areas, including: Built Environment, Climate & Energy, Economy & Jobs, Education, Arts &, Community, Equity & Empowerment, Health & Safety, and Natural Systems.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144961

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grantees will have a period of 1 year from receipt of signed grant agreement to complete their project and spend all grant funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any group of individuals located within Indianapolis/Marion County is eligible to apply. A group can refer to a non-profit, business, club, organization, neighborhood association, or group of individuals, provided one individual is willing to be the primary contact that is responsible for fiscal interactions and measurement of impact.

Prior applications: Applicants who have received funding are not eligible for additional funding for one calendar year from the date of their award. For example, groups who receive funding during the initial round (September 1, 2014) will not be eligible to apply until 3rd quarter 2015 funding period.

All projects must meet these minimum requirements:
-All activities of the project must occur in Indianapolis/Marion County.
-Project must be located in Indianapolis/Marion County (Projects within the unincorporated municipalities are eligible);
-Project must address at least one or more of the goal areas of the STAR community rating system;
-Project must have a community partner;
-All applicants must be in compliance with State and federal rules and regulations;
-Preference may be given for projects that target a traditionally unengaged population.

Pre-Application Information:

View the program FAQs here:

A twenty five percent leverage is required for this program; Applicant, partner, or in-kind contributions are eligible to be counted as leveraged funds. Grant recipients who leverage more funds will receive additional points in the scoring process based upon the overall percentage of funds leveraged.

Please submit your proposal electronically to by July 30, 2014. The proposal cover sheet and narrative needs to be submitted as a Word document. Other supporting documentation maybe attached to your email proposal.

Contact Information:

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

Direct applications to:

Melody Park, Director
(317) 327-7868

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Indianapolis

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana