Grants aim to elevate violence reduction work to the grassroots

Grants aim to elevate violence reduction work to the grassroots

Grassroots groups working to reduce violence in Marion County will receive a cash injection.

Elevation grants provide more than $4.3 million to 31 grassroots organization programs that address the root causes of violence. These programs focus on youth empowerment, improved mental health and neighborhood safety.

The amount of money distributed by the Indianapolis Foundation is five times higher this year. The city is using funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to invest $45 million in neighborhood crime reduction efforts over the next three years.

In a written statement, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said these grassroots groups understand community solutions.

“These resources will further energize this great work, empowering more neighbors than ever before while reducing the root drivers of violence in our neighborhoods,” Hogsett said. “This historic amount of funding is an investment that will pay off now and for decades to come.”

This round of funding reaches more grassroots organizations that work directly with people at risk of violence in underserved communities. The next round of funding exceeds $8.5 million and applications are now open. The Indianapolis Foundation hosts a series of grantmaking clinics to help with the application process.

A list of all recipients can be found here.

The Elevate Grants, formerly known as the Violent Crime Reduction Grants Program, are part of Mayor Hogsett’s violence reduction plan announced last year. This effort also focuses on police technology, additional peacemakers and mental health resources.