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African American Quality
of Life Initiative announces
second round funding

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By Jill Sheridan


The African American Quality of Life Initiative announced a second round of grant funding, totaling $21.5 million, to support more than 50 local nonprofit groups. They include community development corporations, grassroots groups, neighborhood centers and education organizations.

The quality of life initiative, created by the Indianapolis Urban League in 2020, aims to address years of historic, place-based inequity for Black residents in Indianapolis.

The first round also distributed $21 million in funding. The United Northeast Community Development Corporation received two of those grants, for a total of $1 million. CEO Ashley Gurvitz leads the group, which has steered redevelopment in the area.

“Now we’re solidifying the home and making sure that as new development comes, we’re really creating a space that everyone knows that they belong and belong in their homes,” Gurvitz said.

The group has used the money to double awards for home repairs and help others reach the goal of home ownership.

Other awards are focused on businesses, education, employment, health and wellness, housing and home ownership.

More money will be available for organizations engaged in quality of life improvements for Black people in Marion County.

The Indianapolis Urban League received a $100 million gift from Lilly Endowment to create the Indianapolis African American Quality of Life Initiative.

Contact WFYI city government and policy reporter Jill Sheridan at jsheridan@wfyi.org. Follow on Twitter: @JillASheridan.

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