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Grants will fund programs and initiatives to improve the quality of life for African American Residents


The National Urban League has selected 38 Indianapolis/Marion County not-for-profit organizations as the second recipients of grants from the Indianapolis African American Quality of Life Initiative (IAAQLI). The organizations represent 41 grants awarded with funding totaling more than $12.3M. The initiative is a partnership between the National Urban League, the Indianapolis Urban League, and the African American Coalition of Indianapolis.  IAAQLI was created in 2020 through a $100M grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to the National Urban League.

The third round of funding comes after the two distribution of awards to organizations that have created and implemented programs designed to address the most critical issues impacting the quality of life for African Americans within Indianapolis/Marion County. The funding will continue to help non-profit organizations implement IAAQLI’s goal to support effective programs, policies, and ventures that will make measurable improvements in the daily lives of African Americans in the local community. As with the previous funding rounds, the National Urban League is awarding grants to organizations whose programs, services, and advocacy will address historic inequities within Indianapolis’ Black communities. “Indianapolis continues to shed new light on identifying solutions for addressing the needs of its Black communities. The work being done is game-changing, and the country is watching,” said Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League.

Grants in the second round of funding will be awarded to the following organizations:

Category:  Employment

Boys and Girls Club of Central Indianapolis                                        $390,317

Brightwood Community Center                                                           $393,946

BUILD (Believers United in Local Development)                                $385,800

Children’s Bureau, Inc.                                                                       $400,000

Christamore House                                                                            $400,000

Englewood Community Development Corporation                            $399,850

Fathers and Families Center                                                             $400,000

Judah Ministries                                                                               $400,000

Keys2Work, Inc.                                                                               $400,000

Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center Indianapolis                      $319,770

Neighborhood Link Indianapolis Foundation                                    $301,280

Thomas Ridley’s 1 Like Me                                                               $100,000

University of Indianapolis (UIndy)                                                     $395,813

Category:  Health and Wellness

Allegiant Prep Academy                                                                   $220,000

Centers of Wellness for Urban Women                                            $300,000

Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center                                          $372,000

Flanner House of Indianapolis                                                          $185,000

Flanner House of Indianapolis                                                          $160,000

Hoosier Families, Inc.                                                                       $400,000

Indiana Black Expo                                                                          $250,000

Indiana Youth Group                                                                        $200,000

Indianapolis Recorder Charities                                                       $400,000

International Marketplace Coalition                                                 $250,000

Local Initiatives Support Corporation Indianapolis                          $300,000

Mozell Sanders Foundation, Inc.                                                    $300,000

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church                                                              $210,272

Murphy Mentoring Group                                                                $385,200

PEACE Learning Center, Inc.                                                         $250,000

Reach For Youth, Inc.                                                                     $200,000

Soul Food Project                                                                          $268,840

The Riley Center, Inc.,                                                                   $365,411

University of Indianapolis (UIndy)                                                  $394,331    

Leadership and Civic Engagement

Broadway United Methodist Church                                                 $250,000

Central Indiana Community Foundation                                           $250,000

Education United Indy, Inc.                                                               $250,000

Indiana Black Expo                                                                         $250,000

The Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation                                   $249,700

Indy Black Chamber of Commerce                                                  $250,000

Madam Walker Legacy Center                                                         $250,000

Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center Indianapolis                      $249,539

The Ross Foundation                                                                       $250,000

“With this third round of funding, we have the opportunity to continue our support for organizations that have implemented programs that will continue to elevate the mission of the IAAQLI,” said Indianapolis Urban League President and CEO Tony Mason. “We also have the opportunity to engage new organizations who are committed to supporting our Black community. As more organizations receive funding and our grantees from our previous rounds of funding begin reporting their outcomes, we will continue to understand further the depth of the issues the community has identified and work together to explore what additional resources are needed.”

“Eliminating disparities caused by decades of systemic racism will require continuous involvement from our entire community,” added African American Coalition of Indianapolis Chair Willis Bright. While this is our third round of funding, these organizations will need the support of our entire community to be successful. I encourage us to learn more about the implemented programs and engage with the organizations committed to this effort. This is how we can ensure the entire community benefits, and we have sustainable programming that will withstand the test of time.”

Visit www.iaaqli.org to learn more about the Indianapolis African American Quality of Life Initiative and review a complete project listing with descriptions 

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