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Indianapolis Urban League – African American Coalition of Indianapolis launches round three of funding for African American Quality of Life Initiative

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Nonprofit organizations with programs and initiatives are encouraged to apply

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indianapolis Urban League (IUL) and African American Coalition of Indianapolis (IAAQLI) are accepting applications for Round 3 of RFP funding for the Indianapolis African American Quality of Life Initiative (IAAQLI). The IAAQLI will provide place-based funding for organizations and community partnerships that provide solutions to address critical issues facing Indianapolis’ African American community.  The initiative is being funded through a $100 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to the National Urban League.

Round 3 funding will target organizations and programs focused on employment, health and wellness, housing, and leadership and civic engagement. Interested applicants should visit https://iaaqli.org/funding-opportunities/ to review the application requirements, watch the tutorial videos, and select the funding application that applies to their area of emphasis.  Written questions will be accepted through September 19. All responses will be posted on the IAAQLI website on September 25. RFP proposals will be accepted through October 20 with anticipated award announcements occurring in January 2024.

“We are thrilled to begin our third round of funding,” said IUL President and IAAQLI Co-Director, Tony Mason. To date, we have distributed millions of dollars to organizations throughout the city that are implementing programs that address the urgent needs of our community. This third round of funding will continue this effort and will create opportunities for new partnerships which will be essential to the success of the initiative. “This third round of funding will provide resources for addressing the growing disparities within the African American community,” said Willis Bright, Chairman of the African American Coalition of Indianapolis and the Co-Director of IAAQLI. “We can change the lives of future generations who will call Indianapolis home. I encourage all organizations ranging from grassroots to top roots to apply,” he added.

For more information and to review the RFP process, timeline and Round 3 priorities visit www.iaaqli.org.

About the Indianapolis Urban League

Founded in 1965, the Indianapolis Urban League is a non-profit, non-partisan, interracial, community-based, human services agency dedicated to assisting African Americans other minorities, and disadvantaged individuals to achieve social and economic equality. Annually, the IUL provides direct services and advocacy in the areas of education and youth services, economic and workforce development, health and quality of life, civic engagement and leadership, and civil rights and racial justice empowerment.  IUL is one of 90 affiliates of the National Urban League serving 300 communities in 36 states and the District of Columbia. For more information visit www.indplsul.org.

About the African American Coalition of Indianapolis

Founded in 2004, the African American Coalition of Indianapolis (AACI) is a non-partisan collaboration of more than 20 African American civic, social, professional, service, and community organizations to educate and engage African Americans in the local, state, and national political process.

About the Indianapolis Quality of Life Initiative

The National Urban League (NUL), and Indianapolis Urban League (IUL) in partnership with the African American Coalition of Indianapolis (AACI) and a variety of organizations have implemented the African American Quality of Life Initiative. Funded through a $100 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, the IAAQLI is mobilizing African American resources while also building collaborations and partnerships to elevate the quality of life of African Americans in Indianapolis/Marion County.

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