Indianapolis Community Building Institute

A Space For Building Skills

Based on the philosophy of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD),  the Indianapolis Community  Building Institute (ICBI) transfers community building skills while providing space where Indianapolis neighbors can connect, realize and act on their passions for change.

Leadership development is critical to mobilizing residents to see change in their own neighborhoods and across neighborhoods.

This program is available to all without regard of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or on the basis of any other protected classification. Reasonable accommodations for the selection process and during service are available upon request.

Prior to the start of the 2020/2021 session, the registered team members from each selected neighborhood will be asked to complete a brief Neighborhood Assessment.

Applications for Fall 2020 are open at 

For more information, please contact Maury Plambeck at or call 317.920.0330 ext. 305.

What is ICBI?
Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI) is a training program that incorporates the traditional classes of neighborhood organizing with a community-based project.   The program is open to all Indianapolis neighborhoods and community-based organizations.   As an important part of the program, Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) will work with each organization to develop community-specific systems to measure the results of each of the neighborhood-based projects.    The measurements will vary, but will be designed to show the success of each project.

When will the courses be held?
The courses will be held on the following Saturdays: September 12, 2020, October 10, 2020, November 14, 2020, November 21, 2020, January 9, 2021, and February 13, 2021.   The sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at INRC.

Will there be extra support outside the training?
INRC staff is available to support the teams, outside of the classroom, as they work on their project and implement the lessons learned through the training.

How do Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) impact ICBI?
The program is partially funded with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the City of Indianapolis. While INRC will need to assure that at least 50% of the total number of census tracts for the selected neighborhoods are qualified for the use of CDBG funds, INRC is also committed to ensuring that a diverse representation of neighborhoods is selected. All neighborhoods are eligible to participate, even if they have no HUD qualified census tracts.

How are neighborhoods selected?
Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of INRC staff, recent ICBI graduates and members of INRC’s Community Building & Training Committee. It is anticipated that five neighborhoods will be selected for 2020/2021. By July 24, 2020, INRC staff will notify all applicants about the award decisions.

Thank you to the City of Indianapolis and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for their sponsorship of the Indianapolis Community Building Institute!



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