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.

We believe that everyone is naturally creative, resourceful and whole – they come into the world with gifts, skills and talents that, when utilized, greatly impact their neighborhoods. People often invest their time and talent in training that assumes something is missing within themselves, their families or their neighborhoods. This is where the ICBI is different. Not only does our training engage the strengths of others, it also builds communities of practice that produce a ripple effect across communities, and our City.

Leadership development is critical to mobilizing residents to see change in their own neighborhoods and across neighborhoods. How does it work?


The Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI) is a training program that incorporates the traditional classes of neighborhood organization with a neighborhood-based project. INRC has included project management skills in the training program and will help solicit additional resources for the project, as determined through the process. The program is open to all Indianapolis neighborhoods. As an important part of the program, INRC will work with chosen neighborhoods to develop a system to measure the results of each of the neighborhood-based projects.

INRC’s ICBI training program (starting its 4th class in September) goes beyond INRC’s traditional training classes by focusing on a six-month (one Saturday a month) program that targets both neighborhoods desiring to create a leadership team and experienced associations looking to expand its leadership team. The program will accept several neighborhood teams, each consisting of 3-5 leaders to learn and work together, building new skills focused on asset-based community development (ABCD).

The program provides training in a variety of areas, including engagement, project management, and inclusiveness, so neighborhood leaders can improve skills and be more effective in developing a more active and engaged community.

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

A small group of AmeriCorps Public Allies members will also be working in three ICBI neighborhoods.  Over a 10-month period, 6-7 AmeriCorps members will serve on a Team Service Project (TSP). The TSPs are a part of INRC's Public Allies Indianapolis program that focus on communities and neighborhoods to increase resident engagement through volunteer recruitment, local capacity-building, building local networks, and bringing the Public Allies core values to communities.

The program is partially funded with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the 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 chosen 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.

Applications for the Fall 2018 are now closed.

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

Thank you to Old National Bank and the City of Indianapolis for their sponsorship of Indianapolis Community Building Institute!



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