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.

Applications for Fall 2019 are now closed. Applications will open again in June 2020.

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

What is ICBI?
ICBI is a training program that incorporates the traditional classes of neighborhood organizing with a neighborhood-based project.   The program is open to all Indianapolis neighborhoods. As an important part of the program, INRC will work with all participating neighborhood associations to develop a system to measure the results of each of the neighborhood-based projects.

When will the courses be held?
The courses will be held on the following Saturdays: September 7, 2019, October 5, 2019, November 2, 2019, December 7, 2019, January 4, 2020, and February 1, 2020. 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 four to five neighborhoods will be selected for 2019/2020. By July 26, 2019, INRC staff will notify all applicants about the award decisions.

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


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