ICBI 2018 Application

The Fourth Annual Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI) application is now closed. The next opportunity to submit an application for ICBI will be May, 2019. Please feel free to reach out to Maury Plambeck to discuss other opportunities your neighborhood can participate in through INRC in the meantime. 

What is ICBI?

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.

When will the courses be held?

The courses are held on Saturdays during the fall. 

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.

A small group of AmeriCorps members may also be working in three of the ICBI neighborhoods.  Over a 10-month period, 6-7 AmeriCorps members will serve on a Team Service Project. The Team Service Projects (TSP) are a part of the 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 the communities.

How is this funded and how are neighborhoods selected?

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 and Old National Bank Foundation. 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.

For more information on the program 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!