Who We Are
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) offers training and technical assistance to help grassroots neighborhood organizations address issues that impact the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Established in 1994 as a private, nonprofit organization, INRC provides support and resources that strengthen, develop and empower neighborhoods.
Using the principles of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), INRC supports residents and other stakeholders as they build community upon the strength of their neighborhood. Through training sessions, the provision of technical assistance, and individual coaching, INRC supports neighborhood-based organizations as they identify their community’s assets and mobilize its capacities. Through this work, grassroots community leaders are creating and strengthening institutions, relationships and processes that support healthy, viable and sustainable communities.
INRC works directly with neighborhood-based organizations throughout Marion County, including neighborhood associations, community centers, faith-based organizations and other nonprofit groups.
How We’re Funded
INRC is a United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) Partner Agency. In addition to receiving community support through the United Way, INRC receives support from private and public funders, including: Lilly Endowment, Inc.; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF Affiliate; the City of Indianapolis/ Dept. of Metropolitan Development/U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; and Clarian Health Partners, Inc. INRC also receives support from individual, private and corporate partners.
What We Offer
INRC offers a variety of services, designed to support resident leaders and neighborhood-based organizations, including:
- Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI). A progressive 3-track curriculum, ICBI is an intensive, experiential program that explores ideas and develops practical skills necessary for effective neighborhood leaders.
- Site-Based Training. INRC offers site-based training sessions, bringing resources to neighborhoods to help residents develop the skills they need to lead and create positive change. With specialized sessions on topics such as Community Building Tools, Asset Mapping, Building Strong Networks and Direct Action Organizing, INRC offers a wide range of opportunities depending upon each neighborhood’s priorities.
- Study Circles. Study Circles are neighborhood-based, small group discussions aimed at developing innovative strategies to strengthen families and neighborhoods.
- Technical Assistance. To meet the specific needs of neighborhood groups, INRC provides assessments and offers customized technical assistance including neighborhood visioning, referrals, project consultation, coaching and meeting facilitation.
- IMAGINE. The Indianapolis Matching Awards for Great Indy Neighborhoods Engagement (IMAGINE) is a small grants program designed to support projects led by neighborhood-based organizations that enhance leadership and collaboration at the grassroots level.
- Public Allies. INRC serves as the Local Operating Partner for Public Allies Indianapolis. Public Allies is an AmeriCorps program that seeks to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation by providing leadership development training and placement of local young leadership with nonprofits across Indianapolis.