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December 5, 2018

INRC Receives Grant for Neighborhood Creative Placemaking Initiative

INRC has received a grant of $553,561 as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation initiative. INRC is one of 18 organizations receiving grants through this competitive initiative.

INRC, in partnership with the Harrison Center, will work with 30 neighborhoods over the next 5 years to strengthen their capacity and help our neighbors plan and develop creative placemaking projects. Many Indianapolis residents imagine new possibilities for their neighborhoods. Some of the most powerful examples of this emerge from community efforts that build on the gifts and assets of residents and resident-led collaborations. These projects will reflect a neighborhood’s priorities and social fabric and create new community gathering spaces.

Lilly Endowment launched the initiative in January 2018, inviting Indiana-based charitable organizations to propose ideas that would use the arts to foster community building in Indianapolis.

When the initiative opened, Lilly Endowment planned to make grants totaling $25 million. In total, 26 creative ideas were submitted. Lilly Endowment was so pleased with the quality of proposals that it decided to nearly double the total amount of money dedicated to the grants to $48.9 million.

“We were impressed not just by the number of proposals we received but also by the applicants’ collaborative spirit, imagination and energetic desire to make Indianapolis a more vibrant and engaging community,” said Rob Smith, the Endowment’s vice president for community development. “We believe that the projects, including INRC’s Neighborhood Creative Placemaking Project, will significantly enhance the quality of life for residents and create compelling new experiences for visitors.”

We are incredibly grateful for Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation initiative and look forward to providing even more opportunities to strengthen and transform our Indianapolis neighborhoods.