IBJNews

Crime-grant selection enters final round

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

A smaller budget and new selection process for Indianapolis’ crime-prevention grant program has thrown some local not-for-profits for a loop.

Several organizations that received funding in the past were eliminated in the first round of evaluations this year, and that won’t be the end of the disappointments. The selection panel will chose grantees from 27 finalists on Friday, and the awards will be announced June 1.

The selection process changed this year when the City-County Council put administration of the program in the hands of the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, an effort to make the program less political and possibly draw private sources of funding. The crime-prevention grants are funded at the council's discretion through income-tax revenue.

Previously, an advisory board made recommendations, and the council then changed or approved them. Under the new process, the parks foundation nominated an independent seven-member selection panel. One of the members is a mayor's appointee, and another is the clerk of the council.

This year, the parks foundation fielded 115 applications seeking $12 million, executive director Cindy Porteous said. But because of the city's ongoing budget crunch, the council cut the grant funds by more than half. Last year 68 organizations divvied up about $4 million. With only $1.7 million for grants this time, 88 organizations were eliminated from contention in the first round.

Porteous said she’s met or spoken with executives from several of those groups. “There were disappointments,” she said.

Travis DiNicola, executive director of the literacy group IndyReads, said he thought his organization would get further consideration because research shows a link between literacy rates and crime. IndyReads last year received $24,000 to help place volunteer tutors in city jails, but this year was eliminated after submitting a brief description of its program, as requested.

DiNicola said he thought the chance to make a strong case would come later. “I think the process was one that was confusing,” he said.

Adding to the crunch: The parks foundation is trying to make a more noticeable impact with a smaller budget, so it is raising the minimum grant amount to $50,000.

Porteous said a number of applicants weren’t sure how they would pay for their programs, other than with the city’s grant. Next year, she’d like to offer any not-for-profit that’s interested training on where else to look for crime-prevention grants and how to land them. “We think we have the capacity to do that as well.”

 

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. why oh why does this state continue to elect these people....do you wonder how much was graft out of the 3.8 billion?

  2. i too think this is a great idea. I think the vision and need is there as well. But also agree with Wendy that there may be better location in our city to fulfill this vision and help grow the sports of hockey and figure skating in Indy. Also to help further develop other parts of the city that seem often forgotten. Any of the other 6 townships out side of the three northernmost could benefit greatly from a facility and a vision like this. For a vision that sounds philanthropic, the location is appears more about the money. Would really like to see it elsewhere, but still wish the development the best of luck, as we can always use more ice in the city. As for the Ice growth when they return, if schedules can be coordinated with the Fuel, what could be better than to have high level hockey available to go see every weekend of the season? Good luck with the development and the return of the Ice.

  3. How many parking spaces do they have at Ironworks? Will residents have reserved spaces or will they have to troll for a space among the people that are there at Ruth Chris & Sangiovese?

  4. You do not get speeding ticket first time you speed and this is not first time Mr.Page has speed. One act should not define a man and this one act won't. He got off with a slap on the wrist. I agree with judge no person was injured by his actions. The state was robbed of money by paying too much rent for a building and that money could have been used for social services. The Page family maybe "generous" with their money but for most part all of it is dirty money that he obtained for sources that are not on the upright. Page is the kind of lawyer that gives lawyers a bad name. He paid off this judge like he has many other tine and walked away. Does he still have his license. I believe so. Hire him to get you confiscated drug money back. He will. It will cost you.

  5. I remain amazed at the level of expertise of the average Internet Television Executive. Obviously they have all the answers and know the business inside and out.

ADVERTISEMENT