The Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded more than $43 million to 18 museums and cultural organizations across the country, including four in Indiana.
The grants cover groups in 57 counties, with more than a third of the 297 organizations based in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis-based private foundation on Monday announced the gifts, which range from $1 million to $5 million and were made to 38 colleges and universities.
The public arts project, funded with a $674,520 grant from Lilly Endowment and organized by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, features 100 mini-installations, performances, literary pieces and individual artworks along urban streets.
The Indianapolis-based philanthropic giant saw its assets increase to nearly $17 billion in 2019.
The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. on Tuesday announced plans to dedicate up to $20 million to organizations serving youth populations during the ongoing public health crisis.
The Indy Arts & Culture Restart & Resilience Fund, underwritten by Lilly Endowment Inc., will provide eligible entities with one-time grants ranging from $5,000 to $500,000.
Within a week of Indiana’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, the Indianapolis-based endowment granted $15 million to underwrite a new community fund dedicated to helping social service agencies respond to the pandemic.
The Lilly Endowment has long shown a deep commitment to this city and state, but rarely has it been on display in such a resounding way as during the COVID-19 crisis.
The endowment announced Wednesday that it has awarded a $30 million grant to Indiana United Ways, which oversees the statewide network of United Ways, and a $3.5 million grant to the United Way of Central Indiana.
The money is meant to help The Salvation Army respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to help pay for its overall operations into the future.
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Sullivan said during Tuesday’s press conference that organizers have secured a location to quarantine those experiencing the virus and homelessness.
The fund, called the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund, received a $15 million donation from Lilly Endowment Inc. and $500,000 contributions from three other organizations.
The expansion will add two miles to the trail’s existing eight-mile network. It’s the first expansion since the trail opened in 2013.
The grants from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. range from $1 million to $7.5 million. They’re intended to help establish endowments, strengthen staffing and recruit volunteers and donors.
For the Lilly Endowment, a good year means it’s time to cash in.
The endowment’s assets reached $15.1 billion at the end of 2018, pushing it ahead of the Ford Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust, which had assets of $13.1 billion and $13.2 billion, respectively.
Host Mason King talks with the Center for Leadership Development’s president, Dennis Bland, about how a Lilly Endowment grant will expand the group’s programs to help minority students achieve in school and in life.
The endowment is soliciting proposals from not-for-profit organizations—and is encouraging those groups to collaborate with each other or with companies and governmental agencies on their efforts.
The Indianapolis-based Center for Leadership Development, which promotes personal development and educational attainment for minority youth, said the grant announced Tuesday morning is expected to be “transformational.”