Indianapolis awarded nearly $150,000 to support resiliency
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Indianapolis awarded nearly $150,000 Partners for Places grant to support community resiliency efforts 


For immediate release

May 10, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- Today, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities​ announced that Indianapolis will receive nearly $150,000 in funding to support community resiliency efforts, as part of the 12th round of Partners for Places grants awarded by the organization. The award will aid in the ongoing Thrive Indianapolis planning and implementation process led by the City's Office of Sustainability. 

"As our community continues to grow and develop, we must ensure our neighborhoods are healthy, vibrant, and strong -- prepared for the challenges of the 21st century and beyond,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “The Partners for Places grant will support our continued work to engage City agencies, partners, and residents in shaping this brighter future, developing community resilience strategies that uplift all."

Launched at the beginning of 2018, Thrive Indianapolis is convening city and county stakeholders, community partners, and neighborhoods to develop an equitable and socially-just action plan that includes sustainability, climate action, and resilience components. The plan, expected to be completed at the end of 2018, will include:

  • A community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
  • A community vulnerability assessment.
  • An update to the city's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.
  • A study of the city's solid waste stream.
  • Implementation measures that identify both responsible parties and funding sources.

The grant award from Partners for Places supports community engagement efforts, Resilience Ambassadors who will connect and organize Indianapolis neighborhoods around Thrive Indianapolis, and the future implementation of actions identified in the plan. Thrive Indianapolis is a coordinated effort of City departments, the Marion County Public Health Department, Eskenazi Health, and the McKinney Green Initiatives Fund, a CICF Fund.

"The McKinney Family believes environmental sustainability is the key to a successful future for Indiana,” said Marni McKinney, president of the McKinney Green Initiatives Fund. “We are delighted that the Partners for Places matching grant program has matched our investment in Indianapolis' Thrive initiative, which we are confident will promote a more healthy, resilient and prosperous community."

The grant will be implemented in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and additional funding from Indianapolis Power and Light. With matching funding, the grant total includes more than $300,000 for Thrive Indianapolis planning and engagement.

“LISC Indianapolis is excited to partner with the City of Indianapolis on creating more resilient neighborhoods,” stated Tedd Grain, deputy director of LISC.

The development of Thrive Indianapolis follows Mayor Joe Hogsett's signing of Resolution 21 in March of last year, committing the City-County to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050. Residents can get engaged by attending a neighborhood event or taking the Thrive Indianapolis community survey. More information can be found at​.​


About Partners for Places Partners for Places

Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program led by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Partners for Places seeks to improve U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and well-being for all residents. Through these investments, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our communities more prosperous, livable and vibrant. For more information, go to