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