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Welcome to SustainIndy!​​​​​​​​​
Created in 2008 by Mayor Greg Ballard, the City of Indianapolis’ Office of Sustainability is making the City one of the most sustainable and livable cities in the Midwest.
Since its creation, the Office has led this effort by collaborating to achieve community-defined goals and establishing public-private partnerships to create a more sustainable Indianapolis.
Sustainindy Community Grants
The SustainIndy Community Grant program was created by the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability in partnership with the McKinney Family Foundation.The program is seeking initiatives that further economic development, ensure environmental integrity and promote social and cultural vibrancy.
Proposals for the SustainIndy Community Grant program should address the following:
  • Sustainability Principles
    • Enhancing quality of life for residents
    • Protecting the natural environment
    • Strengthening the local economy
  • STAR Community Rating System
    • Indianapolis participates in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), the nation’s first framework and certification program for local sustainability. The Rating System encompasses economic, environmental, and social performance measures for both local governments and the broader community.
    • The Rating System evaluates seven goal areas, including:
      • Built Environment
      • Climate & Energy
      • Economy & Jobs
      • Education, Arts & Community
      • Equity & Empowerment
      • Health & Safety
      • Natural Systems
  • Public - Private Partnerships
The City’s Office of Sustainability and the McKinney Family Foundation will review all proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately four weeks from the proposal submission deadline.
Proposals can be submitted at any time during the calendar year and will be reviewed quarterly. Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $10,000 per project.
Click here to download an application.
Click here to visit the idea bank for previously submitted ideas and winning proposals.