Lilly Endowment Announces $2.4 Million for Summer Youth Programs

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced $2.4 million in grants through the Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaboration with nine other funders, in support of summer programs in Marion County.

Established in 1995 by the endowment and the Indianapolis Foundation — now an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation — the Summer Youth Program Fund currently counts as partners the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Clowes Fund, the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, the City of Indianapolis Division of Community Development, JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Kroger Company, and Eli Lilly & Company.

Of the $2.4 million awarded through the fund, the Lilly Endowment provided $1.5 million. Grants were awarded to organizations offering academic achievement activities, church- or community organization-based activities, residential camps, youth employment programs, and enrichment activities such as backpacking, reading, art, swimming, gardening, and field trips.

The endowment also awarded $571,127 to thirty-one organizations for a variety of small capital projects, including facility renovations and the purchase of computer equipment and vans to transport program participants. Recipients include the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, which was awarded $147,000 to provide weekend food for up to thirty-five hundred children in eighteen summer programs. In addition, the endowment awarded $235,213 to the Marion County Commission on Youth in support of adult and youth staff training, program evaluation activities, and end-of-summer educational awards.

"During the summer, young people need supervised opportunities to engage in safe, constructive activities with peers and caring adults," said Barbara S. DeHart, the endowment's program director for the Summer Youth Program Fund. "Dozens of organizations in our community administer creative, high-quality summer programs, and the Endowment is pleased to help them support and enrich the lives of Marion County youth."

For a list of grant recipients, visit the Lilly Endowment Web site.