Lilly Endowment Awards $49 Million for Indianapolis Cultural Projects

Lilly Endowment Awards $49 Million for Indianapolis Cultural Projects

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling nearly $49 million to seventeen projects through its Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation initiative.

Ranging from $49,000 to $9.2 million, the grants will support efforts to beautify public places, revitalize historic landmarks, increase access to the arts, and promote new arts experiences in neighborhoods across the city. The projects include efforts to incorporate the arts into neighborhood revitalization activities; create cultural programs and experiences that bring people together; provide more arts experiences to children through innovative school-based activities; strengthen artist spaces; and infuse art into new nature trails that are accessible to people with disabilities.

The endowment originally planned to award $25 million in grants through the initiative but decided to double the amount to better accommodate all the innovative and promising proposals it received. 

"We were impressed not just by the number of proposals we received but also by the applicants' collaborative spirit, imagination, and energetic desire to make Indianapolis a more vibrant and engaging community," said Rob Smith, the endowment's vice president for community development. "We believe that the projects funded through this initiative will significantly enhance the quality of life for residents and create compelling new experiences for visitors."

"Lilly Endowment Reveals Arts and Cultural Initiative Grants." Lilly Endowment Press Release 12/05/2018.