Indianapolis, IN – Midtown Indy has received a grant totaling $50,000 from The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate.
The grant supports programming initiatives at Concord at Maple Crossing and Tarkington Park, with the specific goals of providing programming and events for more than 1,000 individuals and working with the community to determine programming needs at Tarkington Park for the 2018 season.
“As we look to celebrate the diversity and history of the unique communities that comprise Maple Crossing, we are grateful for the continued partnership of The Indianapolis Foundation. This grant will provide tremendous opportunities for engagement, entrepreneurship, and activation of places for our communities to gather, learn, and grow together,” said Michael McKillip, executive director of Midtown Indy.
With this funding, Midtown Indy will work to bring life back to the corner of 38th and Illinois streets through programming at the Concord Building and throughout the surrounding community. Examples of planned programming include a Neighborhood History Museum, a Merchants and Makers Social, and a business startup competition which will bring together business owners and residents in an effort to stabilize, promote, and connect the skilled tradesmen and entrepreneurs in Maple Crossing.
“This historic space has so much potential,” said Liz Tate, vice president of community investment for CICF. “Midtown Indy does a great job engaging everyone in the community and providing unique programming that promotes art and culture, as well as helping to address basic needs and workforce skills.”
ABOUT INDIANAPOLIS FOUNDATION
The Indianapolis Foundation was founded in 1916. The Foundation is a public charity and an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). As Indiana’s oldest and largest community foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation was created to ensure that the quality of life in Marion County continuously improves; to help where the needs are greatest and the benefits to the community are most extensive; and to provide donors a vehicle for using their gifts in the best possible way now, and in the future as conditions in the community change. It awards approximately $7 million annually to support current and future community needs, and is governed by a board of six publicly-appointed directors.