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Children’s Museum Hires Director of Community Initiatives

Dr. LaTasha Sturdivant will join the staff of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as the Director of Community Initiatives. LaTasha’s role supports the museum’s mission by providing leadership in the ongoing nurturance and development of the relationship between The Children’s Museum and its neighbors and community. Welcome, LaTasha!

Artists Selected for Red and Purple Line Creative Placemaking Initiatives

Artists Selected for Red and Purple Line Creative Placemaking Initiatives $50,000 grant secured from Transportation for America for community engagement projects along Red and Purple Bus Rapid Transit Lines Transit Drives Indy and the Arts Council of Indianapolis are pleased to announce that five artists have been selected to engage community members and each other on temporary projects for IndyGo’s new Red Line Rapid Transit project. Additionally, one artist was selected to join the IndyGo team as an Artist in Residence during the planning phase of the Purple Line Rapid Transit project. The initiative was made possible by a $50,000 grant secured … Continued

2018 Love Thy Neighborhood Awards: Tickets Now On Sale!

The 2nd Annual Love Thy Neighborhood Awards will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Indiana War Memorial. The event will start at 5:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided by local entrepreneurs who have been impacted by LISC’s small business support. This will be followed with attendees moving into the beautiful auditorium space for the awards ceremony. This annual event will be glamorous, yet rooted in the authentic cultures of area neighborhoods. Tickets for this event are only $25 per person. Corporate packages are available. Cocktail attire is suggested. The event is presented by LISC Indianapolis and MIBOR REALTOR Association. During the event, one … Continued

Flanner House Grant to Improve Healthy Food Options

Last week Flanner House received a $400,000 Health Food Access Grant to support the development of Cleo’s Bodega, a micro-grocery store focused on increasing distribution and consumption of affordable, healthy and organic food in the North West Area neighborhood. The bodega will be housed in the Flanner House Administration Building and will offer fresh meats, vegetables, and packaged foods to the local community and surrounding area of approximately 5,200 households. The project will create eight full-time positions to be filled by residents in the neighborhood through the Flanner House Center for Working Families Program. The bodega is estimated to open in the latter half … Continued

Façade grants, housing initiatives help near east neighborhood thrive

Façade grants, housing initiatives help near east neighborhood thrive Just east of downtown Indianapolis, just north of the railroad tracks, is an area centered at the intersection of East Washington and Oxford Streets known as Englewood Village, part of the Great Places 2020 initiative. Development in this area is increasing the momentum of Englewood’s growing sense of community and inspiration as it is becoming an established place of sustainability and innovation. There are numerous strategies underway to accomplish this including providing funding to small, local businesses through façade grants, in addition to increasing affordable homeownership opportunities in these neighborhoods. The Small … Continued

Small Business Façade and Property Improvement Grants Now Available

Small Business Façade and Property Improvement Grants Now Available INDIANAPOLIS, January 18, 2018 – The Small Business Façade and Property Improvement Program is a tool within FOCUS: Works, a collective impact partnership between implementing partners LISC Indianapolis, the Indy Chamber, the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development, and the City of Indianapolis, with key support from Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership® (INHP), State Farm Insurance, PNC Bank and others. The program is a key part of Indy’s comprehensive approach to community revitalization — helping residents transform distressed areas into places of choice and opportunity. The Small Business Façade and Property Improvement Program … Continued

Development on Tap: Incorporating Inclusive Growth Strategies in Indianapolis

Development on Tap: Incorporating Inclusive Growth Strategies in Indianapolis Please join us as the Indy Chamber and LISC Indianapolis discuss the national inclusive growth challenge based on the Brookings Institute findings, and address regional strategies including the Anchor Revitalization Program that are helping to establish conditions in which people and communities can reach their productive potential. The event cost is $5 per person. Beer from Sun King Brewery and pretzels will be provided. RSVP today, seats are limited. 

15 Years and Going Strong!

Congrats to Lesley FitzSimons on recently celebrating 15 years with LISC Indianapolis. Lesley serves as Administrative Assistant. From invoices to disbursements to budgeting to contracts – she keeps the wheels turning for us! Thank you, Lesley!

The Future of Great Places 2020

As of Jan. 1, Great Places 2020 will have three years to implement the Strategic Plans for Maple Crossing, Englewood Village and River West.  In the next three months, the Great Places Steering Committee will lead an outreach effort with potential funders and partners to develop key strategies and an implementation action plan to attract the funding and partnerships needed to tackle a few key shared obstacles to making the plans a reality. This could include infrastructure investment, public safety, improved educational access, workforce apartment construction, commercial business attraction and development and home ownership development. These strategies will be integrated into … Continued

2018 Facade Grant Applications Now Open

The Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Program is a component of FOCUS that provides matching grants to property owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. These improvements could include new signage, windows, painting, and/or structural or design changes. This is a rebate program where business and property owners receive reimbursement for up to 50% of the cost of the project in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for completed work. The goal is to build long-lasting relationships that connect neighborhoods with businesses and new resources to revitalize urban markets. To apply, please fill out the 2018 Small … Continued

Indianapolis takes next step toward long-sought new criminal justice center

Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Monday morning that Indianapolis and Citizens Energy Group have reached a $4.2 million deal for the Pleasant Run Crossing site in the Twin Aire neighborhood for the city’s new criminal justice center.

Win $2,500 for Your Organization: Dec. 31 Deadline!

The LOVE thy Neighborhood Awards were created to encourage the transformation of neighborhoods throughout the Indy region into authentic and vibrant places profoundly attractive and livable for both residents and visitors. We are currently soliciting nominations in all four award categories for the 2018 Love Thy Neighborhood Awards, which will take place on April 26, 2018. An organization, individual, initiative or project can be nominated by a community member or they can self-apply. Three Nominees/Applicants will be selected as finalists in each category by a selection committee comprised of community development stakeholders. The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2017 at … Continued

Looking to 2018

Thank you to the Switchboard for hosting our staff retreat today! Looking forward to understanding our individual and collective goals toward building stronger neighborhoods in 2018!


Reminder! It’s your last chance to join the live webcast of #InvestInCommunity, our #ImpactInvesting conference with the Federal Reserve! Transforming Communities: Driving and Assessing Investment starts at 9AM ET. Sign up for the webcast and app here.…/event/transforming-communities