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Farm 365 project adds 11 jobs

Farm 365 project adds 11 jobs Farm 365, located in the Englewood Village neighborhood, seeks to be a small part of the solution of the food desert problem on the Near East side. It is focused on year round production and year round employment. Growing fresh, flavorful produce, grown by and for the local community, as well as re-purposing buildings, adding value to urban neighborhoods and directly creating 11 jobs. LISC Indianapolis provided a $20,000 facade improvement grant for Farm 365 and a $99,750 project initiation loan to support this project.

Donor Highlight: INHP Catalyst Grants

Donor Highlight: INHP Catalyst Grants In 2015, through the generous support of Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), a $18,000 Catalyst Grant was awarded to the Martin Luther King Center in Mid-North to support the Family & Neighborhood Advocate project, a service delivery model for families and children. This project provides intensive head-of-household services including workforce development, connections to education resources, income supports and financial management and will target families of School #43. Thank you INHP for your generous support!

Indy Convergence makes Near West home

Indy Convergence, a non-profit Indianapolis arts organization dedicated to the growth of artists, has made its home at 2611 W. Michigan in the Near West neighborhood. Indy Convergence brings together a groups of professional artists from around the world to collaborate on cross-disciplinary projects, teach workshops and explore how to best interact with communities. Click here to learn more about this wonderful organization!

38th and Shine project wins $10,000 grant

Congratulations to Stefan Eicher who won the #LOVEat38th 5 x 5 contest for his project, 38th & Shine. Stefan received $10,000 to organize an event on May 7 to break the record for the most sparklers lit. The 5×5 event was a contest sponsored by LISC to foster community building and art-focused innovations in selected Great Places neighborhoods.

No Mean City launched in Near West

On Feb. 25, Indianapolis residents gathered at 1899 Indy in the Near West neighborhood to help launch No Mean City, a collaborative,  non-partisan effort to tell the real stories of life  in Indianapolis – a citizens’ guide to community, culture, schools, and housing  in Marion County. The project aims to entice people of all ages, from all over, to live in Indianapolis, building the tax base and ensuring the future economic health of the city. Learn more about No Mean City or follow the conversation on Twitter: @nomeancity

Work for a great place in a Great Place!

Midtown Indy is hiring a Program and Event Coordinator. The position is focused on fundraising, event coordination, meeting support, communications and marketing. Click here for details and application information.

Near Eastside neighborhood gathered to discuss innovation in local school

On Jan. 30, 250 Near Eastside neighbors and local leaders gathered at an Education Summit at School 15 to brainstorm ideas on how they could better serve their students and community. The neighborhood has created a steering committee to work on school issues that includes members from the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, Englewood Community Development Corporation, Near East Area Renewal, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Englewood Christian Church. Click here to read about this issue on Chalkbeat Indiana.

East Washington and Oxford: Winning Creative Placemaking projects announced

Neighbors met last week at Englewood Recreation Indianapolis to unveil the winning Creative Placemaking projects. There was a great mix of funded projects including two neighbors within 1/4 mile of the Great Place neighborhood, three Near Eastsiders and two additional Indianapolis-area recipients. More than $17,000 in grants were awarded including:   * Englewood International Amateur Film Festival by Jennifer Hutchinson * Summer Concert Series by Amber Lanman, Tracy Aldrich, Todd Burleson and Andy May * Notes to Self mural by Emily Gable and Paul Pelsue * T-Shirt Design Competition and Printing by Cat Head Press Additional selected projects for a … Continued

Feb. 18: Creative Placemaking Projects Unveiled, East Washington and Oxford

Near Eastside Neighbors, please join us this Thursday, February 18 for a Launch Party: Great Places Near Eastside at Englewood Recreation Indianapolis 5 p.m.: Cake and punch reception 6 p.m.: Announce the winning proposals for Great Places Near Eastside creative placemaking projects!


BES-Indy LLC, a special purpose entity of Charter School Support Services, a national nonprofit developer, recently closed on construction financing from LISC and IFF to finance the development of a facility located at 5326 Hillside Avenue which will be leased to a new K-5 charter elementary school, ACE Preparatory Academy (“ACE Prep”). The start-up school is founded by Anna Shults. ACE Prep is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016 and will serve a total of 432 students at full enrollment. Read more here.

Sustainable Local Food Indiana – growing

GREAT PLACES 2020: EAST WASHINGTON AND OXFORD Progress continues at Sustainable Local Food Indiana. The first growing unit is now producing basil and lettuce (watch time-lapse video here) and is being sold to Pogue’s Run Grocer’s Deli and Wildwood Market. Renovation work on the building is ongoing and more growing units will be added in the coming months. Also, Hoosier Popcorn was announced as a new building tenant.

Submissions due Jan. 31 for Near Eastside Creative Placemaking Projects

GREAT PLACES 2020: EAST WASHINGTON AND OXFORD The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA), Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are partnering to support creative placemaking projects within the Near Eastside Great Places 2020 area. We are soliciting proposals from a broad range of creative practices (art installations, craft-based projects, music, performances, culinary achievements, special events, etc.) that contribute to the cultural identity of the Near Eastside Great Place. Successful projects will connect people together with the distinct place, history, stories or culture of the Near Eastside Great Place. Click here for application information.

LISC celebrates 2015 work, highlights efforts in International Marketplace

LISC celebrates 2015 work, highlights efforts in International Marketplace On Dec. 3, LISC Indianapolis gathered friends, partners and supporters to celebrate the 2015 work in connecting people and places of urban Indianapolis to opportunity. The holiday event highlighted the International Marketplace Coalition, a non-profit organization comprised of businesses, concerned citizens and community leaders who encourage economic growth and development on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The event took place at Jiallos African Caribbean Restaurant, in the International Marketplace neighborhood. In partnership with the City of Indianapolis and the International Marketplace Coalition, LISC funded this catalytic transformation along West 38th Street. … Continued

Tarkington Park Façade Improvements Underway

Tarkington Park Façade Improvements Underway With a focus on creative placemaking, a number of art murals have been added in Tarkington Park. In addition, the parking lot has been repaved and benches have been added. The Tarkington Park Master Plan is estimated at $12 million and will help rejuvenate a key commercial node along a critical transportation corridor. The strategy focuses on an initial catalyst public realm investment in the park simultaneously with City investments in business and infrastructure investments. Planned amenities include: a dog park, bocce ball, playground, basketball and tennis courts, splash plaza, café with restrooms, walking paths, … Continued