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Indianapolis Creative Placemaking Program Neighborhood Application

Through the support of the Lilly Endowment’s Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation grant, INRC will provide an opportunity for 30 Indianapolis neighborhoods (10 per year) to receive additional training, one-on-one coaching, project consultation, and monetary support to implement a neighborhood-developed and neighborhood-implemented creative placemaking project.

Each neighborhood must commit to a three-year partnership with INRC and the Harrison Center. Once accepted to the program, neighborhoods will receive technical assistance from INRC and the Harrison Center to support their initial planning and develop a neighborhood engagement plan. The neighborhoods will engage new neighbors during Year One, with a specific plan to address the diversity of the community and gather ideas on how they can enhance their community through a creative placemaking project.

During Year Two, the ten neighborhoods will, through an inclusive capacity-building process with neighbors, determine their creative placemaking project. This will include developing a budget and continued technical assistance (TA) support from INRC and The Harrison Center.

In Year Three, the selected neighborhoods will implement the creative placemaking project with continued TA support from INRC and the Harrison Center. Funding for each project will be supported by a $5,000 grant.

The collaboration between INRC and the Harrison Center will serve to connect residents to each other and their community as they work on meaningful projects to achieve a common goal, while working collaboratively to address community challenges, using arts and culture strategies to bridge neighbors and neighborhoods.

For each of the three years, each neighborhood will complete a comprehensive engagement survey: one before the project begins, one during implementation, and one at the end of their project. INRC will work with each neighborhood to develop success measures specific to their placemaking project, including items like, but not limited to: increase in engagement; social connections; neighborhood identity; diversity; partnerships; and leveraged investment. INRC will provide technical assistance, including training, support, and capacity-building for neighborhood-based organizations and grassroots leaders as they develop and implement their plan.

A goal of INRC and the Harrison Center is that neighborhoods accepted into this program will establish a sense of place, increase resident engagement, strengthen pride and ownership of their neighborhood, empower advocates and change agents, and participate in a broad array of meaningful, powerful, enjoyable opportunities to engage with other neighborhoods and the city.

1. Eligibility Requirements 

  • Any neighborhood association within Indianapolis that has completed the Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI).  

Those are:

-        Brendon Park Civic Association

-        Crooked Creek Indy

-        Community Heights Neighborhood Association

-        Crown Hill Neighborhood Association

-        Far Eastside Community Council

-        500 View Neighborhood Association

-        Hawthorne Neighborhood Association

-        Kennedy-King Neighborhood Association

-        Little Flower Neighborhood Association

-        Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association

-        Norwood Neighborhood Association

-        Old Southside Neighborhood Association

-        Otterbein Neighborhood Association

  • Individual neighborhood associations that completed ICBI as a member of an umbrella organization or group. For 2020, only 2 organizations may apply from each of these umbrella associations.  

The ICBI umbrella associations are:

-        KIP+

-        SoIndy Quality of Life

-        South West Association of Neighbors (SWAN)

-        West Indy    

  • A collaboration of one or more neighborhood associations, as long as one of the neighborhood associations completed ICBI.

  • The applicant must be committed to a three-year time frame.

  • Any neighborhood association that includes an individual ICBI graduate as a team member. An individual ICBI graduate is one that completed the program prior to 2015.

  • Neighborhood associations that have completed their ICBI project will be given slight priority.

2. Attendance Requirements 

  • There are portions of this program where attendance shall be mandatory, in order for the organization to receive grant funds. Mandatory attendance has two parameters:

-        At least two members of each team shall be present for the entire time of each required class/workshop.

-        Each team’s combined attendance at required classes/work sessions shall total 68 hours.

For more information on the program please contact Ariana Beedie at or call 317.920.0330 ext. 309.

General Information

Primary Contact Information

First Name
Last Name

Address Line 1
Address Line 2
ZIP/Postal Code

Application Narrative

Describe how residents in your neighborhood are currently engaged. Discuss the diversity of your neighborhood and tools your organization has used to improve engagement and diversity in the past.

In the description, discuss how your neighborhood reached consensus on the project, the project's goals, and measurements of success. (If your neighborhood didn't complete a project, move to question 3d.)

Outline why you believe your neighborhood will be able to complete a Creative Placemaking Project.

(i.e., other neighborhoods, not-for-profits, businesses, anchor institutions, etc.)