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2022 Indianapolis Creative Placemaking Program 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 community-based organizations to receive additional training, one-on-one coaching, program consultation, and monetary support to implement a community-developed and community-implemented project. During the first year of the program, we started with five community-based organizations from across the city.

Each group will enter into a three-year program with 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 collectively to address community challenges, using arts and culture strategies to bridge community members and community-led organizations. 

For each of the three years, each community-led organization 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 group to develop success measures specific to their placemaking project, including items like, but not limited to: an 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 plans.

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

  1. Eligibility Requirements

    1. Any community-led organization that has completed ICBI or similar training program, or any neighborhood artist with experience in community projects.

    2. Any community-led organization that is interested in completing a Placemaking project.

    3. Individual community-led organizations that completed ICBI as a member of an umbrella organization or group.

    4. Any person that completed ICBI as an individual. 

  2. Attendance Requirement

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

  3. Deliverables

    1. Completed application.

    2. List of (at least three) residents/artists/property owners who have been identified by the community-led organization and who have agreed to attend the courses.

  4. How to Apply

    1. Completed applications are due by Friday, February 4th, 2022, via INRC’s online application at

  5. Measurements of success

    1. During the three-year program, accepted organizations will work with INRC to develop success measures.

  6. Review

    1. Applications will be reviewed by the Community Building & Training Committee of INRC’s Board of Directors.

    2. By Friday, February, 18th, 2022, INRC staff will notify all applicants.

For more information on the program, please contact Ariana Beedie at


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