We’re invested in the success of our neighbors and have created the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund to award grants in support of projects and programs that are important to the neighboring communities. We are thankful for the many partners who have supported 16 Tech and have worked with us to develop the fund guidelines and priorities.
The 16 Tech Community Investment Fund is one of the primary initiatives that will deliver on 16 Tech’s commitment to ensure access, opportunity and revitalization of the communities near the 16 Tech Innovation District.
16 Tech Community Investment Fund Grant Guidelines
16 Tech will only consider proposals focused on making an impact within the geographic boundaries outlined in the adjacent map.
This includes, but is not limited to, the following neighborhood areas and streets:
Near Northwest: Riverside, Rivers Edge, Planners, NW Civic League, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Kessler-Wides (KW30), Golden Hill, Cold Springs, Clifton on the River
Near West: Haughville, Hawthorne, Stringtown, We Care
Fayette Street, Indiana Avenue, MLK Jr. Street, Historic Flanner House Homes, and Ransom Place
All applicants must demonstrate resident and neighborhood support for the proposed project or funding request.
Apply for the Community Investment Fund
Grants will be awarded from two funding pools annually. All grants will be reviewed by an advisory committee and approved by the 16 Tech Community Corporation Board of Directors.
Deadline: September 13 at noon
Requests up to $25,000 from neighborhood organizations with annual operating budgets less than $1 million.
Deadline: October 1 at 5 p.m.
Requests up to $100,000.
This funding pool supports projects up to $25,000 that align with the fund priorities.
Who can apply:
- Registered 501(c)(3) organizations with annual budgets less than $1 million; or
- Individuals who have partnered with a non-profit fiscal agent.
This funding pool supports projects up to $100,000 that align with the fund priorities. Multi-year requests will be considered.
Who can apply:
- Registered 501(c)(3) organizations; or
- Organizations and/or individuals who have partnered with a non-profit fiscal agent.
Grant Information Sessions
Wednesday, July 28 | Friday, August 6 | Friday, August 13 | Tuesday, August 17
16 Tech Community Corporation is hosting multiple general information sessions for applicants to better understand the 16 Tech application guidelines, criteria and selection process.
Capacity Building Workshops
Various dates this fall
16 Tech Community Corporation is hosting a series of capacity building workshops led by Falicia Brewer, President and Senior Consultant, with Brewer & Associates.
Grant awards will be made in support of projects that align with the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund priorities.
Priorities include workforce training, business support, education, infrastructure and beautification, and neighborhood capacity building.
- Create meaningful workforce development opportunities for adults that lead to career pathways earning at least a living wage.
- Support the growth and sustainability of local businesses and entrepreneurs.
- Expand educational opportunities for children in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
Infrastructure and beautification
- Connect people and places to enhance community-building by investing in art, housing, nature and beautification of the built environment.
Neighborhood capacity building
- Build organizational capacity, grow social capital and an entrepreneurial spirit as well as support community organizing that leads to residents being more empowered.
Each funding request will be evaluated using the stated criteria. Applicants must address each criterion in their funding application.
Grantees are required to submit reports summarizing their activity and impact within 60 days of the end date of their grant term.
- Alignment with fund priorities and neighborhood plans or priorities
- Clear tracking and/or evaluation metrics
- Financial feasibility of project
- Operational feasibility of project
- Resident engagement and/or endorsement of project
- Innovation and creativity of project
- Leadership team with track record of success
What will not be supported
- Requests for projects in geographic areas beyond the identified 16 Tech communities served
- Projects that do not have resident endorsement
- Direct gifts to individuals. Projects initiated by individual community members must have a fiscal agent in place for management of grant funds and reporting requirements
- Requests for ongoing maintenance of city-owned or personal property
Community Investment Fund Background
The 16 Tech Community Investment Fund was established during the creation of the 16 Tech Community Corporation as the nonprofit manager of the 16 Tech Innovation District. The 16 Tech Community Investment Fund is the organization’s primary initiative to deliver on its commitment to ensure access, opportunity and revitalization of neighborhoods near the 16 Tech Innovation District.
To ensure alignment with neighborhood priorities, the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund is guided by an advisory committee made up of neighborhood leaders, residents and supporting organizations. The inaugural committee was appointed after a 6-month process in 2018 that included nominations from neighborhood representatives, elected officials and other community stakeholders.
In 2018, 16 Tech Community Corporation also partnered with the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) to help develop the grantmaking process and guidelines. As Indianapolis’ community foundation, CICF’s mission to “mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity,” aligns closely with the mission and objectives of 16 Tech.
16 Tech Community Corporation, CICF and the volunteer advisory committee met over 12 months to develop the fund guidelines and grantmaking process, which were endorsed by neighborhood leaders and approved by the 16 Tech Board of Directors and the City of Indianapolis.
Going forward the advisory committee will be responsible for reviewing grant proposals and making funding recommendations to the 16 Tech Board of Directors.
Funding Sources: The 16 Tech Community Investment Fund is seeded with $3 million in funding from the City of Indianapolis and will be sustained through a $0.20-per-square-foot assessment on space occupied by 16 Tech tenants.
The City-approved grant guidelines are available here.
Community Investment Fund Advisory Committee
Advisory committee members include residents, talent development, community development and educational representatives who have been active in creating programs and initiatives that support the Near West, Near Northwest and surrounding communities. Members serve 2-year terms and are appointed by the 16 Tech Community Corporation Board of Directors, which has fiduciary responsibility for the fund.
Alejandra Lagunas, Near West
Danielle Noble, Haughville STRONG Neighborhood Association
Keith (WildStyle) Paschall, United Northwest Area
Aaron Laramore, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Rev. Richard Bray, IUPUI Office of Community Engagement
Mariama Shaheed, Global Preparatory Academy @ Riverside #44
Yecenia Tostado, Project Azul Foundation
16 Tech Community Corporation and City of Indianapolis Appointees
Bob Coy, 16 Tech Community Corporation
Mackenzie Higgins, City of Indianapolis