Community Assistance Grants

Community Assistance Grants (CAGs) provide nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status support to meet community needs within the current JLI focus area (preparing students for academic success). Unlike our Community Project partners, CAG recipients do not receive volunteer support from the JLI. Since 2000, more than $1,200,000 has been awarded to local organizations.

Community Assistance Grants Information

Starting with the 2017 – 2018 cycle, the first step in the application process is to submit a Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent form will provide the option of requesting funding up to $25,000 or $5,000 for a program or project. The Grant Chair and Grant Chair Elect will review the Letters of Intent and applicants selected to submit a full application will be notified. The Grants Committee will then select five (5) organizations who applied for funding up to $25,000 with the highest overall score to present their proposal at the December General Membership Meeting. The JLI general membership will then select one organization to receive $25,000. The other four (4) organizations will then receive a grant of $10,000. Applicants interested in receiving up to $5,000 will not be required to present at the December General Membership meeting. Those organizations will be selected by the Grants Committee and will receive additional information about the presentation. Check back in August for information on the 2018-2019 Community Assistance Grant application.

2017 – 2018 Key Dates

Mid-Year Report Due - May 1, 2018 by 5pm

Final Report Due - October 1, 2018 by 5pm


  • Funded initiatives must fall within the JLI’s current focus area to prepare students for academic success by,
    1. providing families with knowledge and resources to guide their children toward academic success 


    1. those that equip students, families and education providers with age-appropriate educational materials.
  • CAG applicants must be located in and serve a constituency in Marion or a surrounding county: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan or Hendricks.
  • Financially sound nonprofit organization classified as 501c(3) organizations

Past Community Assistance Grant Recipients


Westminster Neighborhood Services - $25,000

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site - $10,000

Child Advocates - $10,000

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful - $10,000

United Way of Central Indiana - $10,000

Assistance League of Indianapolis - $5,000

Indiana Historical Society - $5,000

Indianapolis Children’s Choir - $5,000

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation - $5,000

John Boner Neighborhood Services - $5,000

Maplewood Elementary School - $5,000

Teachers’ Treasures - $5,000

2016 – 2017

The Villages - $25,000

Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. - $10,000

Goodwill Industries Foundation of Central Indiana, Inc. - $10,000

St. Mary’s Child Center - $10,000

Westminster Neighborhood Services - $10,000

Assistance League of Indianapolis - $5,000

Children’s Dyslexia Institute of Indiana - $5,000

Girls, Inc of Greater Indianapolis - $5,000

Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation - $5,000

The Indianapolis Public Library - $5,000

Teachers’ Treasures - $5,000

United Way of Johnson County - $5,000

2015 – 2016

Horizons at St. Richards Episcopal School - $25,000

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra - $10,000

Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Indiana - $10,000

Indianapolis Public Library Foundation - $10,000

Starfish Initiative - $10,000

Assistance League of Indianapolis - $5,000

Arts for Learning - $5,000

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site - $5,000

Girls, Inc of Greater Indianapolis - $5,000

John H. Boner Community Center - $5,000

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. - $5,000

Teachers’ Treasures - $5,000