Indiana Humanities, in partnership with the Central Indiana Community Foundation, will award $80,000 in INcommon grants over the next two years for projects that spur in-depth thinking and conversation around the persistent social, economic, cultural and racial issues that divide our communities. Funding for the grant program is evenly split between CICF and Indiana Humanities.
Indiana-based tax-exempt organizations—including schools, libraries, churches, community organizations and government entities—are invited to apply for individual grants of up to $5,000 each to support projects that creatively use historical and scholarly readings and ideas to spark conversation and learning opportunities.
The grants require a 50 percent match of cash or in-kind contributions. Applications are due by Aug. 31 for this year’s round of grants totaling $40,000. Another $40,000 will be awarded in 2020.
Topics suitable for these grants include but are not limited to: immigration, inclusive development, incarceration, policing, institutional racism (including the legacy impact of segregation in housing) and education. Projects may include reading series, civic reflection discussions, public lectures, film screenings or the creation of exhibits, web projects, walking tours or documentary films.
In 2017, approximately $32,000 in INcommon grants were awarded for projects around the state that explored topics such as the integration of refugees into Hoosier communities and the legal history of slavery and freedom
“Now, more than ever, programming like the kind supported by the INcommon grant is vital to our state,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “Encouraging Hoosiers to think, read and talk about topics that many find difficult only strengthens our communities and provides an opportunity for us all to learn from one another in a thoughtful environment.”
Tamara Winfrey-Harris, vice president of effective philanthropy and community leadership for Central Indiana Community Foundation, agrees.
“We know that race has a profound impact on opportunity, so it is important to support thoughtful and authentic discussions centered around the experiences of people of color,” she said. “CICF is dedicated to making this community a place where all individuals have an opportunity to succeed.”
To see the grant guidelines, click here.