16 Tech Awards Community Investment Grants

Groundwork Indy, a nonprofit that works to revitalize neighborhoods, is among 11 recipients of the third round of Community Investment Fund grants from 16 Tech Community Corp. (photo courtesy of Groundwork Indy)

16 Tech Community Corp., an Indianapolis-based nonprofit, is awarding a total of $300,000 in grants to 11 community development projects. The grants are part of the third round of funding for the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund, which focuses on workforce training, education, and beautification efforts in the Near West, Near Northwest, and the surrounding neighborhoods.

“The recipients of the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund exemplify the incredible work that is happening in neighborhoods close to 16 Tech,” said Bob Coy, president of 16 Tech Community Corp. “We are proud to continue to invest in projects that will directly benefit our neighbours.

Grants were awarded from two funding pools: the Innovation Pool, which funded applications up to $25,000, and the Impact Pool, which funded applications up to $100,000.

The beneficiaries are listed below:

Workforce training:

  • United Believers in Local Development ($20,000): Workforce Training Opportunities for Young Adults in Construction and Ecology
  • The Learning Tree ($16,000): Spolks, a bike mechanic training program

Business support:

  • Source Entrepreneurship Center ($12,000): Revitalizing pockets of the West 16th Street Corridor

Education:

  • Identity Complex LLC ($20,000): Production of a documentary film about Haughville, featuring longtime residents
  • Vision Academy @ Riverside ($15,000): Expanding after-school STEM programming with local partners

Neighborhood capacity building:

  • Indy Convergence ($30,000): Growing internal staff capacity for program management

Infrastructure and beautification:

  • Flanner House of Indianapolis ($55,000): expanding homeownership initiative for Northwest residents through a rehab-resale program
  • Groundwork Indy ($50,000): youth engagement in community projects in the near northwest
  • Rebuild Together Indianapolis ($40,000): Community Spring Rebuild Day 2022 with housing repairs for vulnerable populations
  • Parks Alliance of Indianapolis ($30,000): Completion of Riverside Promenade interactive nodes and public art plan
  • Indianapolis Shakespeare Co. ($12,000): hip-hop production of Shakespeare at the Taggart Memorial Theater

16 Tech says deadlines for the fourth round of funding will be announced in March.

The non-profit organization says it has awarded total funding of $1.3 million to 40 projects since 2020.

Jill E. Washington