The grants are designed to financially support local initiatives that further economic development, ensure environmental integrity and promote social and cultural vibrancy with monetary funds of up to $10,000.
The grant program was created in partnership with the McKinney Family Green Initiatives Fund and is supported in part by funds raised during the Office of Sustainability's annual Sustainability Awards Event.
"The City is thrilled to take the public-private partnership model that has been so successful in Indy and use it in a way that supports sustainability at the grassroots level," said Melody Park, Director of the City's Office of Sustainability. "We're grateful to have the support of the McKinney Family and look forward to working with them to recognize and reward individuals and organizations working to make Indy more sustainable."
Grant proposals should address sustainability principles that enhance quality of life, protect the natural environment, and strengthen the local economy. They should also include the STAR Community Rating System and any potential public-private partnerships.
"Sustainability is an evolving concept, and one in which Indy is moving to the forefront," Kevin McKinney of the McKinney Family Foundation said. "We're excited to be able to work with the City on this grant program to support innovation around new tools, behavior change, designing programs and integrating programs."
Grant applications for this first round are due by July 30. The City's Office of Sustainability and the McKinney Family Foundation will review all proposals. Grants will be awarded 4 weeks after the proposal submission deadline.