United Way Awarded $3.1 Million to Partner Agencies in 2016 for Capital Projects

Investment provided 51 grants and supported seven nonprofits with major capital needs

Indianapolis –  In 2016, United Way of Central Indiana awarded more than $2.3 million to help seven local agencies in need of major facility updates and improvements and an additional $818,000 to agencies in need of facility maintenance assistance. These grants are outside of the general agency allocations, which support programs and operations.

Money in the Capital Projects and Facility Maintenance Funds at United Way support the upkeep, construction and renovation needs for human service organization in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties. The following agencies were awarded Capital Projects Fund grants in 2016:

Sycamore Rehabilitation Services (photo) was awarded a grant for the acquisition and renovation of an existing facility near its current facility to meet the growing demand for services in Hendricks County. The new space will allow Sycamore Rehabilitation Services to provide day, recreational therapy and community programming for adults with developmental disabilities.

Marion County Commission on Youth – MCCOY was awarded a grant for the relocation of its current office at the United Way building to a leased location on West 16th Street. The new space will accommodate its administrative office needs as well as convening and training activities. MCCOY is a youth services intermediary that provides youth with support, opportunities, services and relationships to foster positive growth.

AYS, Inc. was awarded a grant for the relocation of its current office to a new leased location on N. Keystone Avenue. The new space will address the organization’s needs for better security, larger training space and a more open work environment for. AYS has been “At Your School” since 1980 providing before and after-school and full-day school break programs for students.
Early Learning Indiana (ELI) was awarded a grant to relocate offices to a larger leased location to accommodate the organization’s growth. During the last three years, ELI has doubled in size and outgrown its offices and training facilities. The new space is more centrally located and will allow support staff to be together in one office. ELI provides high-quality child care and preschool in 11 licensed and accredited centers.

John Boner Neighborhood Centers was awarded a grant to add a second level to its existing Community Center facility, renovate current space and acquire an adjacent residential property. This expansion and renovation will allow The Boner Center to implement a career opportunity center for adults who are interested in developing skills required for today’s job market. Additionally, these improvements will provide more space to accommodate guests.

The Villages of Indiana Inc. was awarded a grant for a project to assist with costs to renovate the agency’s building located on North Meridian to accommodate the relocation of Connect2Help211 to its building. The Villages provides an extensive array of services to Central Indiana’s most vulnerable children, youth and families.

Connect2Help211 was awarded a grant to assist with the costs to relocate from the United Way building to The Villages building. Connect2Help211’s mission is to facilitate connections between people who need human services and those who provide them. The collaboration of The Villages and Connect2Help211 will positively impact the mission of both organizations.

About the Capital Projects Fund
Since its creation in December 2000, the Capital Projects Fund has enabled United Way to invest in 146 projects for 73 agencies. For every $1 United Way invested in such projects, the funds helped generate another $2 in broader community support for a total impact of more than $350 million in renovations, new construction and purchases.

The program has also equipped many agencies with the information needed to make better business decisions. For example, the fund helps United Way partners pay for technical assistance to assess the feasibility of projects before starting them.

United Way has also used earnings of the Capital Projects Fund grants to finance technology improvements totaling $7 million and help meet rising heating and transportation costs amounting to $750,000.


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