Summer Youth Program Fund

Through its Summer Youth Program Fund, Lilly Endowment collaborated with 10 funders in Marion County (Indianapolis) which in the aggregate in 2016 awarded nearly $2.6 million to more than 200 programs in 170 agencies that serve thousands of youth in the county.  It greatly appreciates the insights, dedication and collaborative spirit of its funding partners.

Lilly Endowment contributed more than $1.7 million toward these programs in 2016.

The grants focus on providing safe and positive experiences for children and teens ages 4 to 19 years old at little or no cost. Grants are given to programs in overnight and daily care, enhancement and youth employment. Grant recipients represent organizations ranging from churches and area community centers to theaters and parks, offering sports, overnight camping, arts, community service and tutoring.

Additionally, the Endowment provided more than $750,000 to 37 agencies for modest capital projects.  Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana received $114,572 to provide weekend food for up to 3,500 children in more than 35 summer programs.  The Marion County Commission on Youth received funding to provide youth and adult staff training, evaluation and end-of-summer educational awards.

The program director for this grant program is Barbara S. DeHart, 317-916-7345.

For more information, visit the Summer Youth Program Fund website: or call the Marion County Commission on Youth at 317/921-1288 (