FHCCI Grants Program
September 16, 2013 – The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) announces the availability of grants for non-profit agencies, unincorporated neighborhood groups, and homeowners. Funding will be awarded for projects and programs that invest in Indianapolis neighborhoods of color; foster homeownership; and promote diverse, inclusive communities.
The FHCCI will provide three main funding sources:
- Non-profits may apply for grants up to $75,000. Download a non-profit application here. FUNDING CLOSED.
- Unincorporated neighborhood groups may apply for grants up to $5,000. Download a groups application here. FUNDING CLOSED.
- Homeowners with disabilities or signs of aging may apply for accessibility home modifications to allow them to age in place. Grants are estimated at up to $10,000 per home. Download a homeowner application here.
Those interested in submitting applications should review the application requirements, due dates, and funding eligibility which vary by grant component (see the applications above).
Areas of Eligibility: You may use one of the options below to determine eligible areas for funding consideration of the home or grant project:
- Google Interactive Census Tract Map Use this google map to zoom in and out of your targeted area. If you click on a particular census tract, you will get demographic information including the “% Minority Population.” Those census tracts highlighted are those identified as 60% or more minority according to the most recent Census.
- Marion County Census Tract PDF Map This PDF shows as highlighted areas the census tracts that are 60% or more minority according to the most recent Census. If unable to read streets, use the Google map above.
- Marion County Address Locator Instructions
The focus of these grants is reinvestment in Indianapolis neighborhoods of color. The FHCCI is seeking proposals that will counteract the devastating effects of the foreclosure crisis and lenders’ alleged discrimination in the maintenance and marketing of foreclosed properties. Accordingly, funds under this grant program must be used for programs and/or services that promote homeownership, neighborhood stabilization, property rehabilitation, and development in communities/neighborhoods of color.
Grant Program Funding Source: Over the past 18 months, the FHCCI has conducted an extensive investigation of the maintenance and marketing of real estate-owned (REO/foreclosed) properties in Indianapolis. Through this work, the FHCCI joined with several other fair housing organizations in three nationwide fair housing cases, which alleged that lenders cared for REO homes in predominantly white neighborhoods differently than those in neighborhoods of color. One of those cases, filed against Wells Fargo, reached a settlement in June 2013 in which the FHCCI was a party. This settlement included grant funding administered by the FHCCI for neighborhoods of color impacted by foreclosure. You may read about the case and its settlement on our News page.