Façade Grants Enhance Appeal of Near Eastside Commercial Spaces

Pictured above: Ruckus Makerspace, a property of Riley Area Development Corporation, which benefited from painting, landscaping, and window replacement funded in part by one of LISC’s facade grants (Source: North Mass Indy)   Many storefronts in the IndyEast Promise Zone have been around for several decades, longer than even their most resilient tenants. Peeling paint, burned-out lights, cracked windows, dead […]

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Hoy Polloy Brings Accessible, Community-Curated Art to St. Clair Place

The Near Eastside of Indianapolis is home to artists of all disciplines and experience levels, but nonetheless has a dearth of permanent spaces specifically dedicated to community-oriented artistry and art exhibition. Hoy Polloy, an artist-run gallery, performance venue, and event space at 2121 East 10th Street, was established by Near Eastside community members in the summer of 2018 to fill […]

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Nelbud Brings Working-Class Jobs to Englewood

At a time when blue-collar jobs are becoming increasingly scarce, growing bastions of industrial employment with expanding career opportunities are anomalies. Nelbud Services Group, the most eminent provider of kitchen exhaust hood cleaning, fire protection, and grease-trapping services from the Midwest to the East Coast, stands out as a thriving company that is steadily creating well-paying jobs for people without […]

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Lilly Endowment, Inc. Awards $4.3M to 10 East Arts + Design District

On December 5, 2018, a spokesperson from the Lilly Endowment announced the recipients of its Strengthening Indianapolis through Arts and Culture Initiative grants at the John Boner Neighborhood Centers. Of 226 vying entities, a collective comprised of the John Boner Neighborhood Centers and eight partner organizations became one of 18 awardees whose visionary approaches to arts-based community development showed the […]

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Past and Present AmeriCorps VISTAs Reflect on Their Terms of Service in the IndyEast Promise Zone

Since the summer of 2016, the IndyEast Promise Zone (IEPZ) has been supported by the capacity-building efforts of AmeriCorps VISTAs. Below are reflections from members of the three cohorts of VISTAs who have served the IEPZ so far. 2018-2019 Cohort Kira Zagorc | Economic Development Planner “As the Promise Zone’s Economic Development Planner VISTA, I build capacity for local business owners […]

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U.S. Economic Development Administration Grants Support New Developments in Promise Zone

Since 2015, the City of Indianapolis and its partners have leveraged the IndyEast Promise Zone designation to secure funding and technical assistance from 12 federal agencies, namely the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which supports innovation and entrepreneurship in communities nationwide under the U.S. Department of Commerce. Engagement between Promise Zone stakeholders and the EDA began through a coordinated effort between […]

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IHCDA Receives Housing Counseling Grant from HUD

Executive Director of the Near Eastside Innovation School Corporation and Principal of Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School Ross Pippin, HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph Galvan, and IHCDA Executive Director Jacob Sipe are pictured above from left to right.   The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority leveraged the IndyEast Promise Zone designation to secure a $130,079 grant through the U.S. Department of Housing […]

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John Boner Neighborhood Center receives nearly $1M for research, planning, and implementation of crime prevention strategies

U.S. Attorney Joshua Minkler addressed a crowd of neighbors and city officials at Sherman Park to congratulate the JBNC and outline his hopes for the CBCR Grant’s impact on public safety.  At the beginning of October, the John Boner Neighborhood Center was awarded the Community-Based Crime Reduction Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, $143,000 of which will be used to fund […]

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Peer Exchange Network Convenes Leaders from Across the U.S. on Indy’s Near Eastside

In mid-September, 40 key stakeholders from Promise Zones and P3 (Performance Partnership Pilot) communities across the nation gathered at the John Boner Neighborhood Centers in Indianapolis to reflect on the IndyEast Promise Zone’s community-based collaboration and education strategies. Facilitated by the U.S. Department of Education and Jobs for the Future, the convening provided an opportunity for learning and networking between […]

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