Category: Safe Indy East

U.S. Small Business Administration Continues Support of BOI’s REDi Program with PRIME Grant

Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) received $200,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Program for Investment in Micro-entrepreneurs (PRIME), supporting their Re-Entry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi). PRIME grants support economic development by providing technical assistance to organizations that encourage training and education to build, expand, and sustain small businesses with special emphasis placed on organizations that assist

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Healthy Harvest on 10th Offers Second Chance Farmers Program in Eastside

Over the past several years grocery stores have exited the Near Eastside for a variety of reasons, but in late 2019, Healthy Harvest Market came into the community with a goal in mind to open a grocery store that provides high-quality food at affordable prices. After operating for several months, the market realized they could

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Join a Community Action Team Today!

So what does a Community Action Team (CAT) do? Residents in the Eastside neighborhood can become CAT members. Each CAT are limited to 15 residents per year, and neighbors can only serve one CAT per year. CAT members meet bi-monthly (every two months). CATs and a representative of a lead agency work collaboratively in identifying

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Wheeler Mission and RecycleForce to Use New Market Tax Credits for Expansion on Near Eastside

On May 23rd, 2019, the US Treasury Department announced $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) awards to spur economic development in urban and rural communities across the nation. In total, 73 Community Development Entities (CDEs) were awarded allocations, including Indianapolis Redevelopment CDE, LLC. Indianapolis Redevelopment CDE, which represents the City of Indianapolis despite

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RecycleForce Set to Use Federal Funds for Reentry Job Training

On July 17, 2019, the US Department of Labor (DOL) announced nearly $86 million in grant awards through its Reentry Projects program, including a $1.5 million award to Indianapolis-based RecycleForce. RecycleForce is a social enterprise located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis that focuses on the environmentally-sustainable disposal and destruction of electronics. Though electronic recycling

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A New Life for Sherman Park

For most of the past century, the 50-acre parcel on the northwest corner of Michigan Street and Sherman Drive on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis was a bustling economic hub. Having hosted General Electric (GE), the RCA Corporation (formerly the Radio Corporation of America), and Thomson Consumer Electronics in succession, the tract was a worksite

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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

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Project Lia Workforce Re-entry Program Transforms Materials and Lives

Project Lia offers a vision of economic inclusivity on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside by equipping marginalized members of the workforce with the financial literacy, communication, business ethics, and personal care skills that are essential to successful entrepreneurialism and employability. It follows that Project Lia contributes to the fulfillment of the Promise Zone’s Work IndyEast objectives as

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Business Ownership Initiative Wins Second Year of Funding for REDi Program

Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) received a Program for Investment in Micro-entrepreneurs (PRIME) grant from the Small Business Administration for the second year in a row to continue the development of its Reentry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi). REDi, which leveraged the IndyEast Promise Zone for funding, is a program designed for folks with a criminal history,

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