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Big Car Gallery Receives $50,000 Grant

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By Jim Walker
Big Car Gallery
http://www.bigcar.org/

The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), has announced a $50,000 grant to the arts, creativity and livability organization Big Car. In total, 37 local organizations received grants from The Glick Fund totaling more than $2.5 million. This is the first time for Big Car to receive a grant from The Glick Fund.

“We’re excited to be working with The Glick Fund to further our efforts to boost livability in Indianapolis by bringing art to people and people to art,” said Big Car executive director Jim Walker. “And we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to
expand our reach to new areas as we strive to help make Indianapolis a more creative
and connected city.”

Half of the grant dollars are linked to Big Car completing a project in the Far Eastside area located within the 46235 zip code. This project will, most likely, focus on art, creativity and creative place making. The Glick Fund grant will provide a one-to-one match of up to $25,000, helping give Big Car up to $50,000 to work with in the area. This comes in addition to $25,000 in general operating funding from The Glick Fund.

“We hope our grants will help address the immediate needs of the community while also building the long-term capacity of the organizations delivering services,” said Marianne Glick, director at the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation and The
Glick Fund.

The Fund’s advisors are currently focusing their efforts on making immediate and long-term measurable impacts in four areas of community need: 1) the arts and creative expression; 2) education; 3) human needs and the alleviation of suffering; and 4) self-sufficiency and job skills.

The Glick Fund advisors also continue to focus on organizations, programs and opportunities that are supportive of CICF’s Community Leadership Initiatives: College Readiness and Success, Inspiring Places and Family Success.

“Our vision is to make central Indiana a ‘top 10’ community of choice by improving our educational attainment, increasing our self-sufficiency and ensuring everyone has access to art, beauty and nature everyday,” said Brian Payne, President and CEO, CICF. “Because we share the same goals with The Glick Fund advisors, we are able to
identify and match the Fund’s community impact goals with targeted organizational
and programmatic funding. By working in this type of partnership, we’re able to
expand both the Fund’s ability to transform the community as well as our own.”

About Big Car

An Indianapolis-based 501c3 nonprofit, Big Car uses creativity as a catalyst to a
better city. By providing and supporting unique, educational, participatory, playful
and personal experiences, Big Car engages people of all ages and backgrounds in art
making and creative problem-solving — inspiring them to be creative thinkers and
involved, connected citizens. Big Car is the organization behind the projects
Service Center for Culture and Community, Made for Each Other and The Department of Yes. Learn more at http://bigcar.org/.

About The Glick Fund

The Glick Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
It was established by Eugene and Marilyn Glick in 1998 to support a variety of
causes. Grants are awarded by invitation only, with no unsolicited grant
applications accepted.

The Glick Fund also strives to align with CICF’s three broader community leadership
initiatives of: Family Success & Making Connections; Inspiring Places; and College
Readiness & Success – initiatives aimed at making central Indiana one of the best
places in the nation to live, work and raise a family.

To date, The Glick Fund has awarded over $45 million in grants to not-for-profit
organizations. Recent grant recipients include the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the
Glick Center for Glass at Ball State University, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures,
the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Providence Cristo Rey High
School and United Way of Central Indiana, among many other organizations. For more
information, please visit http://cicf.org/.

About Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $585 million public foundation
transforming the lives of central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting
donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving;
awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership
to address community needs and seize opportunities. CICF was established in 1997 as
a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916,
and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991. For more information about
CICF, contact Mike Knight at 317.634.2423 or mikek@cicf.org, or visit http://cicf.org/.