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About Silver Linings Fund


In July 2020, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Silver in the City.  To mark this milestone, we established a philanthropic extension to our retail business. The Silver in the City Silver Linings Fund (at the Central Indiana Community Foundation) was created to participate in addressing racial disparities in housing, healthcare, education, employment and criminal justice within Central Indiana communities.

Starting in January 2021, 1% of all sales will go into our Silver Linings Fund which will provide grants in the amounts of $500-$1,500 to grassroots organizations in Central Indiana.

About Silver in the City’s Silver Linings Fund Grantmaking  

Silver in the City’s Silver Linings Fund seeks to invest in grassroots organizations that assist in empowering people affected by systemic racism and in closing the racial equity gap. Eligible organizations serve a population that is a majority Black, Latinx or immigrant in Central Indiana (Marion County and the seven surrounding counties).  

Silver in the City’s Silver Linings Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), shares CICF’s mission to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter place, race or identity.   

Our first round of grants closed on June 30th, 2021. Eight grants were awarded, totaling $9,500. Click here for more information about each recipient and their work.

Our 2nd Round of Grantmaking is now open!


Types and Size of Grant Awards 

Silver in the City’s Silver Linings Fund accepts applications for operating and program support. As a small business, we are looking for small, grassroots organizations in Central Indiana working to address racial disparities in healthcare, education, housing, food and employment.  Grants range from $500 to $1,500. 

Who We Fund

What We Fund 

While we are open to all requests for funding, we are particularly interested in (in no priority order):

What We Don’t Fund 


We want to thank everyone who has made donations through sticker sales and checkout donations in 2020 - this provided a $5,000 Covid relief grant to a minority-owned business as well as a $7500 donation to the CICF African American Legacy Fund.


Silver in the City's history of philanthropic endeavors includes raising over $100,000 for reproductive rights through two 100% donation days, on January 21, 2017 and May 21, 2019; collecting over $7,000 in checkout donations for the Movement for Black Lives June-July 2020; donating a portion of annual Pride Flag Sales to Indiana Youth Group since 2016; and donating 10% of Midnight Shopper Sales to Second Helpings since 2012.



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