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. More information about each recipient and their work will be posted in our blog in mid-September 2021.
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
- 501(c)(3) organizations serving BIPOC communities
- Organizations that have not yet received their 501(c)(3) status may use an approved fiscal agent
What We Fund
While we are open to all requests for funding, we are particularly interested in (in no priority order):
- Accessible healthcare
- Food access and affordability
- Programs and/or resources for minority entrepreneurs and small business owners
- Supporting programs for housing assistance
- Supporting educational programs for children and adults
- Job skills training to assist in connecting minorities to living wage careers
What We Don’t Fund
- Organizations or projects that discriminate based upon race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation
- Grants to individuals
- Political campaigns or activities intended to influence public officials
- Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion
- Construction projects of schools, churches or other religious institutions
- Special events or fundraising activities
- Medical, scientific or academic research
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.