The City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability awarded a $10,000 SustainIndy Community Grant to the Kheprw Institute, based in the Crown Hill neighborhood. The grant program supports community projects that promote social and cultural vibrancy, ensure environmental integrity, and further economic development throughout Indianapolis.
“The 2017 SustainIndy Community Grants recipients are evidence of the innovative spirit, collaborative culture, and dedication to the betterment of our community that makes Indianapolis special,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a prepared statement.
The SustainIndy Community Grants program was created in 2014, the result of a public-private partnership between the Office of Sustainability and the McKinney Family Foundation. The grants of up to $10,000 are designed to allow residents the opportunity to create change in the community regardless of financial circumstance.
This funding award will enable the non-profit Kheprw Institute, 3549 Boulevard Place, to launch an eSTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Club, designed to encourage young women of color to engage in STEM fields. The afterschool program will be open to 20 inner-city girls ages 10-14, exposing them to such hands-on activities as coding, videography and 3D printing.