Silver Linings is a Fund created to help provide an equitable opportunity for BIPOC communities through investments in CICFs equity partners fund and providing grants to grassroots organizations.
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.
Since January 2021, 1% of all sales are donated to our Silver Linings Fund which provides grants in the amounts of $500-$2,500 to grassroots organizations in Central Indiana working to address issues of racial disparity within their communities, as well as providing social impact investments in businesses and enterprises led by people of color through CICF's IMPACT fund.
Learn more about previous Silver Linings Fund recipients here.
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.
Applications for Silver Linings Grants are always open, with 2 rounds of determinations made annually in June (for submissions received by May 31) and November (for submissions received by October 31). Any applications received following a cutoff date will be carried over into the next round.
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 $2,500.
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
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.