THIS JUST IN: Matching grant program targets infrastructure projects

Not-for-profit and community-based organizations have until Jan. 29 to submit their project proposals as part of the Indy Neighborhood Infrastructure Partnership Program, a matching grant program transportation infrastructure projects that include sidewalks, street resurfacing, multi-use paths and bridges.

The coming year will be the fourth for the program, offered by Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Indianapolis Department of Public Works. The Oct. 19 announcement was highlighted by the newly completed multi-modal path in and around Newfields, one of 16 projects funded by the Indy Neighborhood Infrastructure Partnership in 2018. The multi-modal path improves connectivity on the east side of the Newfields campus before connecting with the Central Canal Towpath at 38th Street. This project also included a new crosswalk at 40th Street and Michigan Road as well enhancements to two existing crosswalks.
“Because of the Indy Neighborhood Infrastructure Partnership, the creative ideas of our neighborhood organizations are being harnessed to address localized issues, improve neighborhood infrastructure, and create better communities,” Hogsett said.
Indy DPW has awarded more than $8 million in the last three years to help fund 33 projects in neighborhoods across Marion County. DPW estimates that the INIP projects of 2018, 2019, and 2020 together represent:

  • More than 20 lane miles of street rehabilitation.
  • More than 3.5 linear miles of new multi-use trail.
  • 1.75 linear miles of new or rehabilitated sidewalk.
  • Three bridge rehabilitation projects and a new pedestrian bridge.

Applications can be found at

The funds for this program were included in the 2021 budget, passed unanimously by the City-County Council last week. The budget also fully funds existing staffing levels and invests more than $158 million in roads, resurfacing, bridges, sidewalks, and trails and $44 million for stormwater projects. 
In December 2017, Hogsett announced that DPW would accept proposals from community-based organizations for infrastructure projects under a matching fund pilot program. Funds are available for new projects, including roads, sidewalks, multi-use paths, and bridges.
 Through the Indy Neighborhood Infrastructure Partnership, transportation dollars can be stretched further while increasing connectivity and accessibility throughout the City.