INDIANAPOLIS (May 27, 2020) – The Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation (IPTF) announced the Mobility Access Fund pilot’s award recipients. The Mobility Access Fund provides funding to support the more than $2 Million in free or discounted rides IndyGo offers each year to Veterans, students, seniors, and people with disabilities. In partnership with IndyGo with investments from OneAmerica, The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, and an anonymous donor; IPTF launched a new component to the Mobility Access Fund, offering bus passes to nonprofit organizations serving people in Marion County.
More than $35,000 in bus passes were granted to 12 organizations in the pilot phase. The following organizations were awarded grants:
- Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation
- Coalition for Homeless Intervention & Prevention
- Dress for Success Indianapolis
- Easterseals Crossroads
- Hawthorne Community Center
- Horizon House
- Indy Black Chamber
- Indy Hunger Network, Inc.
- Ivy Tech Foundation
- Marian University
- Shepherd Community, Inc.
- Wheeler Mission
“Dress for Success Indianapolis clients have long identified transportation as a significant barrier to gaining and keeping stable employment,” said Candice Brisson, Director of Programs. “Stable employment is key to building a career that pays a living wage, promoting household and community viability. Being able to provide our clients with bus passes allows them to better use the confidence and tools provided by our organization.”
More than 100 applications were received for the pilot with requests totaling $1.5M. “We’re incredibly thrilled with the amount of interested applicants we received for the Mobility Access Fund and understand bus passes are a critical lifeline for so many individuals in need,” said Rick Wilson, Chair of the Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation. “As it grows, this fund will decrease the barriers to reliable transportation can be for so many people in our city.”
The Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation is working to create a sustainable framework for the Mobility Access Fund for future award cycles. To make a contribution in support of mobility solutions, visit www.IndyGo.net/Foundation.
About Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation
The Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation is dedicated to supporting accessible and inclusive public mobility solutions throughout Marion County and the surrounding area. Through philanthropic efforts such as public-private partnerships, fundraising, and grant-writing, the Foundation seeks to invest in programs and opportunities that create public transportation and transit options for all people throughout the region. To learn more, visit our website at https://www.indygo.net/foundation/.
Emily Lovison, Executive Director
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