In 1999, Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association established an annual grant program now named in memory of Vi Walker, a longtime resident, business owner and staunch supporter of the neighborhood. By 2015, this program has granted $300,000 to other non-profit organizations that share our mission of growing and sustaining Meridian~Kessler.
In order to fund the grants program, the MKNA Board of Directors allocates 25% of the proceeds from our annual Home Tour events. In 2015, the tour raised over $18,000 for these grants (to be awarded in Spring 2016).
Congratulations to all the grant recipients and thank you for your efforts to improve our community! And, to those of you who supported the Home Tour—through attending, volunteering, donating, or sponsoring—thank you for allowing us to continue the Vi Walker Grant Program.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Grant of $4865 provided four bicycles to assist with community policing and security.
IPS School 84
Grant of $1000 provided for bird and butterfly sanctuary to support expansion of outdoor amphitheater.
IPS School 70
Grant of $4500 repaired existing musical instruments and purchased additional musical instruments.
Department of Public Words
Grant of $2000 for painted murals on Monon Trail north of 49th Street on the Winthrop Supply Company, Inc. building.
Grant of $2300 assisted those in need with supportive summer break programs.
Does your nonprofit serve the Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood? If so, you are invited to apply for MKNA’s 2015 Vi Walker Neighborhood Grant Program.
We are proud to fund these neighborhood grants from a percentage of the proceeds from the annual Meridian-Kessler Home & Garden Tour.
MKNA is interested in funding programs that strengthen our neighborhood. Specifically, the goal of the Vi Walker Neighborhood Grant Program is to fund programs that will:
Submit your application by Friday, March 4th, before 5:00 pm.
Grant Applicants receive decision notification week of April 20, 2015