Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI)

A Space For Building Skills

What is ICBI? The Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI) is a program that incorporates the traditional classes of neighborhood organizing with a community-based project. The program is open to all Indianapolis neighborhoods and community-based organizations. INRC will work with each organization to develop community-specific systems to measure the results of each of the neighborhood-based projects. The measurements will vary but will be designed to show the success of each project. Based on the philosophy of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), ICBI transfers community building skills while providing space where Indianapolis neighbors can connect, realize and act on their passions for change.

Leadership development is critical to mobilizing residents to create change in their own neighborhoods and across neighborhoods. This program is available to all without regard for race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or on the basis of any other protected classification. Reasonable accommodations for the selection process and during service are available upon request.

ICBI will begin in September 2024.  After the participating organizations are determined, INRC will work with the groups to finalize the workshop schedule. Workshops will be held from September 2024 through November 2024.

INRC staff will support the teams outside of the classroom as they work on their projects and implement the concepts presented in the workshops.

1. Eligibility Requirement

  • Any community-based organization within the Indianapolis area that is registered (or is willing to be registered) with the City of Indianapolis. The registration tool is found at
  • The community-based organization has experienced leaders and is looking to expand its leadership team, or the association desires to create a leadership team.
  • The community-based organization is willing to complete a project before December 31, 2025, and work with INRC to develop and document measurable results.

2. Deliverables

  • Completed application.
  • List three to five residents/stakeholders who have been identified by the community-based organization as existing or emerging leaders who have agreed to attend the courses. Ideally, each resident should attend 100% of the courses; however, INRC understands that there are often circumstances that could impact attendance. Because of this, INRC suggests that each neighborhood consider a backup representative who could substitute, as necessary.

3. How to Apply

  • Applications will be available in July 2024 on this page and on our social media platforms.

For more information on the program, please contact Terry Brooks Allen at

Thank you to the City of Indianapolis for their support of the Indianapolis Community Building Institute!