2015 Nicecipients
Bring the Nice

Activity Winners Partners
Transportation for Low-income Senior Citizens
Morning Light will use their NIce Grant to fund a shuttle service for their residents for the next year. Residents use their shuttle service to explore downtown Indy, attend Pacers games, visit museums, shop, and more.
Urabn Youth Entrepreneurship Program
Karlisha Russell & Good Hustle Project will use their grant to further their great cause – an urban youth entrepreneurship program. Their program helps youths identify and use their talents to create a successful entrepreneurial endeavor instead of resorting to illegal or unethical options to make money.
Guerrilla-style Art Installation
Eric Stine, a local artist will take his latest art installation – 4 foot tall creatures – to the streets! He plans on creating an engaging art project placed in various locations throughout Indy that will connect with the public and spark conversation and interest.
Yoga & Meditation for Young Students
Alyssa Pfennig & Mighty Lotus will use their grant to help fund a program that empowers youth to overcome challenges and lead mindful, purposeful and healthy lives using yoga, meditation, and other awareness practices. Their program is currently offered in seven local elementary schools with more to be added in the 2015-2016 school year!
Mentorship for Trafficking Survivors
Jessica Thorne will use her Nice Grant to launch a mentorship program for female survivors of trafficking in Indiana. Her program will empower these women and give them an ally, creating authentic and unwavering relationships as they rebound from "the life."
Comfort for Dementia Patients
Steven Trobridge will use his grant to purchase MP3 players, headphones, and music for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Through his research, he discovered music is a proven method to ease agitation, depression, memory loss, confusion and provide a sense of calm to patients.
Good & Cheap Cooking Workshops
Renee Sweany and Pogue's Run Grocer will continue their class that uses the cookbook Good and Cheap to teach the community ways to cook healthy, delicious meals affordably. The $1000 grant will help further their belief that families that cook and eat together help create healthy communities.
Creative Classes for Kids
Andrew Young is part of an artist collective at the Circle City Industrial Complex. He will use his grant to run a free program for Brookside community children and families and teach them how to make toys, comics, clothing, and paintings.
Championing Neglected, Outdoor Dogs
Jeni Christoffersen & Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (F.I.D.O.) will use their grant to improve the quality of life for dogs in Indianapolis, particularly dogs chained, neglected, and left outside.
Support for Young, Single Parents
Maria Santiago and I Am Chosen will continue to teach life skills to young single parents so they can live up to their full potential and accomplish their goals. They do this by creating long-term support systems, providing career counseling, financial literacy and much more.