The Inspiring Places Award: This award is given to an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve safety, housing, or beautification aspects of the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Previous awardees have included Fuller Legacy Build and its collaboration and work to revitalize the 1200 block of St. Paul Street, Ransom Place Neighborhood Association for envisioning and developing Ransom Place Pocket Park.
The Ross Foundation received the Inspiring Places award for its Building Alternative Solutions In our Community (BASIC) Program. BASIC is a neighborhood-based strategy to reduce crime in the 42nd and Post area by increasing social/community cohesion and mobilizing residents to get involved in reducing crime in their neighborhoods. The BASIC program boasts over 25 volunteer community advocates from the Far Eastside — neighbors who used to be involved in criminal activity, serving as a voice and ear for the needs of residents in their neighborhoods and providing feedback on any issues, conflicts, or resources needed. In 2017, the 42nd and Post Rd. block was adopted through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and scored the best score possible for overall cleanliness.