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Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs


Stellar Communities

The Stellar Communities program is a multi-agency partnership designed to fund comprehensive community development projects in Indiana’s smaller communities. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Indiana Department of Transportation are participating in this innovative program.

Stellar Communities has been recognized nationally as a premier community development program when it received the 2012 President's Award for Innovation from the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA).

Now with 6 pilot communities the Stellar Communities program is leading the way. Since 2010 over 60 Hoosier communities have expressed interest in the program and 21 strategic investment plans have been created.

Questions about the program may also be emailed to the Stellar Team:

Stellar Communities 2015 Finalists

In 2015, the Stellar program introduced Division I and Division II designations. Five finalists were chosen from the thirteen communities that submitted applications. The finalists are listed below:

Division I (population 6,000+)


Division II (population under 6,000)

North Liberty

The Stellar Designees from each division will be announced in August at the Indiana State Fair.

Stellar Communities Program 2015 - Forms and Information

2015 Stellar Communities FAQs

2015 Stellar Webinar PowerPoint

2015 Stellar Informational Workshop PowerPoint

Authorization to Submit Certification

2015 Stellar Communities Call for Letters of Interest

2015 Stellar Communities Information Worksheet

2015 Stellar Communities Project Matrix

Program Definitions

2015 Stellar Communities Divisions List

Electronic Submission Instructions via FTP site