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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.

2015 Stellar Communities Program Webinar - January 30, 2015 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm EST
The Webinar will provide details on programmatic changes, timeline, and new partners. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Stellar Team.
Please register here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

For more information on the Stellar Communities program please contact your OCRA Community Liaison.  Questions about the program may also be emailed to the Stellar Team:

Stellar Communities Program 2014 -

Stellar Communities Finalist Workshop Slides

Communities Submitting Letters of Interest for 2014

Stellar Communities Informational Workshop Presentation

Project Matrix

Program Definitions 

Information Sheet