Guide to Grants

As one of Indiana’s largest community foundations, Legacy Foundation works for Lake County in multiple ways, playing multiple roles. For donors, the Foundation offers an effective way to manage giving by providing expert philanthropic advice rooted in a deep knowledge of our community and an array of philanthropic vehicles and services. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant-maker, a civic leader, and awards grants to the region’s non-profits to help meet community needs, fulfill donors’ philanthropic wishes, and strengthen the nonprofit sector. Using local knowledge, networks, influence, and creativity, the Foundation brings people together to improve the community’s quality of life now and in the future.

Civic Innovators Convening – Call for Ideas!

What is your idea to make Gary more successful? Legacy Foundation is looking for innovative ideas from nonprofit and government organizations, as well as design experts, activists, urban planning organizations and individuals that will attract and retain talent; expand opportunity; and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together. Six ideas will be selected to present at the 4th annual Gary Civic Innovator Convening. Presenters will have four minutes to share ideas and an additional 4 minutes to answer questions from the audience. After hearing all 6 presentations, attendees vote by “giving” their $1,000 to the presenter of their choice (in a ballot box). The top 2 ideas get awards of $10,000 each. The Civic Innovator Convening provides the opportunity for engaged residents and stakeholders to come together, network, and share ideas.

Deadline for Idea Submission: July 15

Apply at https://legacyfdngrants.communityforce.com

Yearly Grant Cycle


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Transform Lake County (TLC)

Informed and Engaged Urban Communities

Thriving Hobart Seniors Grant

Sponsorship Grant


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Communicating Your Grant

Grant Program Policies and Guidelines

Legacy Foundation Grant Program Guidelines

Eligibility and Evaluation of Proposals

Solicitation and Conflict of Interest

Non-Discrimination Policy

Grant Implementation


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