Guide to Grants

Do You Have Ideas for How to Improve Your Community?

On April 26 and 27, 2017, Jason Roberts and members of his team from Better Block Foundation toured Griffith, Hobart NW, and the Downtown/Emerson, Miller, and University Park East neighborhoods of Gary. They met with community members and gave a keynote speech to inspire residents to take action on ideas for improving their communities. Legacy Foundation is making $10,000 available to implement projects inspired by Neighborhood Spotlight and Better Block Foundation’s examples and recommendations!

Apply for the Neighborhood Improvement Project


  • Applications must be submitted by a non-profit organization or have a non-profit fiscal sponsor who will be closely involved with the project. Schools and government entities are eligible.
  • Applications must be submitted by an organization that had staff or volunteer representation at one or more of the Better Block walking tours or events. The application will request the name of the individual and event attended.
  • Eligible neighborhoods include 4 Neighborhood Spotlight communities of Gary – Miller, Gary – Downtown/Emerson, Griffith, and Hobart NW, and the Choice Neighborhood community of University Park East.
  • Each project selected will be funded for an award amount between $500-$5,000.
  • Projects should provide visible results in the short-term (3-12 months).
  • Requests should be for new projects or an expansion of an existing project (not for operating or ongoing staff costs).
  • Additional leverage will be looked upon favorably, but is not required.


  1. Begin the Neighborhood Improvement Project Application
  2. Application due by April 20, 2018.
  3. Applicants will be informed of the decision by May 1, 2018.
  4. Once the agreement is signed, funds will be disbursed and the project may commence.
  5. Submit a brief report describing results no later than six months after grant funds are disbursed.

Please review the Gary Trip Summary submitted by Better Block Foundation for ideas and inspiration. You may apply for ideas contained in the report or you may choose to submit your own idea.

Neighborhood Spotlight reports can be found here.

Choice Neighborhood report can be found here.

We care about making a Lake County a place where families are financially secure, education is accessible to everyone, our neighborhoods are safe, and recreational opportunities are abundant. Legacy Foundation seeks to support organizations that make Lake County a better place to live.

Legacy Foundation has three grant cycles per year. Grants are open to 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations serving Lake County, Indiana.

Yearly Grant Cycle

Application Open Date

Application Due Date

Notification Date

February 1

March 1

April 20

June 1

July 1

August 20

October 1

November 1

December 20

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Thriving Hobart Seniors Grant

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