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 grantmaker, a civic leader, and awards grants to the region’s nonprofits 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. Founded in 1992, the Foundation has total assets of nearly $52 million and has awarded over $30 million in grants and scholarships in Lake County.

Our Mission is to build a culture of philanthropy across generations that will positively transform Lake County. When making grants, we think about long-term and short term strategies; we understand the importance of immediate assistance to our neighbors; yet we know that lasting social impact requires decades of effort. And because our mission is broad and our resources are limited, we carefully target our support so it can be used most effectively and leverage the greatest amount of impact.

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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

Communicating Your Grant

Transform Lake County Grant

Informed and Engaged Urban Communities Grant

Thriving Hobart Seniors Grant

Sponsorship Grant


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