Grants

ccion clients Linda Coleman Cleveland and Candice Casey, owners of Great Lakes Personal Care in Griffith. Legacy Foundation’s support of Accion helps entrepreneurs create and expand their small business through one-on-one coaching and customized solutions for obtaining capital.

Accion clients Linda Coleman Cleveland and Candice Casey, owners of Great Lakes Personal Care in Griffith. Legacy Foundation’s support of Accion helps entrepreneurs create and expand their small business through one-on-one coaching and customized solutions for obtaining capital.


Grant Fact Sheet

Legacy Foundation supports organizations making Lake County a better place to live. Legacy Foundation offers two grants: Transform Lake County and Thriving Hobart Seniors. Grants can range from $2,000—$25,000. Both grants are open to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.

Grant Guidelines

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. Please review our grantmaking guidelines and feel free to contact us at 219.736.1880 with any questions.

Transform Lake County

The Transform Lake County grant provides funding for nonprofit organizations strengthening our Lake County community. Legacy Foundation’s donors support Transform Lake County grants through the Lake County Community Fund (LCCF). LCCF supports funding requests in the areas of arts & culture, animal welfare, education, environment, health & human services, and general operating.

Informed and Engaged Urban Communities

The Knight Foundation Fund at Legacy Foundation supports the success of our Informed and Engaged Urban Communities grant with a focus on Gary neighborhoods through investments that attract, retain and harness talent; that expand opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship and economic mobility; and that support civic infrastructure to accelerate the growth of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis.

The process is two steps:

  • Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to Kelly Anoe at kanoe@legacyfdn.org. The LOI should include:
    1. Contact information
    2. Amount requested and total project budget
    3. Project start and end dates
    4. Project title
    5. Project description (400 words or less)
    6. How your project aligns with one or more of the Knight Foundation pillars (Talent, Opportunity, and Engagement) and identify priority areas (250 words or less)

  • If we’re interested in hearing more about your idea, we will contact your organization with additional, detailed questions to determine grantees.

Legacy Sponsorship Grants

Legacy Foundation awards Sponsorship Grants of up to $2,000.00 to Lake County 501c(3) nonprofit organizations. Sponsorship grants are for a one time charitable event and/or educational programs that are open to the public and held in Lake County, Indiana. Sponsorship Grants are limited to one award for a maximum of $2,000.00 in a twelve month period.

All awarded projects must demonstrate a purpose and impact the community in a positive manner. Please note that Legacy Foundation does not support fundraisers. We encourage organizations to apply at least six weeks prior to their event to allow for application review and grant processing. Applicants will be notified of sponsorship awards within three weeks of submitting their application.

Women's Philanthropy Fund

The Women’s Philanthropy Fund is supported by the Women in Philanthropy group membership contributions. Annual grants are awarded during the summer cycle. In 2017, the Women’s Philanthropy Fund will support requests for programs addressing educational attainment for women and girls, including indirect support services such as mentoring, transportation, and childcare.

Thriving Hobart Seniors

The Thriving Hobart Seniors grant is supported by the Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Trust at Legacy Foundation. Thriving Hobart Seniors grants support funding to organizations that provide senior citizens in Hobart, Indiana with opportunities for housing, health care, economic security, education, employment, transportation, companionship and recreation.