Individual Assistance Opportunities

COVID-19 Community Relief Resources

219 Health Network
Healthcare services for uninsured and underinsured

Emergency capital and resources for small businesses in Illinois and Indiana

Catholic Charities Diocese of Gary
Rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, gift cards for fuel, gift cards for medicine or medical supplies, gift cards for groceries, food distribution and delivery, diapers and baby food, counseling services

Crossroads YMCA
At-home fitness/exercise, emergency childcare

Foodbank of Northwest Indiana
Food distribution and a list of food pantries serving areas of Northwest Indiana

Call 866-641-7181
Geminus Community Partners program has available funding to assist families who are in need of financial assistance affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This funding can assist with rent, utilities, baby needs, emergency food, etc.

Indiana Small Business Development Center
Loans for small businesses, including Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Express Bridge Loans for expedited financing, and small business counseling and advising.

Lake County Community Services
Medically necessary essential transportation services

Lake County COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Nonprofits
Emergency relief grants for 501c3 nonprofit organizations, churches, and government agencies

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana
Home delivered meals

National Restaurant Association
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
I Care if You Listen

National Endowment for the Arts

Salvation Army of Lake County
Rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, medication bill assistance, hygiene and toiletry products, food assistance

YWCA of Northwest Indiana
Childcare services for children ages 3-12 years old

Additional Assistance Opportunities

Cara M. Spicer Scholarship Program

This scholarship has been established in the memory of Cara M. Spicer to provide financial support for children of low income families in Northwest Indiana who want to participate in Fine Arts activities and do not have the monetary ability to do so.

Scholarship Amount: $100
Number of Awards: Up to 10
  • Lives in Lake County, Indiana
  • Is between the ages of five (5) and eighteen (18)
  • Is currently an active participant of the organization seeking the scholarship on his/her behalf
  • Has a demonstrated financial need as documented by The National School Free or Reduced Lunch Program

Deadline: May 1
Application: Download Application

James F. Van Senus Memorial Fund

The James F. Van Senus Memorial Fund was established to provide financial assistance to widows/widowers or their dependent children under the age of 18 years old. Typical grants may range from $250-$2,000. All applications will be considered, but due to limited financial resources, cannot be guaranteed.

Complete the Application Online

Mary Francis Textbook Scholarship Program

The Mary Francis Textbook Scholarship was created to provide support for the purchase of textbooks for students enrolled in a two (2) or four (4) year college or university. The award may be up to $150 and may only be used one time by recipient. Awards are based on financial need; student must have a minimum GPA 2.0

Scholarship Amount: Up to $150
Number of Awards: Varies
Eligibility:Resident of Lake County, Indiana

Deadline: Rolling
Application: Begin Your Application

More Information

Applications are not accepted via email or fax. They must be completed and sent via US Mail, with required attachments. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Questions can be directed to or 219.736.1880.