Recent Recipients

A grant from the Lake County Community Fund supports Early Learning Partnerships of Northwest Indiana a non-profit early childhood parent education and support organization.

A grant from the Lake County Community Fund supports Early Learning Partnerships of Northwest Indiana a non-profit early childhood parent education and support organization.


2016 Fall Grant Cycle:
Transform Lake County

American Legion Post
Main building roof repairs


Autism Society of NWI
Transition to Independence


Boys & Girls Clubs of NWI
Implementation of Youth Program Quality Intervention


Challenger Learning Center NWI
Taking “IT” to the Schools


Chicagoland Immigrant Welcome Network
Immigrant Legal Clinic


City of Hobart
Gilliana Property Conservation


CRWorks, Inc.
Hammond Youth Career Opportunities Program


Dunes Learning Center
Residential environmental education experiences


Early Learning Partnership of NWI
Parents’ Village


East Chicago Education Foundation
Pre-K–5th Grade Teachable Moments in Science


Food Bank of NWI
Volunteer Engagement Room


Girls on the Run of NWI
Lake County program funding for girls in need


HealthLinc, Inc
HealthLinc Medical-Legal Partnership


Honor Flight Chicago Corp.
Identify and honor Lake County senior war veterans


Hospice of the Calumet Area
Transitions Program


Indiana Ballet Theatre
Scholarships for Lake County residents


International Institute/LACASA
Resources for Positive Impact


Indiana Parenting Institute
Zero Tolerance Truancy Reduction Program for Families


Nazareth Home
Volunteer Coordinator


Pathway to Adventure Council–Boy Scouts of America
Gary in STEM Scouts


Salvation Army
Healthy Food Assistance


South Shore Arts
MoTown vs. Chi-Town: the Indiana Connection


2016 Fall Grant Cycle:
Knight Donor Advised Fund

Accion Chicago
Business development coaching event


Better Block Foundation
Two keynote presentations and survey/recommendations from Better Block Foundation


Calumet Artist Residency
Gary Poetry Project


City of Gary Parks Department
Interpretive wall mural and restroom renovation at Reed Park


Decay Devils
Union Station Revive


Devoted 2 Healing
Faith Farms Urban Garden


Gary Black Film Festival (Fractured Atlas)
Support 4-6 movie screenings and an assessment determining potential support for a fully functional cinema


Miller Beach Arts & Creative District
Sculpture Garden


Nelson Algren Society
Create Nelson Algren Museum and public mural


Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center
A coding bootcamp to provide technical training on coding and web programming


2016 Fall Grant Cycle:
Thriving Hobart Seniors

Maria Reiner Center
Volunteer sustainability and growth; continued programming


School City of Hobart
Hobart Senior Fun


South Lake County Community Services
Hobart Senior Transportation


2016: Summer Grant Cycle

Accion Chicago: Northwest Indiana Entrepreneurship Program
Provide entrepreneurs with the tools to build vibrant local businesses


Bead Town: Promoting Transformation thru Art
Purchase supplies, equipment, materials for Bead Town program at Gary Career Center; and give the artist a stipend to teach, assist, and work side by side with students until May 30, 2017


Changing Lives and Changing Patterns, Inc.: School year Learning and Mentoring Programming
Provide free homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring, arts and music workshops to Lake County youth


C-Lab: South Shore SOUP
Hold two community microfunding dinners in Lake County


Dunes Dog Training: Pets N Vets Program
Update non-slip flooring and puppy training cages and invest in advertising costs, printed materials, signs and banners


Expand a modest urban garden into a fully functioning farm


Gary Shakespeare Company: Taking Our Show on the Road
Purchase a cargo trailer and chairs to make the show mobile


Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana: GirlSpace Northwest Indiana
Expand the Healthy Living component of GirlSpace Northwest Indiana at two school partner sites (one in Merrillville; one in Gary) to impact 75 at-risk girls.


Hammond Education Foundation: The Blueprint for Collegiate Success
Create a community driven college access, readiness, and success initiative


Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry: "Meat" the Need 2016-2017
Process approximately 1,850 pounds of donated deer, large game, and livestock to provide over 7,400 meals to residents in need within Lake County


Neighbors' Educational Opportunities: College, Career, and Workplace Readiness Project
Implement a Workplace Readiness Program in response to the demands of regional employers


Pack Away Hunger, Inc.: NW Indiana Meal Packing Event
Volunteers at this event will package approximately 170,000 highly nutritious Nutri-Plenty meals. The meals will be distributed to Lake County food pantries.


St. Joseph Carmelite Home: Independent Living
Provide girls 15 to 18 years old with programs in: personal hygiene, relationship management, grammar, etiquette, financial literacy and career planning


St. Jude House: New Technology
Update computer and phone systems


SAFE Coalition for Human Rights (SAFECHR): SAFEty for Survivors Program
A supportive group program for survivors and victims of human trafficking and violent crimes


School City of Hobart Building Brickies: Mindfulness in the Classroom
Teach mindfulness in the classroom to help students learn about self-control


White's Residential and Family Services: Our Community Cares Project
Enable the Crown Point office to provide respite care to foster parents overseeing 65 Lake County foster children


2016: Spring Grant Cycle

Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative
Developing a sustainability plan for the organization as well as convene a research summit on the Wolf Lake watershed.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
The Hammond Neighborhood Site Based Mentoring Program will serve 20 third through sixth grade students from Frank O’Bannon Elementary School in Hammond through high impact one-to-one mentoring.


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary
Constructing wheelchair ramps and perform home safety repairs for needy, elderly and/or disabled residents of Lake County in an attempt to keep them safely in their homes.


City Life Center
Construction of the City Life Cafe to give Downtown, Emerson, Horace Mann, and the City of Gary at large opportunities to come together, learn, collaborate, and help in the revitalization of the city.


Emma's Footprints
Providing CuddleCots to the six hospitals in Lake County giving support and comfort to families who have lost an infant. A CuddleCots system keeps the babies body cool allowing the baby to remain with the family thereby providing the family the gift of time with their child.


Franciscan Alliance Foundation
Supporting the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) which provides for the well-being of seniors with chronic-care needs who live at home. PACE will provide assisted, door-through-door, transportation for participants in Dyer, Indiana.


Franciscan Alliance Foundation
To support its expanding guardianship program Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults


Gary International Black Film Festival
Supporting the 6th Annual Gary International Black Film Festival, a 3 day event featuring independent film, discussion and educational events throughout the year.


Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana Inc.
Repairing the new ReStore retail store's gutter system.


Legacy Foundation
To provide training and Capacity Building Support to Lake County non-profits. Activities will include: training, grant writing workshops, organizational endowment building, social media contests, South Shore Funders Capacity Building, and Give Day.


Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana
Implementing a joint pilot program between Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana and Fresenius Medical Center (FMC) Gary Dialysis, Gary, Indiana.


Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation, Inc.
For a computer system with cloud storage for sensitive client information.


Northwest Indiana Paddling Association
Installing Indiana's second fully ADA compliant Canoe and Kayak launch at the Marquette Park lagoons in Gary, Indiana.


Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council
Sponsorship of the 3rd annual recognition luncheon for World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans; the 1st annual holiday appreciation dinner for Veterans and Service Members in need, and the local National Guard division family Christmas events.


One Region, Inc.
For Lake County's continued participation in the State of Indiana On My Way Pre-K Pilot Program.


Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky
Providing customized, evidence-based programming at Merrillville Intermediate School over one school year to address public concerns like unintended pregnancy, domestic violence and STDs.


Portage Township YMCA
Extension of services into Lake County - specifically Lake Station, Indiana.


REAL Services, Inc./Alzheimer's and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana
Sponsorship of a one day conference to help families and caregivers in their understanding of late stage Alzheimer's disease process, to help them find tools that help meet the patient’s and the caregivers needs, and to help them find peace and inner strength throughout their journey.


Sojourner Truth House
For a Parenting Conference in September 2016 that will provide attendees with the tools to make positive parenting choices and decrease actions that may lead to neglect and abuse.


Northwest Indiana Symphony Society, Inc.
Presenting a special Indiana Bicentennial edition of the South Shore Summer Music Festival with an all-Indiana program including Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Michael Jackson and more.


St. Matthias Parish
Sustaining the Pick 7 Food Distribution where community members can pick 7 free food items from the available options.


The First Tee of Hammond
Implementing life skills and healthy habits curriculum to more school-aged children in Lake County.


Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Inc.
The Digital Literacy Community Outreach Program will reach at least 75 students to increase the students' technology, leadership, and teamwork skills; expose them to career paths, colleges/technical schools; and connect them to Lake County businesses/non-profits.