Phase 1 COVID-19 Response: Rapid Support Grants for Non-profits

Legacy Foundation partnered with Crown Point Community Foundation and Foundations of East Chicago to raise over $1 million. Jointly, the foundations accepted and reviewed applications and awarded grants from the Lake County COVID-19 Response Fund. Phase 1, which ran from March 30-May 18, responded to the immediate needs of nonprofits that were working to address the impacts of COVID-19 in Lake County. Grant assistance totaled $356,000 and covered food, childcare, personal protective equipment, technology, educational materials, rent/utility assistance, and medical needs.

View All Grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund

Pie chart showing percentage of funding for COVID-19 relief grants.

Thank you to our COVID-19 Response Fund Supporters

Legacy Foundation
Crown Point Community Foundation
Foundation of East Chicago
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
White Family Foundation

John W. Anderson Foundation
Legacy Women in Philanthropy
Horizon Bank
Tom Sourlis and Sue Eleuterio

Phase 2 COVID-19 Response: Non-Profit Preparedness and Support for Intermediate Needs

Phase 2 of Legacy Foundation’s response to COVID-19 helps address the impact in the community and among non-profit organizations.  This plan is a 3-pronged approach that includes Innovative Response Grants, Non-profit Staff and Board Training Scholarships, and Non-profit Capacity Building Grants. 

Currently, 24 non-profit staff and board members have received training scholarships to further their professional development and create stronger organizations.

Lara Bates, Challenger Learning Center of NWI; Sade Carrasquillo, For the Love of the Arts; Donna Catalano, South Shore Neighborhood Development Corp.; Sandra Dafiaghor, CRWorks; Anthony Englert, Wittenberg Village; Maranda Fishback, Legacy Foundation

Kristina Fry, Humane Indiana; Stephanie Harden, Transitions Resource Center; Lisa Hughes, St. Mary Catholic Comm. School; Rachel Hurst, Meals on Wheels of NWI; Richele Kaiser, Mental Health America; Pamela Key, Women Organizing Women

Denise Mavity, Old Sheriff’s House; Barbara Muckel, Dream Chaser NWI; Emma Rose, Challenger Learning Center; Amy Stevens, Dream Chaser NWI; Catisha Toney, Coates, Inc; Allyson Vaulx, Food Bank of NWI

Not pictured:

  • Antoinette Brumfield, FAITH CDC
  • Anthony Burrell, The Welcome Network
  • Roger Cavazos, Int’l Institute of NWI


  • Elizabeth Gonzales, Respite Care Services
  • Vanessa McCloud, Urban League of NWI
  • Michelle Robinson, Cause 4Paws

Community Relief Resources

219 Health Network
Healthcare services for uninsured and underinsured



Emergency Capital for Small Businesses in Illinois and Indiana


Crossroads YMCA
At-home fitness/exercise, emergency childcare


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.

COVID-19 Resources

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


National Restaurant Association
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund


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


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.


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

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


Lake County Community Services
Medically necessary essential transportation services


Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana
Home delivered meals


National Endowment for the Arts
Resources for artists and arts organizations


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

We’re here to help. Contact us with your questions.

Kelly Anoe

Vice President