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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 grant-maker, a civic leader, and awards grants to the region’s non-profits 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.

Non-Profit Capacity Building Grants

Legacy Foundation, Crown Point Community Foundation, and Foundations of East Chicago are partnering to offer grants of up to $5,000 to help non-profit organizations develop and/or implement an Emergency Preparedness or Strategic Restructuring plan.

An Emergency Preparedness Plan can cover general preparedness (to include all disasters including tornado, fire, pandemic, etc.) or be COVID-19 specific (precautions to take when returning to work, what to do in case of future outbreak, etc.). Strategic Restructuring grants are intended to support nonprofits as they assess, negotiate, design, and/or implement substantive strategic restructuring efforts that seek to promote more effective operations and high-performing programs based on community needs and assets. Strategic Restructuring grants can cover costs associated with reorganizing operational expenses as a result of a decrease in revenue.

View Full Description and Eligibility Requirements

Grant ProgramPurposeApplication OpensApplication DueNotification
Transform Lake County
(Grant Range: $2,000-$25,000)

To strengthen and empower nonprofits, neighborhoods and residents in Lake County. Priority will be given to grant requests that incorporate feedback from On the Table or Neighborhood Spotlight.Oct. 1Nov. 1December
Informed & Engaged Urban Communities
(Grant Range: $2,000-$100,000)
To increase attract and retain talent, increase opportunity, and promote civic and community engagement in Gary. Priority will be given to projects that promote downtown revitalization.Funding for 2020 has been allocated toward COVID-19 response grants.
Thriving Hobart Seniors (Grant Range: $2,000-$25,000)

To provide seniors in Hobart with opportunities to increase their quality of life.Oct. 1Nov. 1December
Sponsorship (Grant Range: $250-$2,000)To offer opportunities for residents of Lake County to engage in and participate in events that will increase community involvement and education.Legacy Foundation is not currently accepting applications to the Sponsorship Fund.

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Kelly Anoe

Vice President