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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.

Our 2021 grants are an evolving approach. We anticipate a longer-term approach will emerge in 2022, based on what we learn about emerging community needs. We look forward to partnering with organizations and communities across Lake County in the year ahead and sharing your needs with Legacy Foundation donors.

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

Transform Lake County Grants will continue to support our communities with a sharpened focus on the most pressing challenges our community is facing today: the impact of COVID-19, systemic racism and racial injustice, and the underinvestment and lack of infrastructure in under-resourced and marginalized communities across Lake County.Apr. 1

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Nov. 1

Knight Foundation Fund
(Grant Range: up to $100,000)

Knight Foundation works to foster informed and engaged communities, which it believes are essential for a healthy democracy. In Gary, Knight seeks to intentionally build upon existing momentum of the community, focus in geographically (downtown), while also leveraging existing assets and resources.Sep. 13, 2021Nov. 5, 2021Applications will be reviewed as received, on a rolling basis from September 13 - November 5, 2021.
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.Due to heightened concern around COVID-19, we have suspended Sponsorship grants until further notice.

Grant Application Downloads

Download the Grant Application Guide

Grant Orientation Webinar Fall 2021

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Kelly Anoe

Vice President