2020 Fall/Winter Grants

Grants from this cycle are supported by the Lake County Community Fund, multiple Unrestricted Funds, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund and the Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund.

Organization NameProgram/Project TitleGrant Amount
Ancilla Systems Incorporated (Sojourner Truth House)
Meeting Basic Needs to Enhance Public Safety
$7,500.00
Cedar Lake Historical Association

Steam through History $10,000.00
Community Help Network
Buddy Bags
$5,000.00
Dunes Dog Training
Pets N Vets Program
$1,500.00
Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited
New Tractor
$10,000.00
Franciscan Health Foundation
Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA) - Hobart
$7,000.00
Friends of Whiting Library
Whiting Public Library's Book Bike
$6,000.00
Gary Alumni Pathway to Students (GAPS)
GAPS-Inner-City Pathways Program
$10,000.00
Gary Community Partnership
Gary Community Partnership/Chicago Echo House Community Garden Collaboration $6,000.00
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Girl Scouts in Lake County
$20,000.00
Griffith Parks and Recreation Department (GPRD)
Cheever Park Baseball Field Renovation
$15,000.00
Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana
Financial Peace
$3,340.00
Hands of Hope
Foster Together
$20,000.00
HealthVisions Midwest Inc
HEART Program
$12,500.00
Indiana Plan for Equal Employment
Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Awareness Program
$12,500.00
Maria Reiner Center
Operational and Administrative Support
$26,797.00
Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana
Delivering Meals and Wellness Checks to Hobart Seniors In Need
$10,000.00
National Park Trust
Enhancing and Completing Indiana Dunes National Park and the Greater Marquette Greenway
$7,000.00
Paladin, Inc.
Precautionary Safety for Individuals with Disabilities and Staff
$6,321.00
Pathway to Adventure Council, Inc. Boy Scouts of America
STEM in Scouting
$17,000.00
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky
Sexual and Reproductive Health Education
$7,500.00
Purdue University EPICSUrban Farming
$25,000.00
Rebuilding Hope Mission Team
Wheelchair Ramp Ministry
$5,000.00
South Lake County Community Services
Hobart Senior Transportation Services
$6,000.00
St. Jude House
New Fencing for Client Parking Lot and Beautification of Perimeter
$10,000.00
TradeWinds Services Inc
Community Employment for People with Disabilities
$20,000.00
United Charitable - Athletes for Charity
NWI Athlete Mentoring Program
$5,000.00

2020 COVID-19 Response Grants

Organization NameProgram CategoryGrant Amount
1st Baptist ChurchPersonal Protective Equipment$2,500
1st Tabernacle MB ChurchFood Assistance$2,720
219 Health NetworkPersonal Protective Equipment$7,500
ALS Association of IndianaMedical Needs$3,000
Ancilla Systems/Nazareth HomeFood Assistance and Medical Needs$1,000
Ancilla Systems/Sojourner Truth HouseFood Assistance and Personal Protective Equipment$5,000
Beachfront DanceTechnology $7,000
Best Buddies IndianaTechnology$1,000
Bethel ChurchTechnology$15,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater NWIEducational Materials and Food Assistance$15,000
Catholic Charities Diocese of GaryFood Assistance and Personal Protective Equipment$4,500
Cause 4PawsAnimal Care$1,000
City Life CenterFood Assistance and Personal Protective Equipment$7,000
Community Health NetworkPersonal Protective Equipment$7,500
Crossroads YMCAChildcare$8,000
Crown Point LibraryTechnology$6,000
CR WorksHousing Assistance$8,259
East Chicago Public LibraryTechnology$2,500
Edgewater HealthPersonal Protective Equipment$7,500
Fair Haven Center for WomenTechnology$6,000
Faith TempleFood Assistance and Childcare$5,000
Family Life Community Youth CenterFood Assistance and Personal Protective Equipment$5,000
First United Methodist ChurchFood Assistance$12,500
Food Bank of NWIFood Assistance$12,500
Franciscan Health FoundationMedical Needs$12,500
GAP Food PantryFood Assistance$2,000
Gary Public LibraryTechnology$2,500
Goodwill IndustriesChildcare$5,000
Grace Beyond BordersFood Assistance$4,000
Habitat for Humanity of NWICleaning Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment$2,000
Hannah's HopeEducational Materials$1,250
Hanover TownshipFood Assistance$1,000
HealthLinc, Inc.Medical Needs $7,500
Healthy East ChicagoFood Assistance and Personal Protective Equipment$3,000
Hobart Food PantryFood Assistance$2,500
Hoosiers Feeding the HungryFood Assistance$4,000
Hope Christian Food PantryFood Assistance$1,000
Immigrant Welcome NetworkFood and Housing Assistance$2,500
International Institute of NWIFamily Assistance$5,000
IWIN FoundationFood Assistance$3,900
Jesus Christ MinistriesFood Assistance$1,000
Meals on Wheels of NWIFood Assistance$15,000
MOVE ChurchFood Assistance$1,000
New Star ServicesPersonal Protective Equipment$5,000
NWI Information Sharing and Security AllianceFood Assistance and Personal Protective Equipment$15,000
Paladin Inc.Personal Protective Equipment$7,500
PATHFood Assistance$8,000
Porter Starke ServicesFood Assistance$7,500
Respite Care and ServicesPersonal Protective Equipment$5,000
Salvation Army of Lake CountyHousing Assistance$15,000
South Shore Neighborhood Development Corp.Small Business Assistance$25,000
St. Joseph Carmelite HomeTechnology, Cleaning Supplies, and Personal Protective Equipment, Food Assistance$15,425
St. Joseph ChurchFood Assistance$1,000
St. Jude HouseCleaning Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment$3,000
St. Mary of the Lake Food Assistance$1,000
St. Vincent de Paul Food PantryFood Assistance$2,000
Tradewinds ServicesPersonal Protective Equipment$15,000
Urban League of NWITax Assistance$5,000
Wabash CenterPersonal Protective Equipment$3,000
Whiting Public LibraryEducational Materials$2,500
YWCA of GaryChildcare$12,000

2019 Fall/Winter Grant Cycle:

Transform Lake County Grants

Organization NameProgram/Project TitleGrant Amount
American Red CrossHome Fire Relief$10,000
South Shore Dance Alliance, Inc.Classically African American$4,000
South Shore ArtsMaurice Sendak Exhibit children's education programming/"In the Gallery with Monsters"$12,500
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and KentuckyReproductive Health Care and Education in Lake County$10,000
Center For Independent DocumentaryWalkable USA$25,000
Center for PossibilitiesA Playground for Everyone$5,000
Cedar Lake MinistriesOutdoor Education Expansion of High & Low Ropes Course with Community Focus$12,500
Meals on Wheels of Northwest IndianaTechnology Upgrades to Increase Capacity and Efficiency and Protect Client Privacy$6,000
STARBASE IN-GarySTARBASE$5,000
Gary Alumni Pathway to Students (GAPS)Innercity Pathway Program (IPP)$12,500
1st United Methodist ChurchBuddy Bags$2,500
Hospice of the Calumet AreaMusic Therapy$3,750
St. Jude HouseUpgrading Bedrooms at St. Jude House Domestic Violence Shelter$5,295
Erin's Farm NFPAnimal Shelter$7,500
Girls on the Run of Northwest IndianaEmpowering Lake County girls$5,383
Gleaners of South Lake CountyStore Rebuild$10,000
Best Buddies IndianaBest Buddies Friendship Expansion 2019/20$5,000
Indiana Parenting InstituteRare Voices (RaV) Leadership Program for Girls$3,122
Paladin, Inc.Precautionary Safety for Individuals with Disabilities and Supportive Staff$6,075
The Multi Agency Academic Cooperative FoundationFirst Responder Training with Emphasis on Law Enforcement Community$12,500
Crossroads YMCA Griffith branchSafety Around Water$13,666

2019 Informed and Engaged Urban Communities Grants funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund

Organization NameProgram/Project TitleGrant Amount
ArtHouseSustainability Plan$40,000
Decay DevilsThe 1906 Initiative$50,000
FAITH CDCFAITH Farm Community Garden$50,000
Gary Community PartnershipReese Park Improvement$5,000
Sojourner Truth HouseSteel City Boxtown$100,000
Urban League of NWINeighborhood Connect Initiative$25,000

2019 Thriving Hobart Seniors Grants funded by the Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund

Organization NameProgram/Project TitleGrant Amount
Franciscan Health FoundationVolunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA) - Hobart$2,500
Meals on Wheels of Northwest IndianaDelivering Meals and Wellness Checks to Hobart Seniors$4,500
South Lake County Community ServicesHobart Senior Transportation Services$6,620
School City of HobartHobart Senior Fun$2,000
Maria Reiner CenterProgram Director Salary$30,000
Hobart Family YMCAHobart Family YMCA Seniors Initiative$5,000

2019 Spring/Summer Grant Cycle:

Transform Lake County Grants

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana
Making Music Legacies!
$10,000
The City of Hammond
Bike Trail Connector Project
$25,000
Dunes Dog Training
Pets N Vets Program
$2,500
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
SNAP Outreach
$15,000
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Trauma-Informed GirlSpace Northwest Indiana Program
$15,366
Goodwill LEADS Inc.
Digital Skills Certification
$25,000
Griffith Parks and Recreation Department
Parks Improvement
$25,000
Healthy East Chicago
East Chicago MOMS Taking Charge
$5,000
Mascot Hall of Fame
Mascot Hall of Fame 2019-2020
$25,000
Multiple Agencies
Legacy Sponsorship Program
$20,000
Neighbors' Educational Opportunities
Lake County English Language Services
$6,500
Pack Away Hunger
Northwest Indiana Meal Packing Event
$10,000
POP on Youth Violence
Project Outreach and Prevention on Youth Violence Foundation
$10,000
Save the Dunes Conservation Fund, Inc.
Wayfinding Signs for Improved Safety and Ecosystem Health
$3,700
Scan, Inc.
Clinical Therapy Support for Families Experiencing Child Abuse or Neglect
$3,000
Top 20, Inc.
Project Connect
$5,000
Towle Theater
Towle Education Department - Towle Youth Theater Ensemble (TYTE)
$10,000
White's Residential and Family Services
Ensuring a Home for Kids in Need