2021 Fall Grants

Legacy Foundation’s fall grants awards combine funding from four programs: Transform Lake County, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund, and Thriving Hobart Seniors, and Women in Philanthropy.

Organization NameGrant Project TitleGrant AmountFunding Category
ASW FoundationI AM THEM Hope Youth Center$10,000Transform Lake County
Beachfront Dance SchoolAssistive Technology$2,000Kyle and June Grady Memorial Fund
Building Leaders Advancing Community Knowledge (BLACK)Diversifying DemocracyJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation DAF
Building Our FutureAnti-Bullying Resource Center$20,000Transform Lake County
Center for Independent DocumentaryWalkable USA$10,000Transform Lake County
Center for PossibilitiesAwning Replacements$4,352Transform Lake County
Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana"Earth, Space & Beyond" Science Summer Camp$20,000Transform Lake County
Community Help Network, Inc.Buddy Bags Program$5,000Transform Lake County
Dunes Dog TrainingPets N Vets Program$4,000Transform Lake County
Force for GoodVideo Development and EditingJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation DAF
Franciscan Health FoundationVASIA-Hobart$4,454Thriving Hobart Seniors
Gary Historical and Cultural SocietySummer Enrichment for Learning Program$3,500Transform Lake County
Gary Public Transportation CorporationMobility HubsJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation DAF
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest IndianaAssistive Technology$1,199.98Kyle and June Grady Memorial Fund
Hands of Hope Adoption & Orphan Care MinistryFoster Together IN, Lake County$15,000Transform Lake County
Hope Christian ChurchHCC Career and Education Center$9,000Transform Lake County
In-Pact, Inc.Replacement Workstations$5,000Transform Lake County
Indiana University NorthwestSupporting the Future of K-12 Student Success in Gary, IndianaJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation DAF
IUPUI Lilly School of PhilanthropyBeginners Guide to Grant-writing Course$3,000Transform Lake County
Lake County Community Services, Inc.Thriving Hobart Seniors$6,600Thriving Hobart Seniors
Lake County Fire Chiefs AssociationArea Rae Monitoring Unit Replacement$14,614Transform Lake County
MAKS CorpLake Co. Emergency Request/Safety Project$5,000Transform Lake County
Maria Reiner CenterOperational Support$40,000Thriving Hobart Seniors
Morning Bishop Theatre PlayhouseThe Shops @ 487John S. and James L. Knight Foundation DAF
Pink Ribbon SocietyMammogram/Ultrasound Program$12,500Women in Philanthropy and Transform Lake County
Rise NWICommunity Engagement InitiativesJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation DAF
South Shore Dance AlliancePre-professional Dance Company$12,000Women in Philanthropy
South Shore Neighborhood Development CorporationSmall Business Mentorship and Tax Navigator ServiceJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation DAF
The MAAC Foundation, Inc.Police De-escalation and Use of Force Training$25,000Transform Lake County
Town of Griffith Parks & Recreation DepartmentWoodland Park Story Walk$8,800Transform Lake County
Urban League of Northwest IndianaCommunity CollaborationsJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation DAF
Wabash CenterSocial Skills Bi-Monthly Gathering$3,250Transform Lake County
Wheelchair Ramp MinistryWheelchair Ramp Ministry$5,000Transform Lake County
White's Residential & Family ServicesCrown Point Foster Care$5,000Transform Lake County

2021 Transform Lake County Spring/Summer Grants

Grants from this cycle are supported by the Lake County Community Fund and multiple Unrestricted Funds.

Organization NameProgram/Project TitleGrant Amount
African American Achievers Youth Corps, Inc. The Glen$12,500
American Red CrossBlood Saves Lives$5,000
Campagna AcademyOASIS-Safety and Slumber$18,297
Clark Road Genesis Family Center Inc.Bridge To Excellence$18,276
Community Change Center: WeAreOneReentry-Specific Adult Education$7,500
Erin's Farm NFPDirector of Animal Care$22,800
Fair Haven Center for WomenServices for Human Trafficking Survivors in Northwest Indiana$19,350
Genesis GuildLighting system upgrade$12,500
Hearts in MotionNew Directions$19,500
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry"Meat" the Need$2,500
Humane IndianaHumane Indiana Crisis Intervention$14,911
Laini Fluellen CharitiesKnow Your Lemons - Breast Health Education Campaign$6,750
New Beginnings ClubhouseClubhouse Expansion$10,000
Pack Away HungerNorthwest Indiana Pack Away Hunger Day$2,500
Rockopelli, Inc.PelliPlay$2,000
Stressbusters Inc.Stress Management using Massage Therapy$7,308
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Inc.Access Pass Northwest Expansion$10,000
The Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse, Inc.BISHOPBOXES Mentoring Project$5,000
Whiting Public LibraryLibrary of Things$8,000

Lake County COVID-19 Vaccine Community Outreach Grants

Grants totaling $5,000 were funded through the Rise NWI Fund to help organizations conduct outreach and education programs around the COVID-19 vaccine.

Organization NameProject Description
Family Life Community Youth CenterHost Community Connect Picnics to encourage COVID-19 vaccination in Gary; conduct print and digital advertising.
Gary Community PartnershipHost a Back-to-School Health Fair. COVID-19 vaccinations will be provided on-site.
Ivy Tech FoundationHost a series of Lunch and Learn sessions at Lake County Ivy Tech campuses to provide education around the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lakeshore Public MediaProduce ad campaigns around COVID-19 vaccination.
Urban League of Northwest IndianaConduct COVID-19 vaccine outreach throughout the City of Gary. Project includes canvassing, phone banking, and radio and print advertising.

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
Cedar Lake Historical Association

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

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