Community Action Awards

Just as your voice matters, what you do matters.

Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be giving out Community Action Awards to ideas generated through On the Table discussions. Ten participants at On the Table will be awarded $1,000 each for a project resulting from their On the Table conversations.


Coming out of your On the Table conversation, we invite you to submit a project idea that benefits your community.  Ideas could include activities such as planting a community garden, buying school supplies for a classroom in need, cleaning up a local playground, or supplying dinner for a week at a local food pantry – be creative!


In order to be eligible to submit your idea, you must attend an On the Table session.

You can submit your idea one of two ways:

  1. Create a short video (between 60-90 seconds). The video can be shot with your phone, (no need to be produced, professional quality, or edited) and should answer the questions listed below.
  2. Submit a written narrative (between 100-150 words) with a photo attachment. The narrative should be in Microsoft Word and should answer the questions listed below.  The photo should be representative of your project, the location where you would like the project to occur, or the people who will be involved in completing the project.  The photo can be shot with your phone and does not need to be produced, edited, or professional quality.

Submissions should be sent to by October 17.  Winners will be announced on November 7.



  • What is your name?
  • Where did you participate in an On the Table Session?
  • Did you get this idea from participating in an On the Table session?
  • What is the name of your idea?
  • Describe your project or activity?
  • What would you do with $1,000?
  • Why is your idea important for your community?
  • Who will be involved and how?
  • Where will this take place?
  • When will this take place?


  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • For profit entities
  • Political or lobbying groups
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Businesses for commercial purposes
  • Salaries
  • Construction
  • Large (over $500) equipment purchases
  • Debt financing
  • To attempt to influence legislation
  • To attempt to intervene in or participate in any campaign for political office
  • Promote illegal behavior
  • Support racial, gender, religious, sexual, or other prejudice
  • Invade the privacy of any person
  • Contain any foul or offensive language

2017 Community Action Award Recipients

Organization involved

Project Summary

Project Name

Video (if submitted) or photo

AMFB Mentors

Youth will play the game of “LIFE” and visit stations such as banks, car dealerships, mortgage lenders and more! Additionally, parents will participate in a workshop targeting family strengthening in financial literacy.

#Adulting is Hard

City Life Center

Group of 6th – 8th grade youth will research and interview those doing good things throughout the city of Gary. Interviews will be conducted with a wide range of individuals: youth, adults, city leaders, etc. The podcast will be broadcasted via social media.

What’s Good Gary

Franciscan Health

Project will consist of planning, implementing, and evaluating a pre/post natal education event. This event will provide education as well as other incentives (diapers, wipes, gas and grocery cards, etc.) towards lifting some burdens or barriers to the root causes.

Supporting Families from Infancy to Adulthood

Gary Commission for the Social Status of Black Males (GCSSBM)

Host an event in Gary, IN where 50 young African-American women from Gary can discuss challenges they face and solutions to how they can help create policies for the Commission to present to the Gary Common Council and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.

Engaging Young Black Women in Gary, Indiana

Girls on the Run NWI

Match up two Spring 2017 Girls on the Run sites, in opposite parts of Lake County, and send each team on a field trip to their “Sister Site.” The girls will have a change to get to know each other, as well as be exposed to an entirely new community.

Field Trip!

Lady’s N Charge

During Thanksgiving, pack baskets that include a full turkey meal to give to needy families. Families are chosen through social workers at schools as well as women’s shelters.

No Child Left Hungry

Miller Beach Tourism Bureau

Officially launching the Miller Beach Tourism Bureau with a photo contest, which will award cash prizes to the residents and visitors who’s photos best evoke that theme.

My Miller Beach Photo Contest

Open Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center

Purchase/build a movable stepping stone/wheelchair accessible ramp for physically and mentally handicapped children to assist in “mounting” the therapy horses.

Building up at Open Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center

School City of Hobart’s Building Brickies

Host a monthly free networking dinner to build community relationships through community service.

Connecting the Community

Steel City Academy

A student led initiative and business that will beautify the community and create safe spaces for recreational activities by allowing students to garden and landscape.

Steel City Landscape