Recent Recipients

A grant from the Lake County Community Fund supports Early Learning Partnerships of Northwest Indiana a non-profit early childhood parent education and support organization.

A grant from the Lake County Community Fund supports Early Learning Partnerships of Northwest Indiana a non-profit early childhood parent education and support organization.

 

2016 Fall Grant Cycle:
Transform Lake County


American Legion Post
Main building roof repairs

$5,000

Autism Society of NWI
Transition to Independence

$5,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of NWI
Implementation of Youth Program Quality Intervention

$21,825

Challenger Learning Center NWI
Taking “IT” to the Schools

$7,000

Chicagoland Immigrant Welcome Network
Immigrant Legal Clinic

$10,000

City of Hobart
Gilliana Property Conservation

$835

CRWorks, Inc.
Hammond Youth Career Opportunities Program

$8,500

Dunes Learning Center
Residential environmental education experiences

$7,500

Early Learning Partnership of NWI
Parents’ Village

$12,500

East Chicago Education Foundation
Pre-K–5th Grade Teachable Moments in Science

$4,000

Food Bank of NWI
Volunteer Engagement Room

$25,000

Girls on the Run of NWI
Lake County program funding for girls in need

$13,336

HealthLinc, Inc
HealthLinc Medical-Legal Partnership

$12,500

Honor Flight Chicago Corp.
Identify and honor Lake County senior war veterans

$11,000

Hospice of the Calumet Area
Transitions Program

$5,000

Indiana Ballet Theatre
Scholarships for Lake County residents

$2,000

International Institute/LACASA
Resources for Positive Impact

$10,000

Indiana Parenting Institute
Zero Tolerance Truancy Reduction Program for Families

$10,000

Nazareth Home
Volunteer Coordinator

$12,500

Pathway to Adventure Council–Boy Scouts of America
Gary in STEM Scouts

$8,920

Salvation Army
Healthy Food Assistance

$17,382

South Shore Arts
MoTown vs. Chi-Town: the Indiana Connection

$5,000


2016 Fall Grant Cycle:
Knight Donor Advised Fund


Accion Chicago
Business development coaching event

$5,000

Better Block Foundation
Two keynote presentations and survey/recommendations from Better Block Foundation

$7,500

Calumet Artist Residency
Gary Poetry Project

$15,000

City of Gary Parks Department
Interpretive wall mural and restroom renovation at Reed Park

$12,100

Decay Devils
Union Station Revive

$20,000

Devoted 2 Healing
Faith Farms Urban Garden

$10,000

Gary Black Film Festival (Fractured Atlas)
Support 4-6 movie screenings and an assessment determining potential support for a fully functional cinema

$10,000

Miller Beach Arts & Creative District
Sculpture Garden

$25,000

Nelson Algren Society
Create Nelson Algren Museum and public mural

$3,500

Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center
A coding bootcamp to provide technical training on coding and web programming

$7,900


2016 Fall Grant Cycle:
Thriving Hobart Seniors


Maria Reiner Center
Volunteer sustainability and growth; continued programming

$30,000

School City of Hobart
Hobart Senior Fun

$8,000

South Lake County Community Services
Hobart Senior Transportation

$10,000


2016: Summer Grant Cycle


Accion Chicago: Northwest Indiana Entrepreneurship Program
Provide entrepreneurs with the tools to build vibrant local businesses

$12,500

Bead Town: Promoting Transformation thru Art
Purchase supplies, equipment, materials for Bead Town program at Gary Career Center; and give the artist a stipend to teach, assist, and work side by side with students until May 30, 2017

$25,000

Changing Lives and Changing Patterns, Inc.: School year Learning and Mentoring Programming
Provide free homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring, arts and music workshops to Lake County youth

$25,000

C-Lab: South Shore SOUP
Hold two community microfunding dinners in Lake County

$2,000

Dunes Dog Training: Pets N Vets Program
Update non-slip flooring and puppy training cages and invest in advertising costs, printed materials, signs and banners

$4,500

FAITH CDC: FAITH Farms
Expand a modest urban garden into a fully functioning farm

$5,000

Gary Shakespeare Company: Taking Our Show on the Road
Purchase a cargo trailer and chairs to make the show mobile

$6,350

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana: GirlSpace Northwest Indiana
Expand the Healthy Living component of GirlSpace Northwest Indiana at two school partner sites (one in Merrillville; one in Gary) to impact 75 at-risk girls.

$15,231

Hammond Education Foundation: The Blueprint for Collegiate Success
Create a community driven college access, readiness, and success initiative

$25,000

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry: "Meat" the Need 2016-2017
Process approximately 1,850 pounds of donated deer, large game, and livestock to provide over 7,400 meals to residents in need within Lake County

$2,500

Neighbors' Educational Opportunities: College, Career, and Workplace Readiness Project
Implement a Workplace Readiness Program in response to the demands of regional employers

$7,500

Pack Away Hunger, Inc.: NW Indiana Meal Packing Event
Volunteers at this event will package approximately 170,000 highly nutritious Nutri-Plenty meals. The meals will be distributed to Lake County food pantries.

$5,000

St. Joseph Carmelite Home: Independent Living
Provide girls 15 to 18 years old with programs in: personal hygiene, relationship management, grammar, etiquette, financial literacy and career planning

$11,250

St. Jude House: New Technology
Update computer and phone systems

$10,140

SAFE Coalition for Human Rights (SAFECHR): SAFEty for Survivors Program
A supportive group program for survivors and victims of human trafficking and violent crimes

$3,909

School City of Hobart Building Brickies: Mindfulness in the Classroom
Teach mindfulness in the classroom to help students learn about self-control

$8,004

White's Residential and Family Services: Our Community Cares Project
Enable the Crown Point office to provide respite care to foster parents overseeing 65 Lake County foster children

$13,650


2016: Spring Grant Cycle


Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative
Developing a sustainability plan for the organization as well as convene a research summit on the Wolf Lake watershed.

$2,355

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
The Hammond Neighborhood Site Based Mentoring Program will serve 20 third through sixth grade students from Frank O’Bannon Elementary School in Hammond through high impact one-to-one mentoring.

$5,000

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary
Constructing wheelchair ramps and perform home safety repairs for needy, elderly and/or disabled residents of Lake County in an attempt to keep them safely in their homes.

$10,000

City Life Center
Construction of the City Life Cafe to give Downtown, Emerson, Horace Mann, and the City of Gary at large opportunities to come together, learn, collaborate, and help in the revitalization of the city.

$24,450

Emma's Footprints
Providing CuddleCots to the six hospitals in Lake County giving support and comfort to families who have lost an infant. A CuddleCots system keeps the babies body cool allowing the baby to remain with the family thereby providing the family the gift of time with their child.

$23,191

Franciscan Alliance Foundation
Supporting the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) which provides for the well-being of seniors with chronic-care needs who live at home. PACE will provide assisted, door-through-door, transportation for participants in Dyer, Indiana.

$12,500

Franciscan Alliance Foundation
To support its expanding guardianship program Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults

$25,000

Gary International Black Film Festival
Supporting the 6th Annual Gary International Black Film Festival, a 3 day event featuring independent film, discussion and educational events throughout the year.

$5,000

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana Inc.
Repairing the new ReStore retail store's gutter system.

$12,500

Legacy Foundation
To provide training and Capacity Building Support to Lake County non-profits. Activities will include: training, grant writing workshops, organizational endowment building, social media contests, South Shore Funders Capacity Building, and Give Day.

$22,500

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana
Implementing a joint pilot program between Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana and Fresenius Medical Center (FMC) Gary Dialysis, Gary, Indiana.

$15,000

Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation, Inc.
For a computer system with cloud storage for sensitive client information.

$2,042

Northwest Indiana Paddling Association
Installing Indiana's second fully ADA compliant Canoe and Kayak launch at the Marquette Park lagoons in Gary, Indiana.

$25,000

Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council
Sponsorship of the 3rd annual recognition luncheon for World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans; the 1st annual holiday appreciation dinner for Veterans and Service Members in need, and the local National Guard division family Christmas events.

$2,000

One Region, Inc.
For Lake County's continued participation in the State of Indiana On My Way Pre-K Pilot Program.

$20,000

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky
Providing customized, evidence-based programming at Merrillville Intermediate School over one school year to address public concerns like unintended pregnancy, domestic violence and STDs.

$10,000

Portage Township YMCA
Extension of services into Lake County - specifically Lake Station, Indiana.

$10,000

REAL Services, Inc./Alzheimer's and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana
Sponsorship of a one day conference to help families and caregivers in their understanding of late stage Alzheimer's disease process, to help them find tools that help meet the patient’s and the caregivers needs, and to help them find peace and inner strength throughout their journey.

$2,000

Sojourner Truth House
For a Parenting Conference in September 2016 that will provide attendees with the tools to make positive parenting choices and decrease actions that may lead to neglect and abuse.

$6,250

Northwest Indiana Symphony Society, Inc.
Presenting a special Indiana Bicentennial edition of the South Shore Summer Music Festival with an all-Indiana program including Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Michael Jackson and more.

$13,500

St. Matthias Parish
Sustaining the Pick 7 Food Distribution where community members can pick 7 free food items from the available options.

$4,000

The First Tee of Hammond
Implementing life skills and healthy habits curriculum to more school-aged children in Lake County.

$10,000

Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Inc.
The Digital Literacy Community Outreach Program will reach at least 75 students to increase the students' technology, leadership, and teamwork skills; expose them to career paths, colleges/technical schools; and connect them to Lake County businesses/non-profits.

$14,000