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Knight Foundation Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Indiana: Gary

Important Dates
LOI Date: 07/14/23
Deadline: 08/28/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for projects and programs that benefit residents in eligible locations. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended for activities that fall into the focus areas of civic engagement, improving public spaces, and building on assets. Projects must benefit the residents of Gary, with priority given to projects in the downtown area.

Knight Foundation works to inform and engage communities through three major types of work, all of which are intended to leverage existing resources and momentum:

  • Building on Assets: better connecting the community to key assets like universities, corporations, or nature.
  • Public Spaces: enhancing the public realm to be more connected and vibrant.
  • Civic Engagement: breaking down barriers between residents and decision-makers; engaging underrepresented communities in civic life and leadership roles.

Knight supports Gary’s goals for talent attraction and retention, economic opportunity in the downtown and nearby communities, and mitigating population loss. The Foundation invests in this core city vibrancy by supporting entrepreneurship, creative solutions for blight reduction, and places that bridge economic divides.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization OR government entity (such as schools, hospitals, libraries)
- In good standing with the IRS
- Projects that are geographically focused on Gary, Indiana
- Projects focusing on downtown Gary (the area around 5th and Broadway) will be given priority for Knight Funding.

Ineligible Applicants and Projects Include:
- Individuals
- Businesses/For-Profit Companies
- Inherently religious activities such as religious worship, instruction, or proselytization or activities that promote specific religious doctrine
- Associations for activities directly benefiting their members
- Requests for partisan political or lobbying activities
- Fundraising
- Debt
- Capital Campaigns or endowment building
- Medical research

Pre-Application Information
Organizations interested in applying for a Knight Foundation grant should submit a letter of interest form to Legacy Foundation by 5 PM Central on July 14, 2023.

Those selected to submit a full application will be notified by July 28, 2023, and will have until August 28, 2023, to submit a full application.

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request up to $100,000.

Contact Information
Submit the LOI:

Questions may be directed to Edward Vega, Sr. at or 219-736-1880.

Knight Foundation
370 E. 84th Drive, Suite 100
Merrillville, IN 46410

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