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Transform Lake County Grant

Grants to Lake County, Indiana Nonprofits for Arts, Youth,
Education, Health, Human Services, and Environmental Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Legacy Foundation - Lake County Community Fund (LCCF)

Deadline Date:

11/01/17 6:00 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $25,000 to Lake County, Indiana nonprofit organizations, schools, religious organizations, civic organizations, and local governments to benefit the local community in a broad range of areas. Organizations must schedule a meeting with the funding source prior to submitting an application. Funding will be provided for proposals in areas such as, community development, education, health, human services, recreation, environment, youth development, and arts and culture. Priorities for each of these areas are outlined below.

Arts and Culture - To support programs and facilities that are designed to establish a diversified cultural program that offers widespread opportunities for participation and appreciation.

Community Development – To support programs related to community development, e.g. citizen involvement, leadership training, and general community programs and projects.

Education – To support projects and supplementary educational programs for pre-school, secondary and post-secondary students. (See limitations regarding direct funding for schools below.)

Environment – To support environmental education and activities which help to enhance and maintain a healthy environment.

Health – To support programs which have direct impact on the health of the community through education and treatment.

Human Services – To support human service programs which assist residents with day-to-day needs such as shelters, food and transportation; and programs that assist residents in becoming more self-sufficient and improving their quality of life.

Recreation – To provide opportunities in the community for leisure and family friendly activities.

Youth Development – to support the healthy growth, development, and activities of young people.

The proposed program should emphasize one or more of the Community Foundation’s grantmaking program areas, priorities, and values to:

- Create a sense of community through neighborhood outreach and involvement.
- Promote shared values, common interests, and collective action among groups.
- Strengthen the capacity of existing institutions to reach a broader segment of the community.
- Collaborate between two or more organizations or groups.
- Support neighborhood driven efforts.
- Provide an innovative response to a community need that does not unnecessarily duplicate other efforts.
- Provide opportunities to understand the value of diversity.
- Equip people to help themselves.
- Concentrate on prevention and education.

The Fund Foundation will fund nonprofit groups and partnerships proposing to conduct programs with schools:

- Partnerships between nonprofit groups and schools is most preferred when the partnership will benefit multiple schools in the school district.
- Partnerships between nonprofit groups and schools are preferred when the community can also benefit from the goals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175634

Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,000 - $25,000

Term of Contract:

Grants are typically made for activity undertaken in one year. Grant recipients may apply in future years for funding but are not given priority or guaranteed additional funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants from Legacy Foundation must meet legal and tax requirements and may be made only to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and qualifying programs. Schools, religious organizations, some civic organizations and local government units may be exempt from this requirement. In specific situations and with advance approval the Foundation may, from time to time, issue a grant to a non-°©‐501(c)(3) public charity or exempt organization for which it must undertake expenditure responsibility in order to meet legal and tax requirements.

What the Legacy Foundation does not fund:

- Organizations that are not 501c3.
- Grants to individuals .
- Scholarships.
- Any proposal that promotes a particular religion, political affiliation, or lobbying.
- A proposal that discriminates based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
- Post-event funding requests.
- Debt retirement.
- Fundraisers.
- Publications, film, audiovisual, or media materials produced for resale.
- Overnight Trips.
- Medical, Scientific, or academic research.
- Public, private, or charter schools, universities, or private academies.

The Legacy Foundation does not typically fund:

- Annual appeals, endowment funds, membership contributions or fundraising events
- Existing obligations, loans or debt retirement
- Long-term operating support
- Multi-year grants or repeat funding for the same project or program
- Medical, scientific or academic research
- Schools, universities and private academies unless there is a significant opportunity for community use or collaboration
- Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion or construction projects of churches and other religious institutions
- Political campaigns, advocacy or direct lobbying efforts by 501(c)(3) organizations
- Services commonly regarded as the responsibility of governmental agencies, such as fire and police protection
- Travel for individuals, bands, sports teams, classes and similar groups

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the grant guidelines.

Key Dates:

Application Opens: February 1, June 1, October 1
Application Due: March 1, July 1, November 1
Notification: End of April, End of August, End of December


Application Process:

1. Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI).
2. If the Foundation is interested in hearing more about your idea, they will contact your organization with additional, detailed questions to determine grantees.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

RSVP to the "Lunch and Learn" session by emailing Leslie Biggs at, or call 291-874-9296.

Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to Kelly Anoe at

Click here to apply online:

Schedule a meeting with the Legacy Foundation by sending an email to or calling 219-736-1880.

For questions about this application, please contact Kelly Baer at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Lake County