Community Foundation Awards over $190,000 in Transform Lake County Grants to Nonprofit Organizations

By: Legacy Foundation Last Updated: August 22, 2016

legacy-foundation-logoLegacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation, awards $190,534 in Transform Lake County grants during its summer grant cycle. Eighteen nonprofit agencies received funding to address a variety of needs such as work readiness, hunger relief, access to health and education, and trauma therapy.

“The grant review committee put a lot of time into reviewing each application and exploring community needs in order to engage in strategic grantmaking that supports organizations in creating lasting, positive change,” said Kelly Anoe, Legacy Foundation vice president.

One of this year’s grantees – St. Joseph Carmelite – will use their grant to provide girls 15 to 18 years old with education in personal hygiene, relationship management, grammar, etiquette, financial literacy and career planning. The residential treatment center and emergency shelter houses on average 80 children from birth to age 18 on a daily basis. Children receive services from onsite nurses, speech and physical therapists, counselors and child-care providers.

Another grant recipient, Dunes Dog Training Club, teaches U.S. Military Veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) to obedience train their own dogs, resulting in better companion animals, emotional support animals, therapy dogs, and/or service dogs.

“This was a very competitive grant cycle,” said Anoe. “We had a lot of high quality applications, which demonstrates the power of nonprofits working together to create a stronger Lake County.” In this summer grant cycle, 31 nonprofits applied for over $487,000 in funding to support their programs or general operations.

The following organizations were awarded Transform Lake County grants in Legacy Foundation’s 2016 summer cycle:
Accion Chicago; Bead Town; Changing Lives and Changing Patterns, Inc; C-Lab; Dunes Dog Training; FAITH CDC; Gary Shakespeare Company; Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana; Hammond Education Foundation; Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry; Neighbors' Educational Opportunities; Pack Away Hunger, Inc.; SAFE Coalition for Human Rights; St. Joseph Carmelite Home; School City of Hobart Building Brickies; St. Jude House; White's Residential and Family Services

A complete list of the grant programs and amounts can be found on the Legacy Foundation website:

The next 2016 Transform Lake County grant cycle will open October 1 and close November 1.The Legacy Foundation Grants Committee reviews submitted applications and recommends grant awards for approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.