Lake County foundations distribute over $107,000 during first week of COVID-19 grantmaking

Legacy Foundation, Crown Point Community Foundation, and Foundations of East Chicago met Monday to award $107,759 in emergency grants to nonprofit organizations serving Lake County, Indiana. The Foundations are collaborating to support charities whose clients and services have been most impacted by the health and economic consequences of COVID-19.

The awarded organizations include: 219 Health Network, Inc., Beachfront Dance School, Best Buddies Indiana, Catholic Charities Diocese of Gary, Chicagoland Immigrant Welcome Network, CRWorks, Inc., East Chicago MOMS Taking Charge, Foodbank of Northwest Indiana, Franciscan Health Foundation, Goodwill LEADS Inc., Hanover Township, Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, The Salvation Army of Lake County, St. Jude House, and YWCA of Northwest Indiana.

The grants cover a wide range of services, such as protective equipment for healthcare workers, meal delivery and distribution, sanitation supplies, housing assistance, and childcare.

Applications to the emergency fund are accepted on a rolling basis, with a weekly deadline of Sunday by midnight. Representatives from the foundations meet each week by phone to review new submissions and make funding decisions. The number of future grant awards will be dependent on the money raised through the foundations’ emergency response funds and the evolving needs over time.

Donate online or by check to support the emergency grants. Gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. No gift is too small, and every dollar contributed will provide services to Lake County, Indiana communities.

The next weekly deadline to apply is Sunday, April 5 by midnight. Interested organizations can see eligibility criteria and access the grant application online at Legacy Foundation's Website.