Legacy Foundation and Indiana Black Expo Partner to Provide Small Business Relief Funds to Gary and East Chicago

By: Legacy Foundation Last Updated: September 15, 2020

WHAT: Leaders from Legacy Foundation, Indiana Black Expo, City of Gary, City of East Chicago, and South Shore Neighborhood Development Corporation will gather Wednesday, September 16 for a press conference at the B. Coleman Aviation Hangar to launch the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund. The partners will announce application guidelines, deadlines and how to submit.

WHY: There is an urgent need for assistance to sustain Gary and East Chicago small businesses with their immediate financial challenges as a result of a demonstrated economic injury due to COVID-19. With funding from Legacy Foundation, Indiana Black Expo, and the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund will provide one-time grants ranging from $2,500-$5,000 per business.  Priority will be given to minority and woman owned businesses.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 16 at 2:30 pm CDT

WHERE: B. Coleman Aviation Hangar, 5701 Airport Road, Gary, IN 46406  


  • Carolyn Saxton, President, Legacy Foundation
  • Mayor Jerome Prince, City of Gary
  • Mayor Anthony Copeland, City of East Chicago
  • Tanya McKinzie, President & CEO, Indiana Black Expo
  • Chuck Hughes, Board of Directors, Indiana Black Expo
  • Gisele Carter, Gary Representative, Indiana Black Expo

About Legacy Foundation

Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation that supports the passions of philanthropic individuals, organizations, and businesses in Lake County, Ind. Through the generosity of many donors, Legacy has awarded more than $40 million to charitable causes since its founding in 1992. With a deep knowledge of local issues, we work creatively across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to address challenges throughout Lake County. For more information, visit www.legacyfdn.org.