Legacy Foundation opens phase 2 of COVID-19 response grants

Legacy Foundation opens phase 2 of COVID-19 response grants

Phase two of Legacy Foundation’s response to COVID-19 is a 3-part strategy that aims to build the leadership capacity of local nonprofit organizations, support creative ideas for addressing disparities in our communities, and improve the ability of community partners to take on future disasters. The approach includes:

  • Nonprofit Staff and Board Training Scholarships
  • Innovative Response Grants
  • Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants

Grants and training scholarships are for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations providing services in Lake County, Indiana.

Nonprofit staff and board training scholarships

Nonprofit Staff and Board Training Scholarships

Partnering with the IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy, Legacy Foundation will offer scholarships that will cover 75% of the tuition for online training for staff and board members of Lake County nonprofit organizations. Scholarships will be offered on a competitive basis. Priority will be given to minority applicants.

Available training sessions:

  • Developing Major Gifts (upcoming deadline, July 6!)
  • Developing Annual Sustainability
  • Fundraising for Small Nonprofits
  • Proposal Writing and Grant Management
  • Principles & Techniques of Fundraising

Find course descriptions and application due dates here.

Innovative response grants

Submit for an Innovative COVID-19 Response Grant of up to $50,000. Requests must focus on meeting the needs of communities and populations whose health and/or financial situations have been most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been historically marginalized and under-served in our country.

The “innovation” can be in the design, implementation, or outcome of your program/service. Some examples may include:

  • a change in your normal practice or approach to problem-solving
  • the implementation of a new system or partnership that helps you improve services or reach a new audience
  • the addition of a program or service that adds value to your clients or brings new information into the organization
  • replicating a program or service that has worked well in other locations

Do you have a bold solution for addressing disparities in service delivery that exist in communities of color?

To find innovative response grant eligibility and to apply, please go here.

Nonprofit capacity building grants

Lake County foundations (Legacy Foundation, Crown Point Community Foundation, and Foundations of East Chicago) partner to build nonprofit capacity. Grants will cover the cost of plans for emergency preparedness or strategic restructuring, up to $5,000.

Grants for emergency preparedness are intended to assist organizations in being better equipped to work remotely, communicate with supporters digitally, or bring on consultants for preparedness assessments. Plans may be for natural disasters, health pandemics, active shooter training or another emergency.  

Many nonprofits may be dealing with decreased revenue and be looking to merge or share parts of their operations, such as space or administrative functions, to reduce costs. The strategic restructuring grants are intended to support organizations as they assess, negotiate, design, and/or implement more effective and efficient programs and procedures.

Three deadlines to submit a capacity building grant:

  • July 20
  • August 10
  • August 31

To apply for a capacity building grant. please go here.

Phase 1 recap

Legacy Foundation partnered with Crown Point Community Foundation and Foundations of East Chicago to jointly accept and review applications and award grants from the Lake County COVID-19 Response Fund. Phase one, which ran from March 30-May 18, responded to the immediate needs of nonprofits that were working to address the impacts of COVID-19 in Lake County. Grant assistance totaled $356,000 and covered food, childcare, personal protective equipment, technology, educational materials, rent/utility assistance, and medical needs.

Graph of covid 1 recap, Legacy Foundation,