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Lake County’s Community Foundation Awards over $548,000 to 34 Organizations

Friday, December 17, 2021
Legacy staff, Erica Fizer, Carolyn Saxton and Kelly Anoe (far right) with ASW Foundation founder Aaliyah Stewart

Legacy Foundation, the community foundation for Lake County, Indiana, recently announced a round of funding totaling $548,270 to 34 organizations. Legacy Foundation’s mission is to build philanthropy in the region.

The fall grant cycle began in October 2021 and closed November 2021. Legacy Foundation’s grants committee recommends awards through a competitive application and review process. Legacy’s Board of Directors approves the committee’s grant recommendations in December. Grants are awarded across multiple service areas, including arts, health, inclusion and diversity, public safety, senior services, and youth.

“Nonprofits continue to serve our communities through tough times, and often the demand for their services increases,” said Legacy Foundation Vice President Kelly Anoe. “We are fortunate to be able to support organizations helping Lake County’s residents and neighborhoods when they need it most.”

The fall 2021 grant recipients are:

  1. ASW Foundation
  2. Beachfront Dance School
  3. Building Leaders Advancing Community Knowledge
  4. Building Our Future
  5. Center for Independent Documentary
  6. Center for Possibilities
  7. Challenger Learning Center of NWI
  8. Community Help Network
  9. Dunes Dog Training
  10. Force for Good
  11. Franciscan Health Foundation
  12. Gary Historical and Cultural Society
  13. Gary Public Transportation Corporation
  14. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
  15. Hands of Hope Adoption & Orphan Care Ministry
  16. Hope Christian Church
  17. In-Pact
  18. Indiana University Northwest
  19. IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy
  20. Lake County Community Services
  21. Lake County Fire Chiefs Association
  22. MAKS Corp
  23. Maria Reiner Center
  24. Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse
  25. Pink Ribbon Society
  26. Rise NWI
  27. South Shore Dance Alliance
  28. South Shore Neighborhood Development Corporation
  29. The MAAC Foundation
  30. Town of Griffith Parks and Recreation Department
  31. Urban League of Northwest Indiana
  32. Wabash Center
  33. Wheelchair Ramp Ministry
  34. White’s Residential and Family Services

Legacy Foundation’s fall grants awards combine funding from four programs: Transform Lake County, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund, and Thriving Hobart Seniors, and Women in Philanthropy.

The Transform Lake County program focuses on the most pressing challenges facing Lake County. Knight Foundation funding seeks to build on resources and assets in downtown Gary to create informed and engaged citizens. Funds for the Thriving Hobart Seniors program are concentrated on increasing quality of life for senior citizens in Hobart. Women in Philanthropy funding focused on reducing barriers to accessing healthcare and promoting economic empowerment.

Learn more about Legacy’s grant opportunities at

Legacy Foundation Inc. 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 $50 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. The foundation manages $84 million in assets and is governed by a diverse volunteer board of directors. For more information, visit






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