FEC Program Grants

Foundations of East Chicago

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Grant amount: Up to US $35,000

Deadline: Jan 10, 2020 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Lake County, Indiana

Location of residency: Lake County, Indiana

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Foundations of East Chicago

Our Mission is to support local schools, churches, municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in East Chicago.

To advance this mission, the Foundations of East Chicago will provide financial support through educational assistance in the form of scholarships; the awarding of grants that are strategic to achieve our objectives and by our service and leadership within the community.

The goals we set for FEC as a result of the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan include three critical community priorities:

  • Education/Job Training
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Community Enrichment

Program Grants

Program grants - are annual grants that are directed to support specific programs that meet FEC priorities. Programs must have a definitive plan with measurable outcomes and must have an operational plan that demonstrates potential for success.

The Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) is proud to announce over $500,000 in grant funding to local nonprofits that are making a difference in our community. Grant recipients are selected based on applications submitted during the program grant round that support at least one of FEC’s focus areas:

Education/Job Training

  • Non-school time programs (before/after hours, youth programming)
  • Educational advancement and life skills 
  • Build and improve relationships with schools regarding scholarship and educational opportunities
  • New or expanded vocational programs at IVY Tech Community College, Calumet College of Saint Joseph, etc. 
  • Parent/community development and training (offered by nonprofits)
  • ESL Programming
  • Adult education/GED
  • College Prep
  • PCAT, SAT preparation or similar
  • Early childhood education/pre-k
  • Extended summer programs
  • Mentoring and tutoring programs
  • Special needs program support


  • Awareness and preventative programming
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Life subsistence
  • Food pantry
  • Heating assistance
  • Parenting
  • Senior care
  • Day care
  • Drug abuse & recovery programs


  • Emergency preparedness
  • Homelessness
  • Police/community relations
  • Crime watch
  • Violence - gang, domestic, child abuse, bullying

Community Enrichment

  • Fine Arts and enrichment programs
  • Community & cultural events
  • Music and festival support
  • Recreational & youth sports

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • A recognized 501 (c)(3) agency in good standing with the IRS and registered in the state of Indiana.
  • In good standing with the Foundations of East Chicago.
  • Maximum of one submission per 501 (c) (3).
  • Every applicant must identify where their program falls with respect to FEC Impact Areas, i.e., Education, Health and Safety or Community Enrichment. You can only select one. Please see the attached table.