Foundations of East Chicago: General Operating Grants

Foundations of East Chicago

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Grant amount: Up to C $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 26, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Conference, Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense

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.

General Operating Grants

General Operating grant awards are made to provide one time supplemental funding to a qualified agency that has demonstrated a budget shortfall. Funds are restricted to operating expenses outside of salaries and must be used for designated purposes as detailed in the grant application.  

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.


  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • 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.
  • Budget items may include the following:
    • Capital improvements (roofing, furnace, air, building repairs –restricted to organizations located in East Chicago and ONLY if organization owns the building) ;
    • Office Expenses (i.e. Supplies, equipment) ;
    • Accounting expenses ;
    • License Fees ;
    • Maintenance and repairs (i.e. snow removal, trash removal, janitorial service, pest control, and lawn care) (restricted to organizations located in East Chicago) ;
    • Advertising ;
    • Attorney/legal fees ;
    • Utilities and Insurance ;
    • Rent/mortgage payments (restricted to organizations located in East Chicago) ;
    • Conference expenses.


  • Municipalities or governmental taxing bodies are not eligible to apply. 
  • If your organization operates out of a “Home Office” (i.e. a structure that also houses a private residence) you cannot request funding for the following items:
    • Rental expenses
    • Utility costs
    • Capital improvements to your office space
    • Computers, office equipment or furniture that is kept within a home office.
    • Administrative and staff salaries
    • Paid Volunteers