Each year, the Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) awards General Operating Grants to programs and organizations whose missions align with FEC’s goal; to benefit the people of East Chicago. Recipients of these grants can use the funding for various operating expenses from facility work to supplies to services provided to East Chicagoans in need. FEC receives many applications for General Operating Grants each year and, this year, had more applicants than funds to give. Some of the organizations and programs that were selected to receive FEC assistance in 2016 are:
-East Chicago Fitness Center: The fitness center will be able to provide certified Fitness Instructors to help East Chicago residents improve their health, thus improving their self-worth and motivation to contribute more in the East Chicago community.
-East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School: The grant will be used toward supplies for administrators, teachers and students at the school.
-East Chicago Police Citizens Academy: This program allows citizens to interact with officers and others in the community while giving them an idea of what ECPD officers do and handle daily.
-East Chicago Sports Hall of Fame, Inc.: The grant will be used to purchase display cases for plaques honoring those in the city of East Chicago who have made outstanding athletic achievements.
-Faith Temple COGIC/Community Outreach Ministry (COM): These organizations work to better the community of East Chicago through public education and youth services. The funds will be used towards the operation of these various programs.
-Faithworld Christian Center: This East Chicago place of worship will use the grant money for improvements to the church building.
-Feed My Sheep Resource Center, Inc.: This organization helps citizens of East Chicago develop self-sufficiency skills and will be using the grant to carry out its various programs.
-First Baptist Church: This church will be using the grant money for supplies, administrative costs and facility improvements.
For more information on FECs 2016 grant recipients, visit foundationsec.org.