The Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) has been awarding grants to community nonprofits for 21 years with the mission of “supporting local schools, churches, municipal agencies, and nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in East Chicago.” Each year, the organization’s General Operating grants program strives to make a greater impact for East Chicagoans.

FEC recently announced the organizations that will be receiving a total of $373,830 in General Operating grants for 2018. These recipients were chosen because they are recognized 501(c)3 organizations in good standing with the IRS and FEC and have demonstrated a budget shortfall. General Operating grants are to be used for operating costs outside of salaries as the organizations detailed in their applications. Additionally, the organizations must directly serve the community of East Chicago.

Those who received 2018 General Operating grants are as follows:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of NWI
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary
  • Communities in Schools of East Chicago
  • Compassion in Action
  • Concerned Calumet Citizens Committee
  • East Chicago Citizens Police Academy
  • East Chicago Education Foundation
  • Faith World Christian Center
  • First Baptist Church
  • Grace Beyond Borders
  • Grace Missionary Baptist Church
  • Greater Destiny Bible Church
  • Healthy East Chicago
  • Holy Trinity Croatian Church
  • Hospice of the Calumet Area
  • Iglesia Cristiana Pentecostes
  • Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal M.I.
  • Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center
  • Indiana Sailing Association
  • JE Wade Ministries
  • Ministerio Torre Fuerte
  • Mission of Jesus Christ
  • New Horizons Child Care Ministry
  • New Second Baptist Church
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
  • Robertson Child Development
  • St. Luke AME Church
  • St. Nicholas Romanian Catholic Church
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church
  • St. Stanislaus Church
  • Safe Haven Ministries Corporation
  • St. Joseph Carmelite Home for Girls
  • St. Stanislaus School
  • Teens in Action
  • The Nazareth Home
  • The Salvation Army
  • Top 20
  • Xel-Ha Escuela De Danza

To learn more about FEC’s grant programs and recipients, visit

Foundations of East Chicago Awards $373,000 to NWI Nonprofits