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2024 General Operating Overview

General Grant Information

The Foundations of East Chicago defines an operating budget as the funds an organization needs for daily operating expenses during a calendar or fiscal year. That includes allocations for office equipment, supplies, utilities, rent/mortgage payments and all other expenses associated with the daily operation of an organization.

  • Applications will be available on-line beginning July 31, 2023.
  • Applications are due August 21, 2023.
  • An application received after the deadline will be ineligible for funding.
  • Award announcements will be released late October 2023. 



All organizations must submit their 2022 and 2023 Organization’s Operating Budget. (Click here for the 2022 and 2023 Organization’s Operating Budget form).

 You can modify this form to meet your needs, or you can use your own 2022 and 2023 Operating Budget already approved by your Board of Directors.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • A recognized 501(c)3 agency in good standing with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).
  • In good standing with the Foundations of East Chicago.
  • Maximum of one submission per 501 (c) 3.
  • Municipalities or governmental taxing bodies are not eligible to apply.
  • Organizations that operate out of a “Home Office,” are not eligible to apply.

Applications not meeting all the above-listed criteria are automatically disqualified.



Maximum amount requested cannot exceed $10,000.

  • The following attachments are required:
    • Capital Improvements over $10,000 must include two proposals from independent contractors.
    • If requesting computers, printers, or any equipment, please provide quotes/estimates of cost. Computers can only be requested once every 3 years.
    • Organization’s 2022 and 2023 Operating Budget.

 If awarded, the following conditions must be met:

  • All funds must be spent between January 1, 2024 – August 31, 2024.
  • All expenditures must be supported by financial documentation.
  • All receipts submitted must be dated prior to or on August 31, 2024.

All information must be detailed. Incomplete narratives or descriptions of budget items and any other required information left blank/unanswered will disqualify this application.

Service providers (i.e., CPA, IT, Web design and maintenance) Speaker fees, workshops, and conferences
Contractors – must be licensed and bonded Funds to obtain a 501 (c) 3
Lease, mortgage, and rent (ONLY FOR EAST CHICAGO BASED NONPROFITS)     Salaries, wages, consulting fees, and stipends
General maintenance & minor Property Repairs (i.e., light bulbs, air filter, and furnace maintenance)                  Landscaping and marquees
Basic Office Supplies (i.e., pens, pencils, paper, ink, stapler/staples, scissors, note pads, and paper clips)                                  Membership fees and cell phones
PPE Supplies (i.e., gloves, face masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, and Lysol) Storage rental and home office
Utilities, telephone, internet, and water bills Billboards/advertising/flyers/newspaper/


Office Equipment Purchases/Lease (i.e., fax machines, copiers, furniture, and calculators) Storage rental
  Van Purchase


Note: This is not an all-inclusive list. Other items may be excluded.

You must use the same wording that is used under “Considered Expenditures” throughout your application.

Note: Other funding restrictions may apply.  Please contact Raquel Avila, for more information.


2024 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.  Grants must be used during the 2024 calendar year.

The following organizations were awarded General Operating grants for 2024. The total award amount: $235,740.00.

  • Boys & Girls Club of NWI, Inc.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary, IN
  • Communities in Schools of East Chicago, Inc.
  • First Baptist Church, Inc.
  • Friendship Baptist Church, Inc.
  • God’s Word in Action Ministries International
  • Grace Beyond Borders NWI, Inc.
  • Grace Missionary Baptist Church of East Chicago, Inc.
  • Greater Destiny Bible Church
  • Greater First Baptist Church of East Chicago
  • Haven House, Inc.
  • Holy Trinity Croatian Church
  • Humane Indiana, Inc.
  • Iglesia Cristiana Pentecostes, Inc.
  • Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Inc.
  • Mental Health America of Lake County, Inc.
  • Missions of Jesus Christ Non-Denominational Church
  • New Horizons Child Care Ministry, Inc.
  • New Life Outreach Church
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
  • Robertson Child Development Center, Inc.
  • Safe Coalition for Human Rights, Inc.
  • Saint Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Saint Mary’s Church
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church
  • St. Stanislaus Church
  • St. Stanislaus School
  • Teens in Action, Inc.
  • The New Twin City Ministerial Alliance, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army East Chicago
  • Top 20, Inc.
  • We Care from the Heart, Inc. 




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