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2022 General Operating Overview

General Grant Information

The Foundations of East Chicago defines an operating budget as funding 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 available on-line beginning August 2, 2021.
  • Applications are due August 23, 2021.
  • An application received after the deadline will be ineligible for funding.
  • Award announcements will be released late October 2021.

2022 General Operating Grant Application is now closed. 


All organizations must submit their 2020 and 2021 Organization’s Operating Budget. (Click here for the 2020 and 2021 Organization’s Operating Budget form).  You can modify this form to meet your needs.

Or you can use your own 2020 and 2021 Operating Budget already approved by your Board of Directors.


Maximum request amount


If awarded, the following must be met:

  • All funds must be used between January 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022.
  • All expenditures must be supported by financial documentation.
  • Any funds expended after August 31, 2022 will not be reimbursed.
  • Maximum of one submission per 501(c)3.
  • Municipalities or governmental taxing bodies are not eligible to apply.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • A recognized 501(c)3 agency in good standing with the IRS
  • Registered with the State of Indiana
  • Good standings with the Foundations of East Chicago

Please note, applications that do not meet ALL of the above listed criteria will be disqualified.


  1. If applicable, all information must be properly entered and submitted by the deadline date. The following attachments must be provided:
    • Request for Capital Improvements over $10,000 should include two proposals from independent contractors. Must also provide proof that contractors are licensed and bonded.
    • If requesting computers, printers or any equipment, please provide proof of cost.
    • 2020 and 2021 Operating Budget.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

     2. Organizations that operate out of a “Home Office,” are not eligible for funding.

CPA – must be certified – show proof Workshops
Contractors – must be licensed and bonded Conferences
Lease, mortgage and rent       Speaker fees
General maintenance & property repairs                      Funds to obtain a 501 ( c )3
Office supplies/PPE supplies                                       Salaries, wages, and stipends 
Utilities  Landscaping
Telephone Membership fees
Permit Fees Storage rental
Computers, Printers & Software Billboards/advertising/flyers/


Web maintenance Food   
Internet Van Purchase
Equipment Furniture
  Cell phones
  Consulting Fees
  Home office


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 Janet Wozniak, for more information.

Failure to do or follow the above will automatically disqualify the application.                                                         

2021 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 2021 calendar year.

The following organizations were awarded General Operating grants for 2021. The total award amount: $339,761.00.

  • Catholic Charities
  • Community Fellowship Outreach Ministry
  • Communities in Schools of East Chicago, Inc.
  • First 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
  • Healthy East Chicago, Inc.
  • Iglesias Cristiana Pentecostes
  • International Community Alliance
  • Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana
  • Meek Ministries of Christ, Inc.
  • Mental Health America of Lake County, Inc.
  • New Horizons Child Care Ministry, Inc.
  • New Life Outreach Church Ministries, Inc.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
  • Joseph’s Carmelite Home
  • Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Saint Mary Church
  • Saint Stanislaus Church
  • Saint Stanislaus School
  • Salvation Army East Chicago
  • Teens in Action, Inc.
  • The Crossing National, Inc.
  • Top 20, Inc.
  • Witnessing Church of God in Christ




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