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 2021 Program Grants:

Program Grant – are annual grants that are directed to support specific programs that meet FEC priorities.  Programs must have a definitive plan with measurable outcomes and must have an operational plan that demonstrates potential for success.

  • Applications available on-line beginning December 1, 2020.
  • Applications are due January 11, 2021.
  • An application received after the deadline will be ineligible for funding.
  • Award announcements will be released late March 2021.
  • Funding request cannot exceed $35,000.

2021 Program Grant Handouts

Please review the following documents before accessing any of the 2021 program grant information.

The program grant cycle is very competitive process.  Please fill out the application form completely and accurately.  Don’t forget to attach all the required documentation.

Applications submitted without the required attachments/documents will be automatically denied.

Applications not filled out completely (i.e. narratives not corresponding to the program’s budget:  an incomplete or incorrect budget, unanswered questions, incorrect contact information, etc.) will be considered incomplete and automatically denied.

To apply for the 2021 Program Grant Application, please (Click here for the 2021 Program Grant Application)

Program Grant Application


All organizations must submit their 2019 and 2020 Organization’s Operating Budget. (Click here for the 2019 and 2020 Organization’s Operating Budget form).  You can modify this form to meet your needs.

Or you can use your own 2019 and 2020 Operating Budget already approved by your Board of Directors.

All organizations must submit a 2021 Program Grant Budget.  (Click here for the 2021 Program Grant Budget form)

2021 Program Grant Information

Questions related to any grant processes and procedures can be addressed to Janet Wozniak, or Raquel Avila,


Maximum grant request:  $35,000.00.

  • If awarded all funds must be used between:  April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022.  All expenditures must be supported by financial documentation. 

Maximum of one submission per 501 (c) (3).

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.

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

Important Things to Know

This is a very competitive process.  All information and attachments must be properly entered and submitted by the deadline date.  Failure to do so will automatically disqualify the application.

If your program will take place within any of the East Chicago Schools or clubs, and MOU or letter of approval from the Principal/Superintendent or lead administrator must accompany the application.

Along with the application you must submit your organization’s 2019 and 2020 Operating Budget and the 2021 Program budget.

  • The Operating Budget is the financial statement that is submitted annually for approval by the nonprofit organization's Board of Directors. It is a projection of Income and Expenses for the organization's fiscal year.
  • The Program Budget calculates the resources required to carry out the program or project which is being proposed for funding.

Please note that your Organization’s Operating budget should include any and all income and expenses including grant revenue received from the Foundations of East Chicago or any other entity. 

The Program Budget section is the backbone of the grant proposal. Some grant reviewers turn right to the budget before even reading the proposal to see what the money will be used for. Program activities must drive the budget. The program narrative should match the budget perfectly. There should be no “surprises” in a budget; cost estimates should be credible and realistic; inflated budgets will damage your credibility with the grant reviewer; the use of the word “Miscellaneous” in the line item description is not accepted.

Third party in-kind contributions are goods and services that are donated to the project by individuals or organizations. In-kind contributions can include salaried staff time, volunteer hours, office space, use of equipment for administrative or programmatic purposes, and materials donated (e.g., for publicity, promotion or evaluation). In-kind goods and services are typically goods and services that your organization would have to otherwise buy if they hadn't been donated.  Applicants should determine the fair market value of these contributions and include in the program grant budget.

Wages cannot exceed 5% of total grant award.

Fees associated to contractors, instructors and stipends cannot exceed 30% of the grant.  Names of individuals providing services and their credentials must be included in the line item description.

2020 Program Grant

The Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) is proud to announce over $497,130.75 in grant funding to local nonprofits that are making a difference in our community.  Grant recipients were selected based on applications submitted during the program grant round that support at least one of FEC’s focus areas:  educational/job training, community enrichment, health and safety.

This was a competitive process and the 2020 grant awards best reflect the vision and mission of FEC focused on enriching the lives of East Chicago residents of all ages.  We are thrilled at the level of interest and the quality of the grant requests we received.  This year’s grants were chosen from among 43 applications submitted requesting over $1,114,894.78 in funding requests.

Agencies selected addressed a broad range of community needs including the arts, education, job training, resources for food, and shelter and healthy living.  We encourage everyone to join us in supporting these grantees as they strive to make a difference in our community.

The Foundations of East Chicago awarded grants to the following organizations:

Education & Job Training –

Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, Inc. – Engaging Youth in 21st Century and Employability Skills through Experiential Education Stimulations.  In partnership with the School City will provide hands-on experiential simulated education programs for 6th grade students at Harrison and Lincoln Elementary.   For additional information, please contact Lara Bates at 219-989-3250 or by email at  Or visit their website at

East Chicago Urban Enterprise Academy, Inc. – Camp Tecumseh:  Foundations for Success.  In this outdoor classroom, students are challenged to negotiate tricky group dynamics, solve complex puzzles, and think on their feet while developing empathy for others.   For additional information, please contact Veronica Eskew at 219-392-3650 or by email at   Or visit their website at

Grace Missionary Baptist Church of East Chicago, Inc. – Grace Computers and Black History.  This program strives to assist seniors to update their post-secondary education through the use of computers as well as interest more adults in becoming more familiar with Black History. For additional information, please contact Marcia Smith-Woodard at 317-809-6712 or by email at

Ivy Tech Foundation, Inc. – I Have Promise! Program. This program aims to inspire students to pursue a career within the health care sector or as a first responder.  For additional information, please contact Cindy Hall at 219-476-4710 or by email at  Or visit their website at

Mental Health America of Lake County, Inc. – Ready to Soar East Chicago – School Readiness Academy. This program is a school readiness and transition program for incoming kindergarten children, their parents and their schools.  For additional information, please contact Kimberly Smith at 219-671-1579 or by email at  Or visit their website at

Mission of Jesus Christ Non-Denominational Church – Alternatives to Bridging the Gap (Alternatives).  The goal of Alternatives is to provide an array of opportunities for children and young adults designed to enhance their overall educational and emotional growth. Alternatives will have six major components: Summer School, After School, Always Providing Promise, The Garden, Cultural Experiences and Dreams for Girls/Hope for Boys.  For additional information, please contact Eric Dahl at 219-677-2810 or by email at

New Twin City Alliance – Youth Empowerment Project (YEP).  Participants will work in jobs over eight weeks in the summer as determined by various supervisors. For additional information, please contact Eric Dahl at 219-677-2810 or by email at

Purdue University – Scholarship support for East Chicago students to attend the 2020 PNW Environmental Science Summer Camp. For one week in late June, students will participate in laboratory and field activities under the supervision of PNW faculty. For additional information, please contact Daniel Suson at 219-989-2375 or by email at  Or visit their website at

Teens in Action, Inc – Math, Reading and Coding Camp and Extension. Teens in Action will continue their annual math reading and coding camp.  For additional information, please contact Bridgette Spann-Edwards at 219-397-5117 or by email at Or visit their website at

United Charitable – Athletes for Charity – STEM Education, Literacy & Mentoring Programs.  The following six programs will be offered:  STEM+Literacy Program at Lincoln and Harrison Elementary schools, Girls+STEM Squads, Boys+STEM Squads, Youth & Family Engagement Zones, Men of East Chicago Youth Mentoring Program and Youth Bible Mentoring Program.  For additional information, please contact Cathleen Laporte at 917-714-2131 or by email at  Or visit their website at

Health & Safety –

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary, Inc. – Safe Haven-Homeless Prevention & Immigration Services. This program helps East Chicago residents against possible hardship or adversity by providing essential basic needs to the residents of East Chicago.  For more information, please contact LaShawn Jones-Taylor at 219-886-3549 or by email at  Or visit their website at

First Baptist Church, Inc. – Break the Silence Stop the Violence.  This program is designed to bring awareness to our youth and build trust with the law enforcement community.  The program stresses the importance of community involvement to minimize crime in our neighborhoods.  For more information, please contact Pastor Douglas Sloss at 317-724-9632 or by email at  Or visit their website at

Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana, Inc. – Empowering East Chicago Girls.  This program uses running and other physical activities as a platform for teaching life skills and promoting holistic health outcomes for girls in grades 3rd – 8th.  For additional information, please contact Jacqueline Weber at 219-775-7246 or by email at  Or visit their website at

Grace Beyond Borders NWI, Inc. – Ready Life – Ending Homelessness.  This program is designed to better assist individuals and families with repositioning out of homelessness or near homelessness situations.  For additional information, please contact Marcus Martin at 219-712-5192 or by email at  Or visit their website at

Guild of the St. Josephs Home – Getting Clothing/Toys for Kids at the Carmelite Home.  Funds will be used to purchase needed items for the children at the home.  For additional information, please contact Sara Augustine at 219-331-4861 or by email at

Healthlinc, Inc. – Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer. Healthlinc will utilize the funds to continue to cover the cost of colonoscopies for uninsured patients who have an abnormal Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) kit result.  For additional information, please contact Christina Serrano at 219-413-5100 or by email at Or visit their website at

Healthy East Chicago, Inc. – East Chicago MOMS Taking Charge.  Provide comprehensive support services to the women that come to Moms Taking Charge so they can guarantee a safe and healthy environment for themselves and their children.  For additional information, please contact Joy Berry at 219-670-4118 or by email at

Meals on Wheels of NWI, Inc. – Medically Appropriate Meal Delivery to Improve Compliance and Health Outcomes of East Chicago Residents with Diabetes.  In collaboration with 219 Health Network, St. Catherine and Foundations of East Chicago, Meals on Wheels will improve the health of 25 food-insecure, low-income East Chicago residents with diabetes. For additional information, please contact Rachel Hurst at 219-756-3663 or by email at  Or visit their website at

Witnessing Community Development Corp – 2 Hearts 1 Beat Marriage Seminar.   This program will provide workshops which will discuss spiritual war fare, how to be an understanding husband and wife, building trust in marriage, etc.   For additional information, please contact Carolyn Cobb at 219-455-9602 or by email at

Community Enrichment

Bishop Noll Institute – Bishop Noll Institute Summer Enrichment Program.  A unique program offering educational opportunities for children from preschool through 8th grade.  Children will have the opportunity to strengthen their math and science skills along with developing a competitive edge in their athletic program.  For additional information, please contact Mary Ellen O’Neill at 219-932-9058 or by email at  Or visit their website at

East Chicago Public Library – Books and Beyond.  This program is a trans literacy cultural enrichment program that seeks to intermingle books and eBooks, digital literacy and library resources in literacy driven efforts for all age groups in the community.  For additional information, please contact Lacey Klemm at 219-397-2453 or by email at  Or visit their website at   

Greater Destiny Bible Church – Safe Summer Enrichment Camp.  This program will provide a safe enriching environment for youth by offering academic instruction three times a week, life skills, self esteem activities, financial literacy, recreational activities, etc.  For additional information, please contact Pastor Kelly Williams at 219-433-1943 or by email at  Or visit their website at

Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center, Inc. – E-STEM in the Community:  Outdoor Science for East Chicago Students.  This program will connect E-STEM education experiences that connect classroom lessons with the natural world of students in East Chicago.  For additional information, please contact Michelle Krueger at 219-395-9555 or by email at  Or visit their website at

Top 20, Inc. – Top 20 II Dance and Mentoring Program.  The Top 20 II Dance & Mentoring Program, developed with input from Indiana University, is designed to prepare school-aged students to make constructive life choices and empower them to become productive members of society. For additional information, please contact Carolyn Upshaw-Royal at 517-349-1312 or by email at  Or visit their website at

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