2021 Program Grant
The Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) is proud to announce $343,851.00 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: education/job training, health & Safety and community Enrichment.
This was a competitive process and the 2021 grant awards best reflect the vision and mission of FEC focused on enriching the lives of East Chicago residents of all ages. This year’s grants were chosen from among 36 applications submitted requesting over $877,666.54 in funding requests.
Agencies selected addressed a broad range of community needs including, 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 –
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana, Inc. – Teen Success 2021. Twenty teen Club members will be enrolled in the “Diplomas to Degrees” which is a college readiness program. The program will be divided into two cohorts: a spring 2021 cohort that serves 10 youth and a summer 2021 cohort that serves 10 youth. For additional information, please contact Dylan McKee at 219-764-2582 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://bgcgreaternwi.org.
Grace Missionary Baptist Church of East Chicago, Inc. – Grace Computers and Black History. This program consists of four computer lab classes meeting on Tuesdays between April 2021 and February 2022. For additional information, please contact Marcia Smith-Woodard at 317-809-6712 or by email at email@example.com. Or visit their website at http://www.ecgracembc.com.
Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center, Inc. – E-STEM in the Community: Outdoor Science for East Chicago Students. Dunes Learning Center has been delivering a continuum of E-STEM education experiences that connect classroom lessons with the natural world for students in East Chicago. For additional information, please contact Michelle Krueger at 219-682-8956 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://www.DunesLearningCenter.org.
International Institute of Northwest Indiana, Inc. – Knowledge and Numeracy Proficiency. This program provides language skills development for citizens and non-citizens alike living throughout the Calumet Region and the Chicagoland area. For additional information, please contact Roger Cavazos at 219-902-2727 or by email at email@example.com. Or visit their website at http://www.iilcnwi.org.
Ivy Tech Foundation, Inc. – I Have Promise! This program believes in the promise of every student in East Chicago. The program engages students in one of the following co-horts: Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, or Healthcare. For additional information, please contact Cindy Hall at 219-476-4710 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://ivytech.edu.
Mental Health America of Lake County, Inc. – Ready to Soar East Chicago – School Readiness Academy. Ready to Soar is a school readiness and transition program for incoming kindergarten children, their parents and their schools, offering both school and home-based services. For additional information, please contact Kimberly Smith at 219-937-7733 ext. 228 or by email at email@example.com. Or visit their website at https://mhanwi.org.
Mission of Jesus Christ Non-Denominational Church – Alternatives to Bridging the Gap. Alternatives has six major components: “Summer School”, “After-School”, “Always Providing Promise”, “The Garden”, “Cultural Experiences” and “Hope for Boys/Dreams for Girls.” For additional information, please contact Eric Dahl at 219-677-2810 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Twin City Ministerial Alliance, Inc. – Youth Empowerment Project (YEP). Participants will work in jobs over 10 weeks in the summer as determined by their supervisors. They will attend a two-to-three-hour workshop regarding banking, checking, application and resume writing. For additional information, please contact Eric Dahl at 219-677-2810 or by email at email@example.com.
Purdue University – Scholarship support for the 2021 PNW Environmental and Forensic Science Summer Camps. During the summer of 2021 Purdue University will offer two summer camps: Environmental Science Summer Camp and a Forensic Science Summer Camp. Both camps are weeklong camps that will provide hands-on experiences. For additional information, please contact Daniel Suson at 219-989-2375 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://www.pnw.edu.
Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus of Ind – Continuing Education Program. This program will be administered on site at the Carmelite Home and also at the various locations selected for educational purposes. For additional information, please contact Dee Young at 219-397-1085 or by email at email@example.com. Or visit their website at http://www.carmelitehome.org.
St. Marys Church – St. Mary’s Church Soccer Team. This program will teach sportsmanship and team spirit to the children of St. Mary’s Church. For additional information, please contact Albert Cornejo at 312-933-1083 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health & Safety –
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary, Inc. – Safe Haven: Homeless Prevention & Immigration Services. This program addresses concerns of homeless prevention and family unity for the city and the residents of East Chicago. The objective is to keep families in their homes and unified to avoid homelessness. For additional information, please contact LaShawn Jones-Taylor at 219-886-3549 or by email at email@example.com. Or visit their website at http://www.catholic-charities.org.
Enterprise Development & Management Corporation (EDMC) – 2021 COVID-19 Micro Grant Program. Is designed to assist residents in East Chicago by providing funding to help relieve financial burdens and hardships that are a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional information, please contact AnnMarie Madera at 219-392-3660 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana, Inc. – Creating Confident East Chicago Girls. Funding will support all East Chicago teams in the Spring and Fall seasons of 2021 as well as partially fund the teams in the Spring of 2022. This program uses running and other physical activities as a platform for teaching life skills and promoting positive social, emotional holistic health for girls in grades 3rd – 8th. For additional information, please contact Jacqueline Weber at 219-775-7246 or by email at email@example.com. Or visit their website at http://www.gotrofnwi.org.
Grace Beyond Borders NWI, Inc. – Ready Life – Ending Homelessness. This program consists of four modules – Outreach Activities, Case Management, Ready-Life Forums and Recovery classes. For additional information, please contact Marcus Martin at 219-712-5192 or by email at Marcusm@gracebeyondborders.org. Or visit their website at http://www.gracebeyondborders.org.
Haven House, Inc. – Empowering You. This program will include job search, resume classes, interview classes, dress for success and also transportation for job needs. For additional information, please contact Candace Jorden at 219-712-4400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthlinc, Inc. – Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer. Funds will be used to continue funding colonoscopies for uninsured patients who have abnormal Fecal Occult Blood Tests (FOBT) kit result. For additional information, please contact Christina Serrano at 219-413-5100 or by email at email@example.com. Or visit their website at http://www.healthlincchc.org.
Healthvisions Midwest, Inc. – HEART (Healthy Eating/Active Living/Reduce Stress/Test your Numbers) Program. This program will conduct outreach aimed at low-income male and female African Americans and Latinos, at risk, homeless, and underinsured residents of East Chicago who suffer from cardiovascular disease (CVD) or are at risk of developing CVD. For additional information, please contact Melissa Piazza at 219-844-2698 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://www.hvusa.org.
Healthy East Chicago, Inc. – East Chicago MOMS Taking Charge. This program advances the health and wellbeing of single moms, who are head of households, living in East Chicago. For additional information, please contact Joy L. Berry at 219-670-4118 or by email at email@example.com.
East Chicago Public Library – Mask Up for Literacy. This is a yearlong cultural enrichment initiative that offers fun-filled, safe and innovative programs and activities through literacy efforts at the East Chicago Public Library. For additional information, please contact Lacey Klemm at 219-397-2453 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://www.ecpl.org.
Greater Destiny Bible Church – Youth Empowerment and Enrichment Camp. This program will provide a safe enriching environment for youth by offering academic instruction three times a week, life skills, healthy eating, golf instruction, foreign language instruction, mentoring, STEM, financial literacy, arts and crafts and guest speakers. For additional information, please contact Pastor Kelly Williams at 219-433-1943 or by email at email@example.com. Or visit their website at http://www.greaterdestinybcintl.org.
Top 20, Inc. – Top 20 II Dance and Mentoring Program. This program was 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://www.top20inc.org.