2023 Program Grant
The Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) is proud to announce $329,909.00, 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 selection process. The 2023 grant awards best reflect the vision and mission of FEC focus on enriching the lives of East Chicago residents of all ages.
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 –
Communities in Schools of East Chicago, Inc. – Integrated Student Supports. This program will target students in grades 3-12 within School City of East Chicago schools who are experiencing chronic absenteeism, low academic achievement, disconnectedness from school and behavior issues while attending school. This project will increase access to quality out-of-school time through programs providing opportunities for increased academic achievement, character enrichment, social emotional development and other activities. For additional information, please contact Patricia Simes at 219-378-9114 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://www.cislakecounty.org.
Indiana Dunes /Environmental Learning Center, Inc. – Environmental STEM Education for Students in Grades K-6. This program will deliver environmental education programs to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature. Beginning in April, 6th graders will wrap up their Citizen Science investigations, inputting their data, and preparing for the all-school Symposium. Other activities include Summer Camp, Watershed Ed, Nature Navigators program and an overnight Frog in the Bog. For additional information, please contact Michelle Krueger at 219-682-8956 or by email at email@example.com. Or visit their website at http://DunesLearningCenter.org.
Mental Health America of Lake County, Inc. – Ready to Soar East Chicago. This is a school readiness and transition program for incoming kindergarten children, their parents and their schools, offering both school and home-based services. Services are free and run from September thru June each school year. For additional information, please contact Kimberly Smith at 219-671-1579 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://www.hanwi.org
Mission of Jesus Christ Non-Denominational Church – Alternatives to Bridging the Gap. Alternatives has six major components: “Summer School,” “After School,” “Garden,” “Always Providing Promise,” “Hopes and Dreams,” and “Cultural Experiences.” For additional information, please contact Eric Dahl at 219-677-2810 or by email at email@example.com.
The New Twin City Ministerial Alliance, Inc. – Youth Empowerment Project (YEP). YEP, is a summer work-based program to prepare young adults for the post-secondary education world. Participants will work in jobs over 10 weeks in the summer as determined by their supervisors. Each student will earn $8.00 per hour, half they receive in a pay check the other half will be deposited in a savings account. Participants are required to attend a weekly workshop that may deal with banking, balancing a checkbook, how to apply for scholarships as well as apprenticeship opportunities along with other topics that address life skills. For additional information, please contact Pastor Douglas Sloss at 317-724-9632 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teens in Action, Inc.– Math and Touring. At the beginning of the program, they will conduct their 3rd annual college tour. Next, they will offer their annual math and stem camps. For additional information, please contact Bridgette Spann-Edwards at 219-397-5117 or by email at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://www.catholic-charities.org.
East Chicago Citizens Police Academy – East Chicago Citizens Police Academy. This in an outreach program to assist in bridging the gap between citizens and the police department. The intention is to focus on public safety through education while creating dialogue between the community and local law enforcement. For additional information, please contact Christine Russell at 219-678-1087 or by email at email@example.com.
Grace Beyond Borders NWI, Inc. – Ready Life – Ending Homelessness. This program consists of three modules – Outreach Activities, Case Management, Life Skills and Recovery meetings. For additional information, please contact Marcus Martin at 219-392-9932 or by email at Marcusm@gracebeyondborders.org. Or visit their website at http://www.gracebeyondborders.org.
HealthVisions Midwest, Inc. – Certified Community Health Worker Training. This program will offer 20 scholarships to members of the community to enroll in and successfully complete the Certified Community Health Worker Training. A Community Health Worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of the community they serve. For additional information, please contact Juanita Boland at 219-802-8674 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://www.hvusa.org.
St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church – Food Pantry. Their Food Pantry Ministry provides a monthly food/grocery distribution to East Chicago residents. The pantry is open on the third Saturday of each month. For additional information, please contact Jo Anne McDonald at 219-662-8894 or by email at email@example.com.
Bishop Noll Institute – Bishop Noll Institute Summer Enrichment Program. This program offers educational opportunities for children from preschool through 8th grade. The following camps will be offered: STEM, Athletes and Fine Arts. For additional information, please contact Ryan Julian at 219-932-9058 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at http://www.bishopnoll.org.
East Chicago Public Library – Today’s Readers are East Chicago Leaders. This is a yearlong initiative that promotes literacy and cultural enrichment. This is accomplished through digital access to library resources that is assessable to all community members with a goal of increasing community literacy. For additional information, please contact Lacey Klemm at 219-397-2453 or by email at email@example.com. Or visit their website at http://www.ecpl.org.
Friendship Baptist Church, Inc. – 6 Cs of Youth Development. The youth of East Chicago will become change agents through workshops, camps, training, and exhibitions. This will be accomplished through using the 6 Cs of Youth Development (Community, Courage, Compassion, Creativity, Celebration, and Commitment). For additional information, please contact April Pugh at 219-771-1887 or by email at Asongbird33@aol.com.
Top 20, Inc. – Top 20 II Dance and Mentoring Program. This program was developed with input from Indiana University, 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.