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2022 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, 2021.
  • Applications are due January 10, 2022.
  • An application received after the deadline will be ineligible for funding.
  • Award announcements will be released late March 2022.
  • Funding request cannot exceed $35,000.

2022 Program Grant Handouts

Please review the following documents before accessing any of the 2022 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 2022 Program Grant Application, please (Click here for the 2022 Program Grant Application)

Program Grant Application


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.

2020 & 2021 Organizational Budget Form


All organizations must submit a 2022 Program Grant Budget.  (Click here for the 2022 Program Grant Budget form)


2022 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, 2022 – March 31, 2023.  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 2020 and 2021 Operating Budget and the 2022 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” or “Etc.” in the line-item description is not accepted.

FEC will consider equipment, software, food and gas gift cards, materials, supplies, transportation and rental space only if items requested pertain to the program and detailed explanations are given for each.

Equipment (pertaining to program) Speaker Fees
Software (pertaining to program) Conferences
Food gift cards (pertaining to program)    Funds to obtain a 501 (c) 3
Gas gift cards (pertaining to program) Landscaping
Materials (pertaining to program)              Marquees
Supplies (pertaining to program) Membership Fees
Transportation (pertaining to program) Storage Rental
Rental space (pertaining to program) Home Office
  Mortgage payments
  Landlines and Cellphones 
  Web maintenance and Internet 

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.

Administration fees cannot exceed 5% of the total grant award.

Fees associated for stipends, contractors, consultants, instructor fees, aides and assistants cannot exceed 25% of the total grant award.  Names of individuals providing services and their credentials must be included in the line-item description.

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  Or visit their website at

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  Or visit their website at

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 Or visit their website at

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  Or visit their website at

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  Or visit their website at

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  Or visit their website at

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

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

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  Or visit their website at

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  Or visit their website at

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

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  Or visit their website at

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  

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  Or visit their website at

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  Or visit their website at

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

 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  Or visit their website at

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  Or visit their website at

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

Community Enrichment

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  Or visit their website at

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  Or visit their website at

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  Or visit their website at

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