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Grants in Action

The Porter County Community Foundation seeks to improve lives in Porter County by providing funds through an open grant making process for humanitarian, cultural, educational and environmental purposes. The Foundation has been fortunate enough to award over $500,000 in Community Fund grants to more than 70 nonprofits throughout Porter County within the past three years.

Here is a list of grants we have recently awarded through our Community Fund and how they are making a difference throughout our community: 

Porter County Community Fund Grants 2017

4th Street Theatre
Art Barn School of Art
Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County
Call-A-Ride
Challenger Learning Center of NWI
Duneland Family YMCA
Family House
Frontline Foundation
Gabriel's Horn
Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana
Habitat for Humanity of Porter County
Hebron Volunteer Fire Department
Hilltop Neighborhood House
Housing Opportunities
Indiana Dunes Tourism
Jacob's Ladder Pediatric Rehab Center
Kankakee Valley Historical Society
Kouts Volunteer Fire Department
Lakeshore PAWS
Memorial Opera House
Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department
NeighborLink Porter County
Neighbors Educational Opportunities
New Hope Church of God Food Pantry
Pines Village Retirement Communities
Portage Resale Shop
Portage Township Education Foundation
Porter County PACT
Rebuilding Together - Hebron
Reins of Life
South Shore Performing Arts Company
Tradewinds Services Inc.
Valparaiso Family YMCA

 

Porter County Community Fund Grants 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County:

Funding for the expansion of the Duneland Club will allow the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County to provide a safe place and unique opportunities for more children and teens to enjoy after-school and during the summer.

Call-A-Ride:

The grant dollars afforded fuel for the expansion of services so the all-volunteer organization can drive more neighbors in need to medical appointments with a second van.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary:

The grant funds helped purchase bike parts for the Knights of Columbus to rebuild bicycles, which are given away so Porter County kids stay active and adults can ride to jobs.

Duneland Family YMCA:

The grant helped the Y take its Welcome to Wellness program on the road with the purchase of the technology necessary to make the program accessible to all Duneland residents.

Dunes Learning Center:

The environmental education center is now more energy efficient and continues to demonstrate positive environmental stewardship thanks to the on-demand water heaters purchased with the help of the Foundation for the cabins.

Frontline Foundations:

Grant dollars helped Frontline purchase a van to provide access to life-saving addiction treatment for young adults.

Gabriel’s Horn:

Grant funding helped purchase new heating and cooling systems to keep the shelter safe and comfortable for the women and children who have nowhere else to call home.

Habitat for Humanity of Porter County:

To help provide two families in need with ownership of a decent, affordable home.

Hilltop Neighborhood House:

To expand Hilltop’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Choices Hot Meals program to provide low income families and children with access to healthy meals year round.

Shifting Sands/Legacy Foundation:

To help underwrite the Shifting Sands documentary to create public awareness about ongoing movement towards a more sustainable Northwest Indiana.

Parents as Teachers of Porter County:

To help underwrite the KnOWLedge eLearning Community program to offer interactive eLearning courses for families with children birth-5 years who would otherwise not have access to early education development and school readiness education.

Portage Resale Shop:

Grant funds benefitted the Gift of Hope Program to help individuals in need of assistance to obtain necessary clothing, shoes, coats, and household items free of charge or obligation.

Porter County Parks Foundation:

To hire a consultant to further help its board of directors in their mission to serve the residents of Porter County by promoting the protection of the environment and conservation.

Reins of Life:

Help with the building renovations will further allow the organization to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy. 

Shirley Heinze Land Trust:

Grant request for equipment was funded to enable the organization to operate at an increased capacity and allow for expanded public outdoor recreational and educational opportunities.

Challenger Learning Center of NW Indiana:

Technology upgrades to assist the learning center in providing up-to-date programming for students and to provide additional programs at various grade levels.

Dunebrook:

Enhancement of the Nurturing Parenting program model through enabling Dunebrook to deliver Nurturing in a manner that best suits parents’ needs through group sessions and/or home visits.

Family House:

Scholarships to allow low income families to also participate in the services of Family House where non-custodial parents can spend time with their children under supervision.

First Contact:

Equipment to assist the not-for-profit in providing financial assistance to Porter County residents in crisis.

Housing Opportunities:

Improvements to the Spring Valley Shelter in order to further provide housing to families and individuals that is safe, decent, and affordable.

Humane Society Calumet Area:

Tools to increase the center’s effectiveness and response time in retrieving injured and orphaned native wildlife throughout Porter County.

Mental Health America of Porter County:

Bridging the Gap Program to provide citizens of Porter County with emergency assistance to pay for prescribed medications necessary to treat diagnosed mental illness.

Porter County Parks & Recreation

Completion of outdoor environmental education classroom in order to provide environmental education opportunities to youth and their family.

Purdue University North Central:

Student Services & Activities Complex in order to help serve the students of Purdue University North Central with expanded programs and services to meet their needs, including wellness programs and exercise, and increased connections between students and the community through sporting events in addition to educational and cultural activities.

Rebuilding Together – Hebron:

Supplies to assist the nonprofit in preserving and renovating houses of low-income homeowners on National Build Day to assure those who are elderly, disabled, or families with children live in safety.

Rebuilding Together – Portage:

Supplies to assist the nonprofit in preserving and renovating houses of low-income homeowners on National Build Day to assure those who are elderly, disabled, or families with children live in safety.

Rebuilding Together – Valparaiso:

Supplies to assist the nonprofit in preserving and renovating houses of low-income homeowners on National Build Day to assure those who are elderly, disabled, or families with children live in safety.

Valparaiso Family YMCA:

Fit Kids Program to educate, energize, and inspire youth to develop a love for physical fitness, and to make healthy lifestyle choices well into adulthood.

 

Porter County Community Fund Grants 2014

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County:

Purchase of equipment for a Digital Music Studio to give Pre-Teens the opportunity to explore the world of technology and to gain an understanding of the music industry and various career opportunities that are available in this field.

The Caring Place:

Providing needed kitchen supplies to prepare meals for shelter residents and their children.

Christian Food Pantry:

A freezer to assist the pantry in providing basic food items to community residents who are in need of assistance.

Dunebrook:

The Nurturing Parenting Program to provide positive family support and to prevent child abuse and neglect through the nurturing of parents on developing empathy, as well as the teachings of proper behaviors and the strengthening of parent knowledge.

Dunes Learning Center:

Mighty Acorns Program to provide students from Porter County with hands-on learning experiences and to connect students with nature.

Frontline Foundations:

The purchase of products for LabWorks2, a computer station utilized as a critical component for individual counseling services. By providing programs in an environment that reinforces sobriety, LabWorks2 helps to facilitate the mission of Frontline Foundations Inc.: to serve as a source of hope to young adults suffering from alcohol and drug abuse while providing an effective treatment and recovery support system.

Gabriel’s Horn:

Equipment to improve the safety of the Gabriel’s Horn facility in order to provide a safer temporary shelter for homeless women and their children.

Habitat for Humanity:

The construction of two houses in Valparaiso and South Haven in order to provide two families with a chance to own an affordable home.

Kouts Police Department:

The purchase of reliable communication devices in order to improve the Kouts Police Department’s ability to provide quality police service to our community.

Lakeshore PAWS:

The purchase of additional intake isolation kennels to rescue and provide shelter to more abandoned and unwanted pets.

Mental Health America of Porter County:

Bridging the Gap Program to provide critical relief to citizens of Porter County with emergency assistance to pay for prescribed medications necessary to treat diagnosed mental illness.

Neighbors Corporation:

Neighbors Place (Project) to provide low-cost, permanent housing for single women through the renovation of an existing building in order to help build healthy families and neighborhoods, where diversity of all kinds is welcomed and cherished.

Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation:

Matching Support for Member Theatres in order to provide administrative and capacity building help to member theatres in Porter County.

Parents as Teachers of Porter County:

The expansion of the PAT-based Kindergarten Readiness Program “Ready, Set, Kindergarten” to further assist children ages 3-4 in the two years before entering kindergarten in the areas of intellectual, social, physical, and communicative development in order to be fully prepared to succeed as they enter the classroom.

Portage Resale Shop:

The purchase and installation of resources, such as improved lighting and updated bathroom facilities, in order to benefit the safety of the community, reduce energy consumption, and provide updated facilities for homeless or disaster relief individuals.

Portage Township Food Pantry:

The purchase of equipment to more efficiently provide food assistance to qualifying families in need.

Portage Township YMCA:

Technology upgrades to enhance productivity at the Portage Township YMCA in order better serve members of the YMCA and to further promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Porter County Chapter Izaak Walton League:

Purchase of materials and equipment that allow students and their families to complete unique environmental educational activities, crafts, and games during Family Nature Nights. The purpose of these one-night events is to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to conserving, maintaining, and protecting resources.

Porter County PACT:

Wellness & Recovery Support Services to offer programs for families struggling with substance abuse, as well as services to support individuals in recovery.

Porter- Starke Services:

The renovation of the Client Wellness Center to increase Porter- Starke Services’ capacity to provide integrated behavioral health and physical healthcare through providing a more welcoming, comfortable environment to better satisfy both customer and employee needs.

Rebuilding Together – Duneland:

Purchase of supplies for National Build Day to ensure the completion of providing low income elderly, disabled and/or homeowners with children, or community groups in the Duneland area with a warm, safe, and accessible home.

Reins of Life:

The purchase of technology to facilitate Reins of Life employees’ efforts to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy.

Salvation Army of Porter County:

The providing of emergency financial assistance to residents of Porter County in need of rent/mortgage and utility assistance in order to prevent loss of housing, loss of utility services, and to avoid all of the negative consequences involved with homelessness, lack of power, and lack of heat.

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens:

The offering of free classes to senior citizens in Porter County to improve quality of life and to further educate individuals in the community.

Valparaiso Parks Foundation:

The ValPLAYso facility in order to provide a world-class inclusive playground and park that promotes a healthy community, a desirable neighborhood, and volunteerism.

 

Porter County Community Fund Grants 2013

Duneland Family YMCA:

Advancement of the Early Childhood Development Program through providing enhanced lesson planning and teaching techniques to improve active learning and cognitive development among youth.

Dunes Learning Center:

A data management system to allow the staff to more efficiently handle tasks that aid their ability to provide hands-on environmental learning for all ages.

Family Concern Counseling:

The purchase of equipment to allow counselors to improve their services by facilitating their ability to provide direct guidance and practice to families.

Family & Youth Services Bureau:

Equipment to enable students to continue their education while they are participating in the Risk Management Program – a program designed to divert high risk juveniles from the Indiana Department of Correction through participation in community based programming.

First Contact:

Funding to improve First Contact’s ability to provide food, job search, medical and dental assistance, clothing, credit counseling, and adult education to those in need, as well as life coaching and financial counseling sessions.

Gabriel’s Horn:

The instillation of pavement on Gabriel’s Horn’s property in order to reduce problems caused by lack of, providing a nicer, safer temporary shelter for homeless women.

Hebron Volunteer Fire Department:

The purchase of a new Thermal Imaging Camera and two high performance circular rescue saws to allow for the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department to more efficiently provide emergency fire response and rescue to residents of Porter County.

H.E. Kelly Respite House:

Safety improvements to provide a safer, improved living environment for men suffering from chemical dependency and related disorders undergoing treatment.

Housing Opportunities:

A housing coordinator to more effectively implement and complete the objectives of No Place Like Home, the Porter County Ten Year Plan to end homelessness.

Independent Cat Society:

The implementation of the spray/neuter program to improve the health and longevity of cats in Porter County as well as allow for persons of Porter County to have an affordable opportunity to adopt a cat that is already sprayed/neutered.

Memorial Opera House Foundation:

Expansion of arts education programs to at-risk youth and their families, enabling them to find out more information about the arts, arts education after high school graduation, and potential career paths.

Mental Health America of Porter County:

Bridging the Gap Program to provide citizens of Porter County with emergency assistance to pay for prescribed medications necessary to treat diagnosed mental illnesses.

Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities/Portage Township Food Pantry:

The purchase of equipment to provide students and volunteers with the means necessary to more efficiently interact with members of the community as well as provide emergency food assistance to families in need.

Parents as Teachers of Porter County:

Implementation of “Ready, Set, Kindergarten” program to assist children ages 4-5 in the year prior to entering kindergarten in the areas of intellectual, social, physical, and communicative development in order to be fully prepared to succeed as they enter the classroom.

Portage Resale Shop:

Renovations on new location in order to more efficiently provide clothing, household items, furniture etc., for those in need of Porter County.

Porter County PACT:

The purchase of equipment to allow for the organization to operate more efficiently in providing community-based justice and programs designed to provide community service restitution.

Rebuilding Together – Portage:

Supplies to assist the nonprofit in preserving and renovating houses of low-income homeowners on National Build Day to assure those who are elderly, disabled, or families with children live in safety.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust:

Meadowbrook Capital Project to protect habitats and ecosystems and to educate people of all ages about the value of land conservation.

Westchester Neighborhood Food Pantry:

The purchase of a refrigerator to allow the pantry to store purchased and donated food items, promoting a healthy lifestyle by providing nutritional food to residents in need.

Success Stories


Domestic Violence Shelter: A Place of Safety

Manuela is one of many people who endured the hardships of dealing with domestic violence. Take a look at how a grant awarded by the Porter County Community Foundation to The Caring Place helped support this organization’s mission to provide services and safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.

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