EAST CHICAGO | The Foundations of East Chicago announced Thursday an award of $1.1 million in grants to eight local programs.
The nonprofit group, which receives funding from East Chicago's Ameristar Casino, supports local churches, schools and other nonprofit organizations.
“It's always been a vision of the Foundations to have East Chicagoans rebuild East Chicago,” according to a statement from Executive Director Russ Taylor. “Through training, business development, building neighborhoods and boosting social services, residents are better prepared to take on this challenge."
Among the grant recipients were East Chicago Hope & Opportunity, a program created by the Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Organizations to promote civic engagement in public school reform, and MOMS Taking Charge, a program created by Healthy East Chicago to help single-parent families.
A workforce development program, Putting East Chicago Back to Work, received the largest single grant at $488,300. The program is led by the Holistic Community Coalition — along with a cohort of several other organizations — to assist East Chicago residents in job training and job placement.
The other programs receiving grants included Project INSPIRE, Youth P.L.U.S., Plaza Communitaria/Community Plaza, The Unity Event and Healthier East Chicago — 2012 and Beyond.
Visit the foundations' website at www.foundationsofeastchicago.org for more information.