Foundations of East Chicago awards $595,123 in grants to NWI nonprofits

 Foundations of East Chicago Grant awardees pose with check to be distributed to 25 grantee organizations for the 2017 grant cycle.

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The Foundations of East Chicago has announced $595,123 in grant awards to 25 nonprofit organizations for 2017.

Out of 36 applications requesting nearly $1 million, FEC awarded funds to nonprofits that most closely exemplified the FEC pillars. FEC’s pillars of focus include education/job training, community enrichment and health and safety.

This was a competitive process and the 2017 grant awards reflect the vision and message FEC focused on — enriching the lives of East Chicago residents. Grant awards ranged anywhere from $8,000 to $35,000.

The grants resulted from the financial support of East Chicago’s Ameristar Hotel and Casino, allowing FEC to invest in nonprofit organizations working to improve East Chicago.

The Foundations has been awarding program grants since its inception in 1998 and, each year, they strive to help more and more organizations that benefit the people of East Chicago in unique ways. One organization that has received funding from FEC is the St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home.

Each year, the Carmelite Home works to help more children. In the past, it has implemented programs specific to newborns, pregnant teens and children experiencing psychological trauma. This year, the Carmelite Home received FEC funding for a program that will allow them to have the proper materials and training to open up their doors to help more children.

Another organization that FEC has regularly worked with is Grace Beyond Borders, which does outreach rehabilitation and placement for homeless individuals in the city of East Chicago.

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