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Nineteen local organizations will benefit from $167,100 in grants from the Legacy Foundation this spring. Grants were awarded through the foundation’s Transform Lake County program, Lake County Teen Action Group, or LCTAG, and Sponsorship program.

Transform Lake County grants are intended to strengthen and empower nonprofits, neighborhoods and residents in Lake County. Grants from LCTAG are reviewed and selected by high school students and include a service component. Sponsorship grants are for charitable events that are open to the public and held in Lake County.

Transform Lake County Grants included:

• $25,000 to Dunes Learning Center for the purchase and installation of an ADA fishing and paddling launch at Veterans Park in Lake Station;

• $25,000 for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Mobile Marketplace to deliver nutritious food in identified food deserts;

• $12,500 to Nazareth Home for a Group Home License under residential licensing with the Department of Child and Family Services;

• $15,000 for Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities to bring English as a Second Language, citizenship classes, immigration services and career training to Lake Station residents;

• $5,000 for Planting Possibilities to expand outreach to the local special needs community;

• $7,500 to South Shore Arts for “Urban Legends,” a two-part series of exhibits;

• $25,000 for The Multi-Agency Academic Cooperative Foundation to provide essential training to first responders, including fire service, EMS and law enforcement agencies;

• $14,000 for The Salvation Army of Lake County to upgrade its security system at the Hammond/Munster Corps;

• $5,600 for Top 20, Inc. to engage parents in their East Chicago student activities;

• $25,000 for the Whiting Entertainment Center Mascot Hall of Fame.

Grants awarded from the Lake County Teen Action Group and the Sponsorship program range from $500 to $2,500. Recipients include ASW Foundation, Inc.; Gary Neighborhood Services, Inc.; Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana; Highland Education Foundation; Humane Indiana; Mayor’s Organization on Disabilities; St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church; Superhero Training & Supply, Inc.; and Woodland Child Development Center.

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