MERRILLVILLE | Lake County’s Legacy Foundation recently awarded $219,479 to 19 nonprofit agencies providing services to Lake County residents.

The foundation accepted applications for its Lake County Community Fund for programs supporting arts and culture, education, environment and animal welfare, health and human services, and general operating requests. Thirty-five organizations applied for more than $613,000 in funding.

The following organizations were awarded Transform Lake County grants:

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago to provide a Neighborhood Based Mentoring Program in Hammond

• Calumet College of St. Joseph to help students meet new minimum standards for state financial assistance

• Catholic Charities Diocese of Gary for of wheelchair ramps and home safety repairs for low-income elderly and/or people with disabilities

• Chicagoland Immigrant Welcome Network for legal services to immigrants

• Dunes Dog Training Club for the Pets N Vets program that helps U.S. military veterans

• Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to recycle food from schools to shelters and soup kitchens

• Franciscan Alliance Foundation to expand Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults

• Gary Neighborhood Services for sponsorship of a Youth Violence Prevention Conference

• Habitat for Humanity of NWI to purchase a ReStore truck

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• Highland Community Foundation for public art

• Humane Society Calumet Area for spay/neuter services

• Indiana Ballet Theatre NW to train faculty

• Meals on Wheels of NWI to support its Meal Subsidy Program

• Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council to increase quality and awareness of resources

• Planting Possibilities for a horticultural education program for cognitively disabled youth

• Purdue University Calumet for a STEM Materials Camp for teachers

• Save the Dunes to identify and control invasive species and replace them with native plants

• Tri-Creek Household Pantry for personal hygiene and household cleaning products

• YWCA of Northwest Indiana YWCA to teach children to swim

The Lake County Community Fund at Legacy Foundation accepts grant applications three times a year. The next deadline is July 1. Visit www.legacyfdn.org.

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