Porter County Community Foundation Awards Over $232,000 to Community Organizations

The Porter County Community Foundation approved $232,184 in grants to 33 local nonprofit organizations as part of its first of two grant cycles for 2024.

Grant recipients include:

  • 4th Street Theater – $4,000 to support an upstairs HVAC unit
  • Beverly Shores Museum and Art Gallery – $1,700 to support the “Learning the Land: Stewarding Beauty” art exhibition
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana – $9,750 to support Chesterton Boys & Girls Club STEM equipment
  • Center of Workforce Innovations – $3,780 to support Porter County Construction and Skilled Trades Day 
  • Dunes Learning Center – $5,050 to support community awareness efforts
  • Food Bank of Northwest Indiana – $10,000 to support eight Mobile Markets food distribution events in Porter County
  • Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter – $5,000 to support a backup generator
  • Hebron Volunteer Fire Department – $9,500 to support updating and replacing AEDs
  • Hilltop Neighborhood House – $6,800 to support an early learning curriculum
  • Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehabilitation – $8,829 to support the Little Listeners Hearing Screening program
  • Kouts Volunteer Fire Department – $10,000 to support structural firefighting gear
  • Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana – $3,500 to support wish granting in Porter County
  • MAKS Corp. – $8,000 to support emergency requests for foster children
  • Memorial Opera House Foundation – $7,500 to support a Veterans Day concert
  • Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities – $5,000 to support adult learning centers
  • Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation – $6,000 to support travel expenses for families with children battling cancer
  • Northwest Indiana Paddle Association – $6,000 to support upgrading their loaner boats
  • Opportunity Enterprises – $10,000 to support Camp Lakeside, Northwest Indiana’s only summer day camp for kids of all abilities
  • Our Greater Good – $5,000 to support expanding parenting and mentoring programs
  • Parents As Teachers of Porter County – $10,000 to support their Ready Set Kindergarten expansion
  • Portage Recovery Association – $7,500 to support the New Chapter Recovery Café
  • Portage Township YMCA – $10,000 to support an outdoor learning center for their new Preschool Academy
  • Rebuilding Together Duneland – $5,000 to support their Rebuilding Day
  • Rebuilding Together Hebron – $5,000 to support their Rebuilding Day
  • Reins of Life – $9,000 to support indoor arena improvements
  • Save the Dunes – $5,000 to support the Dunes Dash 5k
  • South Shore Orchestra – $7,000 to support their 20thanniversary concert on June 13
  • St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center – $10,000 to support replacing damaged and worn flooring
  • String-A-Long Stars & Stripes Quilts of Valor NW Indiana – $5,000 to support materials for quilts for veterans and active military personnel
  • Three20 Recovery – $7,000 to support transportation services
  • The Salvation Army of Northwest Indiana, Porter County Corps – $6,275 to support kids archery camp and music program
  • True North Training Stables – $10,000 to support kids equine summer camp
  • United Way Northwest Indiana – $10,000 to support Level Up, an economic empowerment program

PCCF aims to improve lives in Porter County by providing funds through an open grant-making process for youth programs, health and human services, animal welfare, arts and culture, education and the environment.

Through the support of generous community members, PCCF annually distributes approximately $350,000 to local nonprofits from unrestricted community funds. The next Community Fund grant application deadline is August 15, 2024. More information about the Community Fund and the grant process can be found online at PCCF.gives/ApplyForAGrant.

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