MERRILLVILLE - Merrillville-based Legacy Foundation Inc. has announced plans to award more than $260,000 in grants to 27 nonprofits throughout Lake County. The foundation says the grants assist organizations looking to strengthen their communities.

The funds were awarded through three grant programs: Transform Lake County, Informed & Engaged Communities, and the Legacy Women's Philanthropy Fund. The recipients include:

Transform Lake County:

  • Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative
  • Beachfront Dance School
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Cedar Lake Historical Association
  • Dunes Dog Training
  • Fair Haven Center for Women
  • Hammond Education Foundation
  • Hoosier Environmental Council
  • Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry
  • Humane Society Calumet Area
  • IN Women in Need Foundation
  • Lakeshore Public Media
  • Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana
  • Porter Starke Services
  • SAWs
  • School City of Hobart’s Building Brickies
  • South Shore Arts
  • The Growing Place

Informed & Engaged Communities:

  • Accion
  • Civic Engagement Bootcamp
  • Fractured Atlas
  • Fresh Coast Communities
  • Gary Common Council
  • Gary Redevelopment Commission
  • Hoosier Environmental Council

Legacy Women’s Philanthropy Fund:

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
  • On My Way Pre-K
  • Pathway to Adventure Council-Boy Scouts of America