2 survey respondents
Location: 1000 E 80th Pl Ste 402n, Merrillville, 46410 IN
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Grant Applicant - applied in 2020
Although they are the largest funder in Lake County, IN, they are notoriously stingy with their funds. The grant awards are small especially relative to the very large number of questions you have to answer to apply. They do not appear to understand nonprofits as they are always only willing to fund something "new" which is not sustainable, or even a good practice, and then saying that it has to be sustainable, after a small investment. This funder has too much power relative to the resources they provide the community and they are only focused on racial diversity right now severely limiting funding for lots of orgs.
Likes site visits, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic, Risk averse
Current or former grantee
Funded for lesser amount
They will meet with you but they are not very friendly
The funder wants to transform Lake County but they don't fund at a level or in a way that would be transformative - large, multi year grants
This funder should examine why it asks so many questions in its application when the max grant is only $15,000 which is pretty small.
If you can get funding once you'll not likely get it again for a long time
They have webinars where they go over their rules for funding. They're definitely good at receiving money in the community for their use and they do manage endowment funds but they take a high percentage of it.
Reviewer 224 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017
We did meet with the staff and attended a workshop on how to apply for a grant. The person we met with sounded very positive about our organization and the odds of us receiving a grant looked favorable. Both times we applied, we were told our outreach was not large enough and was too specialized to receive a grant- we should reach out to smaller foundations. When seeing the rewarded grant lists, it became apparent that other small and specialized nonprofits were considered worthy to receive funding for their bereavement services that were not as far reaching as ours.
Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Bureaucratic
Applied and not funded
I always received a response to questions
It seems that one must have an "in" with a board member or have some political association to be seriously considered for a grant from this foundation
Consider the smaller nonprofits- they have the greatest need for help. Maybe a grant specifically for the lesser known or younger nonprofits- to jumpstart their work.
If you are an established nonprofit with a large budget, you will be taken more seriously.
They have many events to get the word out about their organization