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2020 Basic Needs Funding

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Grant submissions are due by 5PM on Friday, February 7th, 2020.

Submit completed grant applications to Andrea Proulx Buinicki at apb@lauw.org.

The Basic Needs Grant program supports organizations providing vital services to members of our community. Lake Area United Way (LAUW) defines “basic needs” as food, housing, shelter, utility assistance, clothing, mental health and legal assistance (related to a basic need). These funds are available to any 501(c)3 organization serving Lake County, Indiana, and Lansing, Illinois, residents whose programs fall into these categories, whether or not they have previously been funded by LAUW. This is a competitive grant opportunity. Past funding does NOT guarantee future funding. Grant awards are intentionally short-term and will last one year.

Basic Needs Funding is available for you to serve people who are struggling. Those individuals and families may be experiencing poverty, or they may be part of the ALICE population. This grant funding can be used for both populations. At the same time, applicants should note that Lake Area United Way is committed to serving the ALICE population in Lake County. ALICE households are those defined as living above the poverty line, but below the survival budget established for Lake County. The chart below outlines minimum and maximum income guidelines based on household size for determining ALICE status.

Household

Size

Minimum

Annual Income

Maximum

Annual Income

Household

Size

Minimum

Annual Income

Maximum

Annual Income

Household

Size

Minimum

Annual Income

Maximum

Annual Income

1

$12,140

$24,280

4

$25,100

$50,200

7

$38,070

$76,140

2

$16,460

$33,920

5

$29,420

$58,840

8

$42,380

$84,760

3

$20,780

$41,560

6

$33,470

$66,940

9

$46,700

$93,380