Lake County Community Foundation

Enhancing the quality of life for Lake County residents and visitors.


The mission of the Lake County Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for county residents and visitors through the development of permanent endowment funds.

These funds will allow LCCF to address our community’s needs through grant awards in human services, education, environment, arts and culture, and other charitable needs in Lake County.

To learn more about grant deadlines or other current events, please visit the LCCF Facebook page.


Through the generosity of the community, Lake County Community Foundation has grown to more than $4 million in assets.

Every donation, big and small, works together to make Lake County a better place. Unrestricted gifts to the General Fund are used to award grants that support organizations and programs that improve the quality of life in Lake County.

Endowment funds provide an avenue for donors to impact the causes most important to them. Charitable bequests become lasting gifts that carry on a donor’s legacy of giving. It’s easy to find a way to connect your personal passions to lasting change with LCCF.


Each year, Lake County Community Foundation addresses the community’s most pressing needs through grant awards in human services, education, environment, and arts and culture.

The LCCF advisory board reviews applications each spring and recommends grants of up to $5,000. Since 1995, more than $1 million has been awarded to nonprofit organizations throughout Lake County.

Past grants have funded college exploration programs for local students, expanded library services, fish habitats on the Pine River, and improvements to parks and playgrounds.

The 2018 grant application is now closed. Download the grant evaluation form as a Word document or as a fillable PDF.


Multiple scholarships are offered each year to high school seniors who live in or attend high school in Lake County. The online scholarship application for high school students is open from October 1 to March 1. Learn more about available scholarships and how to apply here.

To apply, you will need the following information:

  • Your cumulative GPA, class size, and class rank (class size and rank can be estimated)
  • A list of your academic or extracurricular activities since ninth grade
  • Your SAT score
  • A 500-word essay addressing your goals, activities, accomplishments, and more (details can be found in the application)
  • Your employment history

You should also submit a copy of the financial information form to your first-choice academic institution.