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Grants to Evanston, Illinois Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Community Programs and Equity Building

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Foundation / Corporation

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Evanston Community Foundation (ECF)

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LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

02/22/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to Evanston, Illinois nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to benefit the local community, with an emphasis on promoting equity. LOIs are due January 16. Possible program areas include but are not limited to basic human needs, arts and culture, early childhood education and early learning, community development, environment, education, health, housing, seniors, family support and counseling, workforce development, and youth.

Since 1986, ECF’s responsive grants invest broadly across the community and in both long-established and new organizations and community groups that seek to improve Evanston. Reflecting ECF’s principles from its new strategic plan, the grant guidelines emphasize a commitment to equity, explicitly building on the Foundation’s long commitment to making the community better for all.

ECF makes investments in organizations and projects that advance the following strategic goals:
-An Evanston that is inclusive and equitable for all
-An empowered and engaged community that collaborates across sectors to define problems and work on solutions
-A thriving nonprofit sector
-Realizing the long-term sustainability of organizations and community efforts

Proposals must address one or more of the Foundation’s four strategic goals, as listed above, representing any aspect of the Evanston community.

Types of Grants:

Capacity building: organizational initiatives that focus on building infrastructure to support an organization’s long-term growth and development to better fulfill its mission (e.g. strategic plans, racial equity audits and training, board and/or staff development, technology upgrades, revenue-generating staff positions).

Program: continuing improvements to proven programs or projects that strengthen an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission and show long-term impact, new initiatives, pilot projects, bridge funding, and capstone funding. Collaboration is encouraged.

ECF has particular interest in work that furthers:
-The goals of Evanston 150
-Evanston Cradle to Career goals

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178357

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request amounts between $5,000 - $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are typically made for one year (July 1 to June 30). In some cases, a grant supporting a project that was funded in the previous year may be made in a second or third consecutive year if the applicant proposes enhancements to the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Qualifications:
-Any group or organization providing services to Evanston residents may apply for a grant. All proposals must address issues, concerns or opportunities in the Evanston community.
-Applicants must either be 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, government entities or they must have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the IRS.
-Applicants must be able to demonstrate inclusive practices leading to diversity of their boards, staff and constituents.
-Applicants must seek diverse funding sources and have a plan to sustain their program beyond the term of the grant.

Current and former grantees and/or previous applicants to any ECF grants program are eligible and encouraged to apply.

ECF does not fund general operations; endowments; fundraising events or sponsorship of events; appeals for religious purposes (though faith-based organizations may apply for projects benefitting the general community); or individuals. ECF is unlikely to fund capital campaigns or one-time conferences, performances or events.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Optional information sessions are offered to discuss the guidelines and process with prospective applicants:

-Dec. 21, 4-5 pm, One Rotary Center,1560 Sherman, 1st floor conference room;

-Dec. 28, 5:30-6:30 pm, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church Street; and

-Jan. 4, 5:30-6:30 pm, Fresh Anointing Worship Center, 1000 South Blvd

Attending an information session is not required to submit a Letter of Inquiry.

Pre-Application Information:

The first step is to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry via eGrant by January 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

After review, selected organizations will be invited January 31 to submit a full proposal by February 22 at 11:59 PM. Proposals are submitted online using eGrant. Grantees will be chosen and informed by May 25.


Evanston 150 goals:

Evanston Cradle to Career goals:

Letter of Inquiry Instructions:

Proposal Instructions:

Cycle Overview:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOIs through eGrant:

Rebecca Cacayuran, Program Officer

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Evanston