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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits, Schools, and Government Entities
for Projects Benefiting the Community in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

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Evanston Community Foundation (ECF)

LOI Date:

01/14/20

Deadline Date:

02/18/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 per year to Illinois nonprofit organizations, government entities, and schools in eligible regions for projects benefiting the community and meeting its needs. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry before submitting a full application. Funding is intended for developing new programs or improving existing programs, and for initiatives that increase an organization's capacity. Grants must be used to provide services for residents of Evanston, Illinois.

Funding Areas:

All proposals must address issues, concerns or opportunities in the Evanston community. The Foundation makes investments in organizations and projects that advance the following three strategic goals, representing any aspect of the Evanston community. The Foundation has particular interest in work that advances the long-term sustainability of organizations and community efforts.

  • 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

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, board development, staff development, technology upgrades, revenue-generating staff positions, racial equity audits).
  • Program: Continuing improvements to proven programs or projects, new initiatives, pilot projects, bridge funding, and capstone funding to show long-term impact. Collaboration is encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178357

Estimated Size of Grant:

Request amount may be between $5,000 and $20,000 for one-year, and between $10,000 and $40,000 for two-year grants. Last year, the average one-year grant was $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are typically made for one year (July 1 to June 30). A limited number of two-year grants will be awarded for capacity building requests or programs that advance two or more of the above strategic goals.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any group or organization providing services to Evanston residents may apply for a grant.

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.

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

Ineligible:
The Foundation does not fund general operations, endowments, fundraising events or sponsorship of events, appeals for religious purposes (though faith-based organizations may apply for projects benefiting the general community), or individuals.

The Foundation is unlikely to fund capital campaigns or onetime conferences, performances, or events.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Deadline: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: February 18, 2020 by 11:59 PM
Grantees will be chosen and informed by May 22, 2020.

Applicants needing access to a computer or assistance submitting online should contact the Foundation's office.

Requests that are not selected for two-year support will be automatically considered for one-year support for half the requested amount, unless otherwise indicated by the applicant.

A grant supporting a project that was funded in the previous year may be made in a second or third consecutive year if there are notable enhancements to the project.

Grant awards may partially or fully fund a proposal request.

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.

Letter of Inquiry Instructions:
https://evanstonforever.org/grants/grant-cycles/responsive-grants/letter-inquiry/

Grant application instructions: https://evanstonforever.org/grants/grant-cycles/responsive-grants/proposal-phase/

Grant Cycle: https://evanstonforever.org/grants/grant-cycles/grant-cycle-overview/

Contact Information:

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

Application Portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=ecf

Questions:
Rebecca Cacayuran
(847) 492-0990
grants@evanstonforever.org

Evanston Community Foundation
1560 Sherman Ave, Suite 535
Evanston, IL 60201

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