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Grants to Evanston, Illinois Nonprofits, Schools,
and Agencies to Benefit the Local Community

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Foundation / Corporation

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Evanston Community Foundation (ECF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

02/20/19 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. Submitting a Letter of Intent is required before applying. Eligible programs 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.

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

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.

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.

Not Eligible:

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 benefiting the general community); or individuals. ECF is unlikely to fund capital campaigns or one-time conferences, performances or events.

Pre-Application Information:

The first step is to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry by January 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

After review, selected organizations will be invited February 11 to submit a full proposal. This proposal is due by February 20 at 11:59 pm.

The committee will review applications from March to April.

Proposals are submitted online using GLM. Grantees will be chosen and informed in late May.

Guidelines for submitting LOIs:

Proposal Instructions:

Contact Information:

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

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Additional Contact Information:

Rebecca Cacayuran, Program Officer

Monique Brunson Jones, President and CEO

Evanston Community Foundation
1560 Sherman Avenue
Suite 535
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847.492.0990
Fax: 847.492.0904

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Evanston