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Evanston has been our home, our mission, and our cause for over 30 years! Everything we do begins with our community.

News & Events

We're excited to announce our new online application system. APPLY here for a responsive grant. Letter of Inquiry is due January 15th.

Beginning this cycle, ECF is rolling out a new online grants management system, GLM. We are also offering office hours. These sessions are not a required element of our grants process but if you are interested please register here.

Read about the 2019 workshop series and register here.

Join the fun at these special parties and support ECF! Reserve your spot.

Learn about new Community Building Grants for residents and community groups offered by Evanston Cradle to Career’s Advocates for Action with support from ECF. Applications are due December 15. Learn More.

The next Rolling Grants review is MARCH 1. These grants under $5,000 are awarded throughout the year.

ECF’s response to donor list for City of Evanston Lighthouse Dunes Escrow Fund. Read More.

Sobre la Fundación. ¡Se habla español! La oficina de Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) es bilingüe. Para servir a nuestra communidad de una manera mas efectiva, favor de contactarnos al 847-492-0990 o mándarnos un correo electrónico.

why does it matter?

The Evanston Community Foundation supports local organizations in pursuing their missions through a breadth of grant opportunities & workshops, and we connect with community partners across Evanston to accelerate change at a systemic level. ECF uses the power of philanthropy to shine a light on promising solutions and respond to immediate needs. Evanston's future starts with what we do today!

WHAT does the Foundation do? We ask questions and seek answers, helping lead Evanston where it wants to go. ECF builds permanent endowments, generating resources to meet community challenges, seize opportunities, and realize Evanston's potential.


As a partner of Evanston Cradle to Career, ECF is a member of the collective impact initiative’s commitment to making sure all Evanston young adults will be on the path to leading productive lives by the age of 23.