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inviting applicants for our root2fruit program

August 10, 2015 | ECF Press Release

Three new organizations will be selected for grants of up to $10,000 each, and each organization that receives a grant is eligible to receive grants for the following two years, up to a maximum of $30,000.

The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) is currently seeking proposals from small to mid-size nonprofits in Evanston for its root2fruit grant program. root2fruit alumni organizations are also invited to apply for alumni grants. The application deadline is October 12, 2015, 11:59pm.

our root2fruit program

Funded by the Mammel Foundation and managed by the Evanston Community Foundation, the root2fruit program has benefited more than 40 organizations and awarded over $1 million in grants since its inception in 2002. In addition to receiving monetary grants, selected organizations also receive mentorship from an advisory board made up of experienced nonprofit executives and board members. Over the years, root2fruit grantee organizations have seen significant improvement in their budgets, fundraising and development capacity, boards, and ability to build their services.

“The idea behind root2fruit is that small organizations need technical assistance, as well as money, to continue to grow and remain sustainable organizations,” said Evanston Community Foundation Vice President for Programs Marybeth Schroeder. “The organizations that have participated in the past have learned so much from the experts who are part of the root2fruit advisory board.”

guidelines and application process

Organizations are invited to learn more about our root2fruit program and how to apply. root2fruit alumni organizations are invited to apply for one-year grants. Organizations can apply online at our eGrants site. For more information, contact our Program Officer Rebecca Cacyuran or 847-492-0990.

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of more than $20 million, helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training.