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apply for root2fruit grants

August 8, 2016 | ECF Press Release

The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) is now accepting grant applications for its root2fruit grants. For the 15th consecutive year, the Foundation will make up to three new grants of up to $10,000 each. Grants will be for the 2017 calendar year and each grant award is renewable for two additional years for a maximum total award of $30,000.

Applications due by October 10, 2016.

partnership with mammel foundation

Made possible through a partnership with the Mammel Foundation, root2fruit is a capacity building program, which includes not only renewable three year grants but also mentorship for grantees. Since 2003, root2fruit has benefited 45 small and mid-size organizations serving Evanston. Participation in root2fruit has helped build their long-term sustainability by improving board effectiveness, fundraising capacity, and business practices.

“root2fruit is about more than money,” said Marybeth Schroeder, ECF Vice President for Programs. “We’ve seen tremendous growth in grantee organizations that benefit from technical assistance as well as funding. This growth means they can serve Evanston better.” Grant recipients and members of an advisory board made up of experienced nonprofit executives and board members, work with grantees to build a learning community through regular focused grantee meetings.

how to apply

The application and guidelines can be found on eGrant, Learn more about root2fruit and the previous grantees and, for further information contact Marybeth Schroeder, ECF VP for Programs.

about the foundation

The Evanston Community Foundation, celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016, 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. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.