Our 2018 Annual Report is online!

seeking applicants for 2014 root2fruit program grants

September 23, 2014 | ECF Press Release

Evanston non-profit organizations are invited to apply for root2fruit capacity-building grants and alumni grants for 2014.

Now concluding its 12th year in Evanston, the root2fruit grant program is designed to build the capacity of small to mid-size nonprofits in Evanston. Funded by the Mammel Foundation, and managed by the Evanston Community Foundation, the root2fruit program has benefited 41 organizations and awarded over $1 million in grants since its inception in 2002. 

building organizational capacity

Funded by the Mammel Foundation, and managed by the Evanston Community Foundation, the root2fruit program has benefited 41 organizations and awarded over $1 million in grants since its inception in 2002.  Designed to build the capacity of small to mid-size nonprofits in Evanston, the program includes a combination of grants renewable for three years and mentorship for grantees. Over the years, root2fruit grantee organizations have seen significant improvement in their budgets, fundraising and development capacity, boards, and ability to build their services.

applying for root2fruit

Grant applications are due on Monday, October 20th at 11:59 p.m. Selected organizations will be notified in December.  Grants are for use by December 31, 2015, and are meant to allow root2fruit grantees to focus on sustainability, such as resource development, technology or board development.

“The partnership with the Mammel Foundation has been very fruitful for the Evanston Community Foundation and our local nonprofits,” said Evanston Community Foundation VP for Programs, Marybeth Schroeder. “Root2fruit is always about more than the money, and it’s incredible to see how those involved learn from each other, as well as from the root2fruit advisory board.”

For further information read the grant Guidelines or contact ECF Program Officer Rebecca Cacayuran.

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of more than $19 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.