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December 7, 2015 | ECF Press Release

The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) announced today that it is seeking proposals for capacity-building and program grants from nonprofit organizations serving the Evanston community.

The Foundation's 2016/2017 responsive grants make investments in organizations and projects that are poised to make a difference in the community by strengthening nonprofit organizations and their programs. Applications must be filed electronically through eGrant.net by Monday, February 1, 2016 at midnight.

process overview

To qualify, organizations must be a 501(c)3, school or government entity, or have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a nonprofit 501(c)3, and provide services to the Evanston community and address issues, concerns or opportunities in the Evanston community. Proposals must be submitted online using eGrant.

Interested organizations can review the funding guidelines and application procedures, Applications must be filed electronically through eGrant.net by Monday, February 1, 2016 at midnight. ECF program staff is available to meet with grant seekers for office hours. Please contact staff using email or call 847-492-0990.

2016/2017 responsive grant awardees will be announced in May of 2016 at the annual Grant Awards Celebration.

responsive grants impact communityDance Marathon 2015 leadership David Ryan and Andrew Sonta. Northwestern University's Dance Marathon is a key ECF grantmaking partner.

Last year's responsive grant cycle awarded nearly $290,000 to 30 organizations and programs, setting a record for the largest amount awarded by ECF in a single grant cycle. The maximum grant request considered is $20,000, and the average 2015 grant size awarded was $9,600.

Responsive grants represent nearly 25% of the Foundation's total anticipated 2016 investment in the community through competitive and strategic grants and all distributions from endowments, including designated and donor advised fund programs.

ECF's President and CEO Monique Brunson Jones said, "Our board prioritizes investments that will be self-sustaining after the funding period, encourages collaborative proposals that build and develop community resources and partnerships, and seeks to invest in work that strengthens the capacity of organizations to achieve long-term results." This year, as ECF continues to improve its grantmaking, applicant organizations are encouraged to include administrative overhead as part of their project budget. This reflects the Foundation's commitment to investing in the sustainability of nonprofits.

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.