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collective and enduring initiatives

$174,150 in grants through September 15

Evanston Community Rapid Response (ECRR) Fund

grants focus

The COVID crisis has highlighted the inequities and challenges of our society, but it has also highlighted some of Evanston’s greatest strengths: our assets of thriving nonprofit and business communities and our ability and experience of working collectively. The collective efforts that have been forged during this time will have an enduring impact on Evanston. 

  • Evanston Care Network

    ($5000) Expands collective point of entry to include Amita Health crisis hotline accessible 24/7, including training on utilizing Evanston Care Network to provide social services resources outside of Evanston Public Library and 311 hours. 

    ($5400) Establishes networked platform to help residents find needed services and nonprofits coordinate referrals and efforts, using the Aunt Bertha platform.In collaboration with City of Evanston 311, City of Evanston Health and Human Services, and Evanston Public Library.

  • Evanston Latinos 

    ($9750) Ongoing support for community engagement manager.

    ($14,000) Strengthens Latino community and communications through web and text messaging platforms, translation for nonprofits for COVID resource materials, and community engagement.

  • Evanston Local Marketplace: collaboration among Black Business Consortium Evanston North Shore, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Evanston Community Foundation, and Evanston Latinos

    ($100,000) Creation and administration of the Evanston Local Marketplace, an online platform to promote minority and women owned business, advance collective purchasing, and connect local business with institutional buyers.

  • Executive Service Corps

    ($2500) Assistance to nonprofits in applying for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

  • Literacy Works

    ($12,500) Assistance for nonprofits and other institutions in making communications clearer, especially for those who have barriers to basic literacy or English language skills.

  • STEM School Evanston with District 65 and the City of Evanston Reparations Subcommittee

    ($25,000) Creation of initial feasibility study, comparative modeling, and investigation of multiple funding strategy by Equity Schools for the development of a new school in Evanston’s central core which would primarily serve that community.