immediate needs — recovery

$282,100 in grants through September 15

Evanston Community Rapid Response (ECRR) Fund

grants focus

From the beginning of the crisis, ECF has anticipated that we will all have to adapt to changes to be able to successfully recover safely. These grants support nonprofits as they adapt to reopen safely, with new equipment and new protocols. They also support efforts that help individuals and families adapt to changes in employment and education in the changing world.


  • Evanston Chamber of Commerce

    ($25,488) PPE and cleaning equipment for early childhood  programs with early childhood programs (IWSE, Reba Early Learning Center, Learning Bridge, Toddler Town, Childcare Network of Evanston, McGaw YMCA, Family Focus, Covenant Nursery School, Barbereux School, Puerta Abierta Preschool, Cherry Preschool, School for Little Children, Northminster Nursery School, Roycemore School, and Unity Preschool) with partial support from restricted grant from Lighthouse Rotary.

    ($11,646) PPE and cleaning equipment for youth and family programming, with Family Focus and McGaw YMCA. 

  • Evanston Early Childhood Council

    ($22,000) Support for staff person to coordinate advocacy efforts and communications.

    ($27,698) Support for early childhood care and education programs to purchase additional supplies necessary for safe reopening. 

  • Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse

    ($2500) Organization and distribution of PPE and cleaning equipment to early childhood and family programs.


  • Books & Breakfast with Y.O.U, District 65, and Northwestern University
    ($50,000) Books & Breakfast (B & B) will provide remote tutoring to at least 380 District 65 students and train Y.O.U. colleagues to use their model to tutor an additional 120. The relationship-based program offers one-to-one homework help from community volunteers and Northwestern University undergraduates trained and supervised by B & B staff. District 65 has committed an additional $50,000. 


  • Impact Behavioral Health Partners($14,000): Impact is bridging the technology gap for 110 participants with internet connected devices which will allow improved access to telehealth services and allow more opporunities and access to services in a digitally dependent world.


  • Center for Independent Futures

    ($10,000) Support five ETHS Transition House graduates with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families in planning and implementing steps and goals toward a full life in COVID environment, including employment and community engagement and living.

  • Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse

    ($48,768) Enrolling Evanston residents in ERW workforce training program for building trades.

  • Evanston Scholars

    ($25,000) Support Scholar-Designed Internship program to replace lost summer jobs, internships, and wages due to COVID-19.

  • Youth Job Center with James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy and Curt’s Café

    ($45,000) Personalized support for 100 recent ETHS graduates without plans for education or employment.