immediate needs — relief

$2,790,987  in grants through April 14, 2021

Evanston Community Rapid Response (ECRR) Fund

grants focus

The immediate impact of the crisis has been on people’s basic needs — food, supplies, and shelter. Since March 23, 2020 ECF has partnered with nonprofit and business partners to support our most vulnerable neighbors through strategic grants addressing basic needs. 

Grants have been given in the following categories: children and families, early childhood, food and supplies, housing, mental health, senior services, and undocumented and mixed status families. 


  • PTA Equity Project
    ($50,000) Basic human needs for 630 District 65 families, managed by school principals and social workers. In collaboration with Evanston/Skokie Council of PTAs, individual District 65 school PTAs, Foundation 65, and Evanston Baseball & Softball Association.($14,000) Collaboration with PTA Equity Project and Foundation 65 to provide 200 laptops to District 65 students. Tech support available through District 65 and Evanston Public Library.


  • Childcare Network of Evanston
    ($15,000) Basic needs for young children.

  • Family Focus 
    ($15,000) Basic needs for young children.

  • Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
    ($41,000) Basic needs for young children, in collaboration with Evanston Latinos and Evanston Past, Present, and Future.

  • Learning Bridge Early Education Center 
    ($20,000) Basic needs for young children.

  • Reba Early Learning Center
    ($30,000) Basic needs for 30 families with young children.


  • C & W Market 
    ($482,975) Weekly groceries for families with very young children in collaboration with Evanston Aid and District 65 Family Center. Weekly groceries for vulnerable seniors

  • Chef Q 
    ($235,126) Two meals for families daily.

  • Chessman Club 
    ($2100) Supplement Oakton School’s Blessings in a Backpack program to provide ingredients for one weekly family dinner through the school year.

  • Cradles to Crayons

    ($7500) Cradles to Crayons logistical coordination with Evanston’s Bundled Blessings to provide and distribute diapers to 650 children, using Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse’s staffed facility. Diapers distributed to families through organizations, including Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, Family Focus, Childcare Network of Evanston, District 65 Family Center, Learning Bridge Early Education Center, and Evanston Aid.

  • Curt’s Café
    ($72,177) 5 meals weekly for 10 Family Focus families (60 individuals).

  • Gyros Planet and Taqueria

    ($164,785) Meals for 100 Latinx Evanstonians from St. Nicholas Church and District 65,

  • Hillside Food Pantry

    ($2000) Additional food for April.

  • Interfaith Action

    ($7500) Increased costs for coordination of 10 soup kitchens and food.

  • Soul & Smoke

    ($382,500) Meals for 400 people, including District 65 referred families and seniors in 2300 Noyes building

    ($30,000) Meals for 150-200 people daily for April.


  • Connections for the Homeless

    ($225,000) Eviction prevention services for approximately 90 households 

    ($14,000) Support for 26 new milieu assistants and housing specialists payroll that will not be reimbursed by FEMA for June and July.

    ($37,500) Support for Housing Manager for six months to transition individuals from hotels to long-term housing.

    ($25,000) In partnership with Curt’s Café — Housing and food for 40 families in a hotel for April.

  • Family Promise

    ($8000) Housing and food for families in April.

  • Housing Opportunities Development Corporation (HODC)
    ($3250) House and feed Claridge apartment resident temporarily displaced by Jan 2021 fire.

  • Interfaith Action of Evanston
    ($13,386) Support for winter day shelter for homeless.

  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore

    ($45,000) Safe housing and food for domestic abuse survivors.


  • Trilogy Behavioral Health

    ($15,000) In collaboration with Connections for the Homeless, expansion and adaptation of access to mental health diagnosis and care for participants in Connections for the Homeless Hilda's Place. 


  • Dementia Friendly Task Force with Meals on Wheels, City of Evanston's Senior Services, Evanston 311, Evanston Latinos, four Subsidized Senior Housing Buildings

    ($5,500) Pilot cross-sector collaborative initiative to support older adults and their care partners by providing provide printed resource and activity packets that are interactive, inter-generational, and designed to cognitively stimulate and engage older adults.

  • Jennifer’s Edibles

    ($139,938) Two meals daily for 100 to 200 seniors.

  • Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois

    ($76,000) Supporting 30% increase in number of people served.


  • Evanston Cradle to Career 

    ($60,000) $500 lost wages relief to undocumented families.

  • Evanston Cricket & Social Club 
    ($50,000) Provide $500 lost wages relief to Evanston Jamaican families (primarily undocumented).

  • FLAP 
    ($400,000) Working closely with Evanston Cradle to Career to provide $500 lost wages relief to Evanston Latinx families (primarily undocumented).

  • Haitian Congress 
    ($100,000) Provide $500 lost wages relief to Evanston Haitian families (primarily undocumented).