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operating grants

$827,234 in operating grants through August 25

Evanston Community Rapid Response (ECRR) Fund

supporting and protecting organizations

Operating grants are designed to protect Evanston’s vital nonprofit infrastructure so that is can continue to serve our community during and after the pandemic crisis. Grants support organizations who have lost earned and/or fundraising income or incurred new costs due to adapting their services and environment. ECF has also supported nonprofits by immediately removing restrictions from all previously awarded grants in mid-March so that organizations could use grant dollars in the best way to respond to the crisis and its impact.

grants committee

An operating grants committee, made up of ECF board members and representatives of the Evanston communities, reviews applications and recommends selection. Operating grants are for up to $25,000 or 25% of annual operating budget (whichever is less).

grants cycle

Operating grants were offered twice monthly initially and then monthly. Beginning in August, operating grants will be offered on a bimonthly basis. Interested organizations can learn more and apply.

operating grants awarded

Fifth round of grants approved August 25

Books & Breakfas ($6250)

Curt's Cafe ($25,000)

Connections for the Homeless ($25,000)

McGaw YMCA ($25,000)

PEER Services ($18,750)

Warren W. Cherry Preschool ($12,500)

Fourth round of grants approved July 1
Connections for the Homeless ($25,000)
Girls Play Sports, Inc. NFP ($9,025)

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston ($25,000)

Learning Bridge Early Education Center ($25,000)

McGaw YMCA ($25,000)

Rainbows for All Children ($10,000)

Youth & Opportunity United ($25,000)

YWCA Evanston/North Shore ($25,000)

Third round grants approved June 17

Connections for the Homeless ($25,000)

Evanston Symphony Orchestra ($3,050)

Family Focus Evanston ($25,000)

Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) ($25,000)

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston ($25,000)

Reba Early Learning Center ($25,000)

Second round grants approved May 21

Childcare Network of Evanston ($25,000)

Children's Advocacy Center ($25,000)

Family Promise Chicago North Shore ($18,332)

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy ($25,000)

NAMI CCNS ($16,791)

Open Communities ($25,000)

PEER Services ($25,000)

Puerta Abierta ($18,750)

Reba Early Learning Center ($25,000)

Reba Place Development Corporation ($15,208)

YWCA Evanston/North Shore ($25,000)

First round grants approved April 27

Center for Independent Futures ($12,500)

Connections for the Homeless ($25,000)

Curt’s Café ($25,000)

Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) ($10,000)

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston ($25,000)

McGaw YMCA ($25,000)

Mudlark Theater ($17,000)

Open Studio Project ($9,166)