JN092-100x100.jpg  Thank you to all the donors who gave to ECF in 2017 to create a vibrant, just and inclusive community.

community catalyst grants

These discretionary grants address community needs as they arise, as well as advance strategic initiatives throughout the year.

The 2013 inception of the Community Catalyst grants gives ECF a new way to invest in opportunities that can make Evanston stronger.

responding to community needs

For the second year, ECF awarded a Community Catalyst grant towards the purchase of school supplies. Announced in July 2015, ECF supported a partnership between Evanston/Skokie School District 65, COPE (Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston) and the District 65 PTA Council. “With more than 2600 students in District 65 eligible for free lunch, there is a critical need to support families in getting their children off to a strong start this fall. ECF is pleased to award a grant of $2500 in support of this project that augments the efforts of school-based PTAs. We encourage others to join us,” says Sara Schastok, ECF’s President and CEO.

Marybeth Schroeder, vice president for programs at ECF said, "With these Community Catalyst grants, established in 2013, the Foundation has the capacity to respond to needs that come up between grant cycles. Given the work the Foundation has done on key strategic initiatives like Every Child Ready for Kindergarten, we couldn't be more pleased to make sure that every child is ready to begin their school year with the tools they need to succeed."

grants awarded

Grants awarded in 2016:

Re-open Shower Facilities, Connections for the Homeless     $6000

Grants awarded in 2015:

Justice Day, Open Communities     $1000

Levy Senior Center Bus, Levy Senior Center    $1000

New Year's Eve 2015, First Night Evanston     $2500

Emergency School Supplies, a partnership between Evanston/Skokie School District 65, COPE (Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston) and the District 65 PTA Council     $2500

Grants awarded in 2014:

American Writer's Museum Exhibit, Evanston Public Library    $1,200

Does Early Childhood Education Really Matter? Conference, Childcare Network of Evanston   $250

Emergency School Supplies, Evanston/Skokie School District 65    $9,000

New Year's Eve 2014, First Night Evanston    $500

RACE: Are We So Different, YWCA Evanston/North Shore    $5,000

Grants awarded in 2013:

Collective Call-to-Action Summit for Opportunity Youth, Youth Job Center of Evanston   $2,000

Evanston: 150 years, 150 places, Design Evanston   $501

Hispanic Heritage Month, Latino Resources   $1,000

Market for All Seasons: Building on Success, Evanston Community Market   $2,500

On Site: Putting Dance on the Map, Evanston Dance Ensemble    $2,500

partners and funders

Community Catalyst grants are funded each year through Northwestern University's Dance Marathon's (NUDM) partnership with ECF, and are increased through other ECF grantmaking partnerships.