Our 2018 Annual Report is online!

grants cycles

Relevant dates and resources are listed for open application grants programs, and for by invitation only grants programs. Learn about all of the grant opportunities.

resources for all grants programs

Eligibility requirements: Any group or organization providing services to Evanston residents may apply for a grant that is either a 501(c)(3) organization, school, or government entity or group who has a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Sec. 501(3)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All proposals must address issues, concerns, or opportunities in the Evanston community.

orange-bullet.png  Philosophy and Process
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open applications

grant program RFP and guidelines key dates

application materials


forms and materials for current grantee organizations

Climate Action Fund Grants to improve energy efficiency. apply anytime for more information contact Jan Fischer
Responsive Grants

■ theory of change

■ 2020 RFP will be released in early Dec.




Approved applicants have been invited to submit a full proposal by February 20, 2019. ECF will announce funding decisions in mid-May.

application materials

samples from 2019 process
letter of inquiry

■ application

project budget (template)


current 2018-2019 grantees

calendar (2018-2019)
sample agreement

reporting documents for 2019-2020 
GRANT PERIOD begins July 1, 2019.

Responsive Grant Project Budget


Rolling Grants


apply anytime for consideration by the grants committee on a quarterly basis (Mar., Jun., Sept., Dec.)

application materials

Rolling Grants project budget form


current grantee organizations to submit at end of grant year

Rolling Grants final report form

Rolling Grants project budget form

root2fruit Grants


(* root2fruit alumni see below for by invitation only grants)





application deadline October 1, 2019.

application materials
online application


sample documents
planning and evaluation materials


current grantees
Interim report completed June 25, 2018

final report - 1st & 2nd year grantees, due December 14, 2018

final report - 3rd year graduating grantees, due December 14, 2018

by invitation only

grant program RFP and guidelines key dates

application materials


forms and materials for current grantee organizations

Building the Future major gift challenge closed provide materials as detailed in overview document


closed by invitation only
Evanston Cradle to Career


Only for Evanston Cradle to Career organizations. Action Plan proposals due September 7, 2018 (revised date).

 application materials


budget template

root2fruit alumni Grants





Next cycle: due October 16

sample documents from 2017 to apply

online using eGrant

current alumni grantee organizations
submitted Dec. 4, 2017

year-end final report