grants cycles

During the Covid-19 pandemic, ECF has pivoted its grantmaking to respond to the challenges of the crisis. Open applications are available for Operating Grants for Evanston-serving nonprofits.

ECF manages all aspects of our grants programs through an online grants management system: from applications to evaluation plans, to grant agreements to reporting. Click here to create an account and see all open applications (this is how to create an account).

Our grants programs are organized by open application and by invitation only. Learn about all of the grants opportunities here

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.

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open applications

Learn about the Rapid Response Operating Grants.

by invitation only

grant program RFP and guidelines key dates

application materials


forms and materials for current grantee organizations

Building Resilient Organizations open to root2fruit alumni


program information



Applications due by December 7, 2020

■ apply on GLM (ECF grant management system).