nonprofit growth & sustainability grants
SPRING 2024 applications are now open and must be submitted no later than February 20, 2024 at 11:59pm.
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Nonprofit Growth &Sustainability (NGS) grants focus on enhancing the capacity and sustainabilityof nonprofit organizations in Evanston. A primary goal of the Evanston Community Foundation is to foster a robust nonprofit sector in the city. For nonprofits to thrive, they must be able to maintain their ongoing efforts and strengthen their capabilities to expand. We help support this work by offering our General Operating Grants and Capacity Building Grants.
more information, read the guidelines listed below OR download the Nonprofit Growth and Sustainability Grant Guidelines & Calendar: Capacity Building Grants | General Operating Grants | Grants Cycle Calendar.
Spring '24 General Operating Grants: Unrestricted funding
This checklist will help you evaluate if you are eligible for a general operating grant. If your organization does not meet the eligibility requirements for the General Operating grant opportunity, we suggest you check out our Capacity-Building or E-Town Innovation Opportunities.
Please review the following information carefully before beginning an application. For general operating grants, organizations must:
This grant opportunity will not support the following:
Your organization can apply for:
apply by February 20, 2024
Capacity Building Grants: Project-specific grants that help grow your organizational capacity
We fund specific capacity-building projects that support an organization's long-term development and growth. Example projects could include racial equity assessment and training, program evaluation improvement, and software upgrades that enhance your work.
which organizations are eligible
We invite you to review the following checklist to determine if your organization is eligible to apply for this grant opportunity:
projects should fit into one of the following categories:
this grant opportunity will not support the following:
Your organization can apply for:
please check back at a later date for Capacity Building grants application timeline.
how to appply
All application materials must be submitted through ECF's online grant system (GLM). Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the grant schedule. The grants committee will make funding decisions approximately two months after proposal submission for Capacity Building grants and General Operating grants. View the Calendar for application dates. If you need access to a computer or assistance submitting online, call 847-492-0990 or email ECF Program Officer, Jenna Beltrano.
Applicants can find all applications and their respective questions and materials — through our GLM online grants system. For the General Operating grant application will need to submit the following materials:
- Current fiscal year operating budget including revenue sources (if you have it)
- Prior fiscal year operating budget including revenue sources (if you have it)
- Prior fiscal year budget-to-actuals
- A brief budget narrative to address any significant variances in the annual operating budget or actuals (if needed only)
- Demographics of executive staff leadership, full time staff, and board members
- Diversity/Equal Opportunity/Racial Equity Policy