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full proposal process

Selected from the pool of submitted Letters of Inquiry, invited organizations will be asked to submit full proposals.

about our process

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1. The text submitted during the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) phase, as well as the answers you give in this second round, will be blended together to form a collective application that will be reviewed as a complete package by our grants committee.

2. If you wish to update your project budget or any of the other attachments submitted in the LOI phase (list of board of directors, fiscal-year budget with actuals, 990s), you may attach them at the bottom of the current application. Please email grants(at)evanstonforever.org to let us know you've updated these documents.

3.  You do NOT need to deliver hard copies of your proposal to the Foundation office this year.

evaluation criteria

The grants committee of the Evanston Community Foundation includes ECF board members, Northwestern University Dance Marathon co-chairs, and community representatives. The criteria are listed in the guidelines.

full proposal requirements

The full proposal questions are provided for program and capacity building applications. The Proposal Questions & Requirements can be downloaded for reference. Invited organizations will submit proposals online using GLM

PROPOSAL: PROGRAM GRANT REQUESTS

1.    Funding: Please list each source, amount, and status (pending or secured). (1000 characters)

2.    Challenge/Opportunity: What Evanston challenge or opportunity do you seek to address with this request? (2200 characters)

3.    Goals: What are the specific goals of this project to meet this challenge? How do you plan to measure if your goals are being reached? What will indicate a successful outcome? (1200 characters)

4.    Qualifications: What resources, experience, and/or expertise does your organization bring to the challenge your project seeks to address? What other groups or organizations address this need/challenge in Evanston? How does your organization complement these other efforts in Evanston? (1800 characters)

5.    Methods: How will this project be implemented and what is the timetable? Remember, the funding period is July 1 to June 30. How will you reach your intended audience and/or recruit participants? (1200 characters)

6.    Sustainability: How will this effort be sustained after the grant period ends? (1200 characters)

7.    Collaboration: Is this project a collaboration? If yes, please answer the following:

a    Is this a simple collaboration (short-term, relatively informal) or a joint partnership (pooled resources, formal relationship)?

b.    Explain the collaboration, including the collaborator’s names, roles, and responsibilities. (1200 characters)

c.    Attach up to three letters of support, understanding, or agreement (MOU).

PROPOSAL: CAPACITY BUILDING GRANT REQUESTS

1.    Funding: Please list each source, amount, and status (pending or secured). (1000 characters)

2.    Qualifications: What resources, experience, and/or expertise does your organization bring to Evanston? What other groups or organizations address this need/challenge? How does your organization complement these other efforts in Evanston? (1800 characters)

3.    Goals: What are the specific goals of this project? How will you assess if your goals are being reached? What will indicate a successful outcome? How will you measure the degree to which your organization has been strengthened? (1200 characters)

4.    Readiness: Describe how your organization is ready to undertake this capacity building project. Why is this project important at this time? (1200 characters)

5.    Methods: How will this project be implemented and what is the timetable? Remember, the funding period is July 1 to June 30. (1200 characters)

6.    Vendor: Will this project be undertaken by a consultant or firm? If so, what was/will be your selection process? If already selected, please give an overview of the provider and upload the vendor agreement. If not yet selected, please explain how you arrived at the proposal request amount. (1200 characters)

7.    Sustainability: Will this capacity building project be completed by the end of the grant period? If not, how will this project be sustained after the grant period ends? (1200 characters)