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responsive grants overview  

Responsive grants span a broad range of community opportunities and needs across Evanston. Through the responsive grants program, ECF makes capacity building investments that strengthen nonprofit organizations, as well as grants that improve or expand programs in order to make a difference in Evanston. APPLY online through GLM.

If you need access to a computer or need assistance submitting online, please contact our office at (847) 492-0990. 

strategic goals

The Evanston Community Foundation makes investments in organizations and projects that advance the following strategic goals:
• An Evanston that is inclusive and equitable for all
• An empowered and engaged community that collaborates across sectors to define problems and work on solutions
• A thriving nonprofit sector

2020-2021 grants process
ECF will announce funding decisions by May 22, 2020.

We request proposals that address one or more of the Foundation’s three external strategic goals, as listed above, representing any aspect of the Evanston community. We have particular interest in work that advances the long-term sustainability of organizations and community efforts.

Applicants may request amounts between $5,000 and $20,000 for a one-year project (July 1 to June 30). A limited number of two-year grants will be awarded for capacity building requests or programs that advance two or more of the above strategic goals.Two-year grant requests may be between $10,000 and $40,000. Requests that are not selected for two-year support will be automatically considered for one-year support for half the requested amount, unless otherwise indicated. For proposals under $5,000 organizations can consider applying for Rolling Grants.

Organizations or groups must serve the Evanston population and either meet the specific 501(c)(3) qualifications or have a qualified fiscal sponsor. The applicant will also meet the additional eligibility requirements specified in the Guidelines.

grant process




contact us

For further questions or inquiries contact Rebecca Cacayuran. While not part of the formal application process, potential grantees are encouraged to meet with ECF Program staff to discuss proposal ideas - please see dates and time slots available on the left bar.