ECF has a wide variety of grant programs that advance the three key goals of our 2016 strategic plan: racial equity, collaboration, and a thriving nonprofit community. Some programs have an open application process and others are by invitation only. Our grantmaking decisions are made by committees comprised of board members and community representatives. Learn more about the Foundation's grant philosophy and processes.
How does ECF define capacity building?
by invitation only
definitions and explanations
Any group or organization providing services to Evanston residents may apply for a grant. Applicants are either 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, or government entities or groups who have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All proposals must address issues, concerns, or opportunities in the Evanston community.
Capacity building: organizational initiatives that focus on building infrastructure to support an organization’s long-term growth and development to better fulfill its mission (e.g. strategic plans, board development, software upgrades, revenue-generating staff positions).