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grantmaking history

Our competitive and strategic grants represent a key portion of the $13.8 million in total historical grants and distributions from all of our funds.

Search our full archive below to view recipients. For details on a specific grant click on the "more" link that follows an organization/grantee name.

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Center for Independent Futures more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Basic Human Needs25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Child Care Center of Evanston more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Early Childhood25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Early Childhood25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

City of Evanston - Evanston Public Library more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Early Childhood25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Connections for the Homeless more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Basic Human Needs25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Evanston Coalition For Latino Resources more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Community Development25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Environment25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Family Focus more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Youth25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Fellowship of African-American Men more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Youth25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Grandmother Park Initiative more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Community Development25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Housing Options for the Mentally Ill more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Basic Human Needs25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Early Childhood25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Interfaith Action of Evanston more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Basic Human Needs25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Youth25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

LIFT-Evanston more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Basic Human Needs25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Open Studio Project more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Arts25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Health25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Piccolo Theatre, Inc. more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Arts25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Seniors25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Shorefront more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Arts25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

The Family Room more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Early Childhood25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

The Musical Offering more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Arts25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Early Childhood25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Youth25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Youth25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

One of 25 organizations honored with a discretionary grant in honor of ECFs 25th anniversary. Selected Evanston organizations have had an enduring impact on Evanston, and ECFs grants and programs have made a significant different in the extent of their impact.

2012Women and Girls25th Anniversary Awards$1,000

City of Evanston - Evanston Public Library more

Communityworks Every Child Ready for Kindergarten grant for enrichment for home visiting families

2012Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$1,850

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - Family Center more

Communityworks Grant - Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Initiative - Parents as Teachers (PAT) model of home visiting and parent support

2012Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$48,185

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Every Child Ready for Kindergarten / BabyTALK Collaboration

2012Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$89,801

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

To support preschool scholarships for home visiting families

2012Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$6,500

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Professional development in support of Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Initiative

2011Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$3,500

City of Evanston - Evanston Public Library more

Communityworks Every Child Ready for Kindergarten grant for enrichment for home visiting families

2011Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$1,855

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - Family Center more

Communityworks Grant - Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Initiative - Parents as Teachers (PAT) model of home visiting and parent support

2011Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$41,925

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - Family Center more

Communityworks Initiative - Mental Health Consultancy - Parents as Teachers Program

2011Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$3,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Every Child Ready for Kindergarten / BabyTALK Collaboration

2011Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$80,875

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Communityworks Initiative - Mental Health Consultancy - BabyTALK Collaboration

2011Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$3,000

The Family Room more

Communityworks Every Child Ready for Kindergarten grant for enrichment for home visiting families

2011Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$3,090

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

To support preschool scholarships for home visiting families

2011Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$5,000

City of Evanston - Evanston Public Library more

Communityworks Every Child Ready for Kindergarten grant for enrichment for home visiting families

2010Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$1,800

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - Family Center more

Communityworks Initiative - Mental Health Consultancy - Parents as Teachers Program

2010Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$3,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - Family Center more

Communityworks Grant - Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Initiative - Parents as Teachers (PAT) model of home visiting and parent support

2010Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$40,700

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Grant - BabyTALK Collaboration

2010Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$78,510

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Communityworks Grant for Mental Health Consultancy

2010Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$3,000

The Family Room more

Communityworks Every Child Ready for Kindergarten grant for enrichment for home visiting families

2010Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$3,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Every Child Ready for Kindergarten / BabyTALK Collaboration

2009Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$31,500

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Professional development in support of Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Initiative

2009Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$1,500

City of Evanston - Evanston Public Library more

Communityworks Every Child Ready for Kindergarten grant for enrichment for home visiting families

2009Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$400

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - Family Center more

Communityworks Grant - Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Initiative - Parents as Teachers (PAT) model of home visiting and parent support

2009Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$20,347

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Every Child Ready for Kindergarten / BabyTALK Collaboration

2009Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$70,753

The Family Room more

Communityworks Every Child Ready for Kindergarten grant for enrichment for home visiting families

2009Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$1,500

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Communityworks Grant - Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Initiative - Parents as Teachers (PAT) model of home visiting and parent support

2008Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$63,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Every Child Ready for Kindergarten / BabyTALK Collaboration

2008Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$63,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Communityworks Grant - Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Initiative - Parents as Teachers (PAT) model of home visiting and parent support

2007Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$60,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Every Child Ready for Kindergarten / BabyTALK Collaboration

2007Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$60,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Communityworks Grant - Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Initiative - Parents as Teachers (PAT) model of home visiting and parent support

2006Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$12,500

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Professional development in support of Every Child Ready for Kindergarten Initiative

2012Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$3,500

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - Family Center more

To expand home visiting and family support services

2012Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$11,500

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Every Child Ready for Kindergarten / BabyTALK Collaboration

2012Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$11,500

North Shore Village more

Challenge grant offering a $5,000 matching grant once $15,000 is added to their organizational endowment fund at ECF

2012SeniorsENDOW Now$5,000

Ladd Arboretum more

Acorn Grant to Ladd Arboretum for Purchase of Plant Materials

2012EnvironmentField of Interest$1,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Acorn Fund Imagination Grant to King Lab School garden project

2011EducationField of Interest$300

The Evanston Community Foundation more

Cultural Diversity Fund Grant for Communityworks

2011Early ChildhoodField of Interest$1,160

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

All Our Sons Fund grant for Safe Summer Summit

2011YouthField of Interest$400

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Cultural Diversity Fund grant for Early Childhood Teacher Workshops

2010Early ChildhoodField of Interest$2,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Imagination Grant Orrington School from Acorn Fund

2010EducationField of Interest$300

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Imagination Grant to Lincoln School from Acorn Fund

2010EducationField of Interest$182

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Imagination Grant to Dawes School from Acorn Fund

2010EducationField of Interest$263

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Imagination Grant Oakton School from Acorn Fund

2010EducationField of Interest$300

North Shore United Way more

Support for North Shore United Way grantmaking

2009Basic Human NeedsField of Interest$132,630

Soup at Six (Hemenway Methodist Church) more

2009 Acorn Fund Grant for fundraising support

2009Basic Human NeedsField of Interest$400

Lake Forest Hospital more

Fisher Fund grant to support ICU nurses' continuing education

2011EducationFisher$750

Connections for the Homeless more

Human needs grant for resource development expansion

2010Basic Human NeedsHuman Needs$2,500

Family Focus more

Human needs grant for pregnant and parenting teens program

2010Basic Human NeedsHuman Needs$2,500

North Shore Senior Center more

Human needs grant for grandparents raising grandchildren support program

2010Basic Human NeedsHuman Needs$2,500

Rimland Services NFP more

Human needs grant for pre-vocational program

2010Basic Human NeedsHuman Needs$2,500

The Evanston Community Foundation more

Grant from Evanston United Way Fund for Administration of 2010 Human Needs Grants

2010Basic Human NeedsHuman Needs$1,584

Trilogy, Inc. more

Human needs grant for Evanston outreach services for mentally ill homeless persons in Evanston

2010Basic Human NeedsHuman Needs$5,000

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

Human needs grant for reinforcing Teen REACH program

2010Basic Human NeedsHuman Needs$5,000

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Human needs grant for bilingual, community-based counseling and advocacy

2010Basic Human NeedsHuman Needs$5,000

Barr- Harris Children's Grief Center more

Providing specialized therapeutic intervention to children who have lost a parent or other family member, with an emphasis on low-income and homeless families.

2012Family Support and CounselingResponsive$7,500

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago more

To continue expansion of Community Based Mentoring in Evanston by serving a total of 40 Evanston youth in FY2013.

2012YouthResponsive$7,500

Center for Independent Futures more

To provide training to a small group of teachers at ETHS to be Certified Coach Trainers. The Trainers will then be a resource for all the teachers who are currently coaching students in CIF's Full Life Future Planning model.

2012EducationResponsive$13,000

Changing Worlds more

Providing hands-on arts and cultural awareness residencies conducted by literary specialists and teaching artists; teacher professional development; and school-wide community culminating events.

2012EducationResponsive$7,500

Childcare Network of Evanston more

To provide low-income parents searching for employment access to high-quality child care for their children, birth to age five.

2012Early ChildhoodResponsive$8,280

Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County more

Provides direct services for children and their non-offending family members including free, accessible follow-up counseling services for children in Evanston.

2012Family Support and CounselingResponsive$7,500

Connections for the Homeless more

To house and and provide critical health and supportive services to chronically homeless people in Evanston. Project 20 targets those who, if left on the streets, are at highest risk of dying within the year.

2012Basic Human NeedsResponsive$13,000

Curt's Cafe more

To provide job and life skills training, career coaching and job placement for youth ex-offenders and at-risk youths (16-22) and empower them to become capable, caring and confident individuals in our community.

2012YouthResponsive$5,000

Edible Evanston (a volunteer organization of the Evanston 150 challenge) more

To restore the Carlson Greenhouse to functional reuse, including upgrading the greenhouse structure, utilities and gardening spaces.

2012EnvironmentResponsive$4,850

Evanston Art Center more

To find a new location which will best accommodate current art studios, exhibition programs, and public lectures as well as EAC's future growth.

2012ArtsResponsive$7,000

Evanston History Center more

To fund a temporary staff member for a second year to coordinate the Center's community partnerships for Evanston's 150th anniversary.

2012ArtsResponsive$5,000

Evanston Mentors more

A new collaborative initiative of existing mentorship programs, focused on expanding mentorship programs in Evanston and improving the overall awareness of the importance and impact of mentoring.

2012BoysResponsive$6,000

Evanston School Children's Clothing Association more

Supplying needed apparel for free distribution to District 65 students.

2012Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - 21st Century Community Learning Centers more

To hire community providers and teachers for 8-10 session enrichment activities in science and the arts for students at Washington, Oakton and Chute Schools.

2012YouthResponsive$8,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - LakeDance more

To bring local, lake-based science curriculum to Evanston students using dance as a teaching tool.

2012EnvironmentResponsive$5,260

Family Focus more

To engage 20 families with young children in a six-week series of parenting education, child development, and parent-child bonding workshops, as well as one-on-one parent coaching.

2012Early ChildhoodResponsive$9,000

Family Promise Chicago North Shore more

Expanding social services to families and allowing the Network Director to build more organizational infrastructure and capacity.

2012Basic Human NeedsResponsive$8,000

Grandmother Park Initiative more

To establish a tot lot in an underserved neighborhood. The finished park will be donated to the City of Evanston.

2012Community DevelopmentResponsive$6,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

To provide specialized early childhood music and movement training to program staff to strengthen music and movement in the curriculum.

2012Early ChildhoodResponsive$7,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

A joint initiative with the Evanston Police Department that partners teenage boys with prior police contact with EPD officers to break down stereotypes, foster communication, and develop relationships of trust.

2012BoysResponsive$6,000

McGaw YMCA more

To promote balanced nutrition, healthy eating, and physical activity among vulnerable low-income Evanston children from infancy to age 5 by unifying community resources.

2012HealthResponsive$10,000

Rebuilding Together - North Suburban Chicago more

To repair and rehab 8 homes for low-income homeowners in Evanston.

2012HousingResponsive$5,000

Shorefront more

To expand a program that recruits black males ages 14-17 into a forum where they can research their personal and community history.

2012YouthResponsive$4,000

The Harbour, Inc. more

Provides emergency shelter, crisis intervention, and comprehensive services for homeless and runaway girls ages 12-21.

2012Basic Human NeedsResponsive$5,000

Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University more

This co-production is intended to strengthen the Evanston arts community through a partnership between the University and a local arts organization.

2012ArtsResponsive$7,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Provides board development and planning of strategic initiatives for long-term sustainability of the preschool.

2012Early ChildhoodResponsive$9,100

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

To support 15 at-risk elementary school youth participating in an intensive high-impact mentorship program which has been demonstrated to dramatically improve youth's academic, social, and emotional success.

2012YouthResponsive$10,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

Supports young, working women (ages 18-25) advance from "working poor" jobs to living-wage positions with advancement potential.

2012Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$7,500

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Assists survivors of domestic violence with navigating the court process that will enable them to gain legal protection from their abuser.

2012Women and GirlsResponsive$7,500

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago more

To expand Community Based Mentoring for a total of 20 youth served

2011YouthResponsive$7,500

Center for Independent Futures more

To support development of relationships between at-risk special education students at ETHS and committed volunteers.

2011YouthResponsive$15,000

Child Care Center of Evanston more

To support adding a second classroom for children who are 2 years old.

2011Early ChildhoodResponsive$7,082

Childcare Network of Evanston more

To provide financial assistance to Evanston low income working parents who are ineligible for Illinois Department of Human Services child care subsidies

2011Early ChildhoodResponsive$7,500

Children's Home + Aid more

To build awareness of the needs of foster children and recruit mentors and foster parents

2011Family Support and CounselingResponsive$6,000

Connections for the Homeless more

To support services and housing options aimed at moving homeless individuals into stable housing.

2011Basic Human NeedsResponsive$13,750

Erie Family Health Center, Inc. more

Support for the newest site, Erie Evanston Health Center

2011Basic Human NeedsResponsive$13,500

Evanston History Center more

To support funding a temporary part-time coordinator for Evanston's 150th anniversary projects

2011ArtsResponsive$5,000

Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA) more

To support professional music concerts to 18 Evanston schools

2011ArtsResponsive$3,000

Evanston School Children's Clothing Association more

Supplying needed apparel for free distribution to District 65 students.

2011Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,000

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association more

To expand its music education program Music in Your World to the McGaw YMCA pre-school

2011ArtsResponsive$3,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 School Age Child Care (After School) Program more

To support the development of social skills and self-expression through dance for students in the District 65 School Age Child Care Program

2011ArtsResponsive$1,280

Grandmother Park Initiative more

To establish a tot lot in an underserved neighborhood. The finished park will be donated to the City of Evanston.

2011Community DevelopmentResponsive$3,800

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Support for a monthly walk-in legal clinic that will provide hundreds of low-income residents with access to legal advice and referrals

2011Community DevelopmentResponsive$5,000

Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. more

Support for a weekly program that will develop the language and literacy skills of Evanston's preschool children

2011Early ChildhoodResponsive$7,780

LIFT-Evanston more

Support for hiring two summer Fellows to turn LIFT-Evanston's housing website into a social service directory for Evanston residents

2011Basic Human NeedsResponsive$8,000

North Shore Senior Center more

To expand outreach, education and social services to seniors with visual impairment

2011SeniorsResponsive$5,600

Northlight Theatre more

Supplementing current theatre programming while maintaining the high artistic quality set by ETHS

2011ArtsResponsive$5,150

Open Studio Project more

Providing video art making workshops to disadvantaged middle school and high school boys, culminating in a public screening/exhibit.

2011ArtsResponsive$5,200

PEER Services, Inc. more

To assist individuals living with HIV/AIDS to maximize their health and reduce the spread of HIV by providing education and support services.

2011Basic Human NeedsResponsive$7,200

Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago more

To repair and rehab homes for homeowners in need.

2011HousingResponsive$5,000

The Evanston Community Foundation

2011Early ChildhoodResponsive$16,000

The Family Room more

To provide support groups in three areas: low-income mothers, uninsured mothers, and mothers experiencing perinatal depression.

2011Family Support and CounselingResponsive$10,000

The Harbour more

Providing emergency shelter, crisis intervention, and comprehensive services for homeless and runaway girls ages 12-21.

2011Basic Human NeedsResponsive$5,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Continuing community outreach efforts to ensure at-risk children receive a quality early childhood education.

2011Early ChildhoodResponsive$5,750

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

To address the community's "civic engagement gap" by involving youth in meaningful service learning activities.

2011YouthResponsive$8,265

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

To help young, working women, ages 18-25, advance from "working poor" jobs to living wage positions with advancement potential.

2011Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$8,150

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Providing job-readiness workshops and comprehensive follow up with an Economic Life Skills Coach to help women move toward self-sufficiency.

2011Women and GirlsResponsive$9,000

Access Community Health Network more

The Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) Evanston Outreach Campaign will reach vulnerable, medically-underserved residents of Evanston, informing them of the vital services available to them through the new ACCESS at St. Francis federally-qualified health center, regardless of ability to pay.

2010HealthResponsive$8,200

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago more

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago will provide community-based mentoring to at-risk children and youth who are matched with caring, screened, and trained adult mentors.? Our trademark mentoring program offers "Bigs" and "Littles" the opportunity to plan and engage in activities that they enjoy.

2010YouthResponsive$4,500

Center for Independent Futures more

The Full Life Futures Program provides critical opportunities for Evanston youth with disabilities to develop social networks and create positive pictures for their future. CIF will work with Evanston Township High School staff and community members to create a system of support for students as they transition to adulthood.

2010YouthResponsive$15,000

City of Evanston - Evanston Public Library more

A collaborative venture between Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE) and Evanston Public Library (EPL) to create a learning community of early childhood professionals through an interrelated series of trainings, public programs, and topical book discussions.

2010Early ChildhoodResponsive$9,700

Connections for the Homeless more

Connections and the Housing Opportunities Development Corporation (HODC) will combine limited resources and their knowledge to sustain affordable housing units throughout northern Cook County and keep hundreds of families from falling into homelessness.

2010HousingResponsive$7,500

Erika's Lighthouse more

Erika's Lighthouse will provide staff development and training on childhood and adolescent depression to mental health and social service agencies serving youth and families in Evanston.

2010Family Support and CounselingResponsive$3,125

ETHS District 202 more

The Edible Acre Pilot Project is a school garden designed to enhance student understanding of organic food production by transforming?an empty lot into a garden with 24 raised beds, running water, and a fence.? The next phase will focus on youth maintenance of the garden and?using the produce in ETHS cafeterias.

2010EnvironmentResponsive$6,100

Evanston School Children's Clothing Association more

ESCCA's funds are used for one purpose: to purchase new items as part of the wardrobe of clothing provided to approximately 550 Evanston/Skokie District 65 children each year.? This grant will be used to purchase winter boots.

2010Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,000

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association more

The ESO will continue to deliver and refine its highly successful Music In Your World program for Head Start, Pre-K At Risk, and Pre-K for All students.? This program uses music to teach pre-reading and math skills and provides enrichment to an ethnically diverse group of low-income pre-school children.

2010Early ChildhoodResponsive$4,000

Family Focus more

The Health Together project will help youth and their parents focus on good health by engaging in physical activity, health education, and nutrition classes.? The project will make a difference by educating participants and by giving them an opportunity to be physically active.

2010HealthResponsive$10,000

Grandmother Park Initiative more

We are raising funds to purchase land and develop it into a "tot lot" for toddlers and their caregivers in our underserved neighborhood to improve residents' quality of life and to provide outdoor recreation and appreciation for families with small children.

2010Community DevelopmentResponsive$1,000

Have Dreams more

Have Dreams will implement a comprehensive outreach initiative in Evanston to inform the community about the autism resource services, programs, and scholarship opportunities/program fee subsidies our organization can provide.

2010Family Support and CounselingResponsive$8,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

IWSE will engage families enrolled in child care at Baby Toddler Nursery and the Child Care Center of Evanston's Family Child Care Program through two enhancements: focus groups to identify needs and wants as well as an early literacy component play groups.

2010Family Support and CounselingResponsive$10,000

Interfaith Action of Evanston

2010Basic Human NeedsResponsive$7,900

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

All Clear is an exciting new initiative of the Evanston Community Defender Office, Inc. with the goal of expunging and/or sealing every eligible Evanston residents' criminal or arrest record to create a sustainable and vibrant community by increasing employment, education, and housing opportunities for its residents.

2010Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$10,000

LIFT-Evanston more

LIFT-Evanston plans to create an online housing database in order to fill a gap within the Evanston social service system and help more Evanston residents secure affordable housing.? Two Summer Fellows will create a housing website that volunteers and community partners can use to update housing resources.

2010Basic Human NeedsResponsive$8,000

Music Institute of Chicago more

The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) Institute of Therapy through the Arts (ITA) will continue to provide expanded arts therapy to teach?appropriate self expression and?to improve self-esteem?for abused women and their children at Mary Lou's Place, the Evanston YWCA domestic violence shelter.

2010Women and GirlsResponsive$2,000

Next Theatre Co. more

Next will reach out to the Evanston community through programming, marketing, and outreach, to establish itself as Evanston's regional theater.

2010ArtsResponsive$8,000

North Shore Senior Center more

Evanston/Skokie Valley Senior Services of the North Shore Senior Center offers a support program for seniors with low vision that provides information, friendship, and skills to help them increase or maintain their independence and their ability to participate with their families and in the community.

2010Family Support and CounselingResponsive$3,000

Open Studio Project more

[Re]Creation: A Program for All Our Sons is a project in which Open Studio Project will provide a unique series of art making workshops for at-risk adolescent and teen boys.? They will transform familiar, every day recreational items into works of art to share at a special event.

2010ArtsResponsive$5,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

PEER Services will implement two evidence based models to enhance the lives of Evanston youth by addressing substance abuse in high risk youth.? The two models, Reconnecting Youth and Seeking Safety, have been demonstrated to be effective in decreasing youth substance use and increasing youth success.

2010YouthResponsive$5,000

The Evanston Community Foundation

2010Early ChildhoodResponsive$30,000

The Harbour more

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides housing and comprehensive social services for 16-21 year old homeless girls in a supervised setting while they finish high school, work 10-20 hours per week and make the transition to self-sufficiency, though counseling, instruction, and individual case management.

2010Basic Human NeedsResponsive$5,000

The Musical Offering more

Through this program, Musical Offering faculty and non-faculty musicians create interactive learning opportunities at select elementary schools specifically designed to enhance and coordinate with the existing school music curriculum.

2010ArtsResponsive$4,675

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Cherry Preschool is reaching out to our community and collaborating with local agencies to create a pilot program offering scholarships to children ages 2-3 from Evanston families who do not have access to and resources for early childhood education.

2010Early ChildhoodResponsive$3,800

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

The Employer Outreach Initiative features an Employer Outreach Coordinator who will pursue viable employment opportunities in high growth industries for our clients.? Relationships with these employers will be strengthened and developed so that clients secure and retain jobs with advancement potential.

2010Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$7,500

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

The Legal Advocacy Program of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a critical resource which provides legal information and counseling for women experiencing domestic violence who need help with navigating the court process that will enable them to gain legal protection from their abuser.

2010Women and GirlsResponsive$10,000

campusCATALYST more

Strengthens the Evanston community by partnering local nonprofit organizations with Northwestern undergraduate and business school students to engage in 10-week high-impact, pro-bono consulting projects. This program builds capacity of Evanston nonprofits while engaging students in their community and cultivating them with a lifelong commitment to the social good.

2009Community DevelopmentResponsive$2,600

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Programs for parents that help them build strengths in the following areas: enhance parental resilience, develop social connections, build knowledge of parenting and child development, offer concrete support in time of need, foster social and emotional competence of children, and promote healthy parent-child relationships.

2009Early ChildhoodResponsive$3,675

City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department more

Allows?eight students with disabilities to explore career opportunities and prepare for employment while educating the business community about the benefits of employing qualified candidates with disabilities.

2009Youth and EducationResponsive$11,920

Connections for the Homeless more

Purchase security cameras and support strategic improvements to EntryPoint, which serves over 400 men and women living on the streets of Evanston annually.

2009Basic Human NeedsResponsive$10,750

ETHS District 202 more

Converts an empty lot into a community garden that will be designed, implemented and partially maintained by ETHS students in collaboration with the residents, businesses, ETHS, and other neighborhood stakeholders. In every phase - planning, building, planting, and harvesting - this food production project will provide learning experiences, leadership opportunities, and summer jobs for ETHS students, as well as produce and health benefits for the larger community.

2009Youth and EducationResponsive$8,000

Evanston Art Center more

Artistic programs for at-risk youth run in collaboration with Family Focus. These programs will help young people explore personal issues through art to improve their communication skills and self-confidence.

2009ArtsResponsive$3,650

Evanston Day Nursery Association more

Continues to keep at risk children attending full-day child care or after school care at Evanston Day Nursery while their family is experiencing a crisis. Families can also utilize a variety of supports to overcome short-term obstacles and become connected to appropriate community contacts and resources.

2009Family Support and CounselingResponsive$5,700

Evanston School Children's Clothing Association more

ESCCA provides clothing, including new gym shoes and winter boots, to District 65 children whose families request assistance, approximately 550 children each school year.

2009Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,000

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association more

Continues to deliver and refine this highly successful program for Head Start, Pre-K At Risk and Pre-K for All students at School District 65. This program uses music to teach important pre-reading and math skills and provides cultural enrichment to ethnically diverse, low-income pre-school children.

2009Early ChildhoodResponsive$3,550

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 School Age Child Care (After School) Program more

Teaches students in the D65 School Age Child Care (after school) program how and why they should exercise and make healthy food choices through the implementation of an innovative exercise curriculum designed specifically for young learners.

2009Youth and EducationResponsive$8,000

Housing Options for the Mentally Ill more

This technology-based resource center with Internet access will enable residents to learn computer basics and software programs; research job training opportunities; conduct job searches; and connect with the larger mental health support community.

2009Basic Human NeedsResponsive$5,350

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Reach families with children in child care with the goal of reducing parent stress and normalizing parenting challenges across groups of parents.

2009Family Support and CounselingResponsive$9,500

Interfaith Action of Evanston more

Provides a warm nurturing environment for the homeless of Evanston every day of the year. Services include breakfast, hygiene items, employment, personal voicemails, transportation assistance, and respectful interaction with volunteers.

2009Basic Human NeedsResponsive$6,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Provides youth offenders the vehicle to assess strengths and barriers in their lives, develop specific goals to achieve a successful future, and finally, to realize this future through mentorship and community support.

2009Family Support and CounselingResponsive$12,500

LAF more

Through outreach and onsite activities, this project will educate and empower individuals to move towards self-sufficiency. Legal Assistance clients will be connected with homeless prevention services and Connections for the Homeless clients will be able to access public benefits and justice through the court system.

2009Basic Human NeedsResponsive$10,330

Music Institute of Chicago more

Continue to provide expanded arts therapy services for abused women and their children at the Evanston YWCA domestic violence shelter. Sessions will teach appropriate self-expression and work on improving self-esteem by providing opportunities for success.

2009Women and GirlsResponsive$6,000

North Shore Senior Center more

Offers a group of low income, largely African American grandparents, who are raising their grandchildren, the practical resources, emotional support, parenting education, respite from the stresses of parenting and poverty, and activities for family building to help them provide a wholesome environment for their grandchildren

2009Family Support and CounselingResponsive$3,000

Open Studio Project more

Collaborative community-based art program that provides a creative outlet for youth. Youth participants work alongside artists and trained facilitators, learning a technique that allows adolescents to demonstrate healthy self-expression through art projects and journaling.

2009ArtsResponsive$1,000

Ridgeville Park District more

Teach video field production skills to middle and high school aged children in Brummel, Elks, and Reba Parks, who will in turn create videos about their lives and their neighborhood.

2009Youth and EducationResponsive$1,940

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

One of the few preschool programs in the Chicago area that provides 25 special needs children with inclusion aides specifically hired and funded to support them in a classroom with typically developing children.

2009Early ChildhoodResponsive$4,000

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

Address the need for meaningful service-learning opportunities and will engage middle and high school-age youth from Nichols, Chute Middle schools and Evanston Township High School in meaningful opportunities for service.

2009Youth and EducationResponsive$8,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

Expand technology capabilities of on-site computer lab training and client management systems, train more clients and develop targeted individualized employment plans for each client.

2009WorkforceResponsive$10,000

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Continued support to enable project to reach a greater population of low-income women in our community, and provide economic empowerment options to organizations currently without programmatic capacity.

2009Women and GirlsResponsive$8,800

Attitudes Rising Towards Successfoundation more

Community-based programs for African-American boys and young adults that emphasize character development, creative expression, mentoring, study skills and career planning.

2008BoysResponsive$10,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

A program to encourage male involvement by providing a place where males and the children in their lives can spend quality time engaged in active play. The males are supported in becoming positive role models who help build happier, healthier, and more stable lives for the children in their lives.

2008Early ChildhoodResponsive$5,000

City of Evanston - Evanston Public Library more

Home-Based LEAP will create a network of home daycare providers who use Play Literacy to teach early literacy skills to preschool-age children. The project delivers training, modeling and literacy-rich materials to home-based child care providers, and connects the providers to the resources of the Evanston Public Library.

2008Early ChildhoodResponsive$9,500

City of Evanston Disability Services/Human Relations more

A program to provide employment opportunities for youth with disabilities by assisting businesses in removing physical and pre-conceived social barriers, and educating them on the benefits of hiring youth with disabilities.

2008Youth and EducationResponsive$7,500

Connections for the Homeless more

Funding to provide outreach and intensive case management services to families on the waiting list for Connections Family Transitional Housing Program, to increase the self-sufficiency of the families and allow them to bypass transitional housing program, moving more quickly into affordable and appropriate housing.

2008HousingResponsive$10,000

Evanston Dance Ensemble more

A recreational opportunity for children with physical disabilities to experience the benefits of movement, music, self expression and performance through a special dance course, which culminates in an informal recital.

2008ArtsResponsive$1,650

Evanston Day Nursery Association more

A program to keep children attending full-day childcare or after school care at EDN while their family is experiencing a crisis such as unemployment, loss of housing, loss of state support or family upheaval. Through this initiative, families will not only be able to remain enrolled for child care services, but will be able to utilize a variety of supports to overcome short-term obstacles and become connected to appropriate community contacts and resources.

2008Early ChildhoodResponsive$9,280

Evanston School Children's Clothing Association more

To fund the purchase of sports bras and camisoles for girls.

2008Basic Human NeedsResponsive$750

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association more

A program for Pre-K At-Risk and Pre-K for All students in District 65 to introduce the highly successful music education program, Music in Your World.?

2008ArtsResponsive$3,500

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - 21st Century Community Learning Centers more

Program support to increase the number of students, and expand the array of accessible enrichment activities for District 65 students in the CCLC after-school program. CCLC, Family Focus, Y.O.U. and local community enrichment providers work together to help schools improve student achievement by providing homework help, tutoring, recreational and enrichment activities to recommended students.

2008Youth and EducationResponsive$6,500

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 School Age Child Care (After School) Program more

Educational performances at The Mime Company at Northwestern University for students in District 65's after school program. Mime Company teaching artists will focus on problem-solving, socialization skills and character education using mime, a highly physical and nonverbal mode of storytelling.

2008Youth and EducationResponsive$2,725

Family Focus more

Family Focus Our Place will convene girls in an ongoing program focused on issues of bullying and fighting. The program will give the target population necessary conflict resolution skills, an acceptable outlet for their emotions, and social and emotional support.

2008Women and GirlsResponsive$10,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Child care relief for socially isolated mothers who are coping with a degree of mental, medical or physical limitations that prevent them from working and receiving federal childcare subsidies. With the availability of quality child care, these mothers will have the opportunity to seek intervention and treatment in coping with the mental health and stress factors that put their families at risk.

2008Family Support and CounselingResponsive$11,900

Light Opera Works more

Funding to help bring professional opera performances to elderly patrons in ten Evanston nursing homes, health facilities and community centers. These performances will feature professional singers and include a Q&A period following the performance.

2008ArtsResponsive$5,000

Music Institute of Chicago more

The Music Institute of Chicago's Institute for Therapy Arts (ITA) will provide expanded arts therapy services for abused women and their children at the Evanston YWCA domestic violence shelter. The sessions will teach appropriate self expression and work on improving self esteem by providing opportunities for success.

2008Women and GirlsResponsive$6,000

Organizacion Latina de Evanston (OLE) more

A series of informal gatherings of "support and action groups" in Hispanic homes to promote education as a source of personal empowerment, thereby helping and encouraging families to understand and take advantage of educational opportunities in Evanston.

2008Community DevelopmentResponsive$7,740

Piccolo Theatre, Inc. more

A project to implement a consulting and training program, supported by appropriate technology, to develop new management and governance strategies and structures for the board of directors and staff.

2008ArtsResponsive$10,665

Samaritan Counseling Center more

A partnership with local child care providers to offer free and low cost mental health services to parents, children and families to provide psychotherapeutic resources to those who would otherwise be unable to access the help they need- families facing stress, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict or other mental health issues.

2008Family Support and CounselingResponsive$10,040

SHORE Community Services, Inc. more

SHORE Community Service Early Intervention Program will offer developmental therapy playgroups for children 0-3 with developmental delays. The playgroups will be taught in Spanish and Polish and families will be able to network with one another.

2008Early ChildhoodResponsive$10,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

A tuition assistance program for families in Clase de Padres e Hijos, a parent/child preschool experience for children under 3, to help Latino families with tuition as children move into the regular preschool program for 3-5 year olds.

2008Early ChildhoodResponsive$5,000

Washington School PTA - District 65 more

Funding to launch and support implementation of an after-school science and service club and a school-based family community garden, using the Roots & Shoots model. Roots & Shoots, created by Jane Goodall, is a model for engaging and educating students about the environment, animals and people.

2008EnvironmentalResponsive$9,800

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

A program to provide District 65 teachers with teenage tutors (age 14-15) to assist in their classrooms. Tutors earn a stipend, gain experience, learn the importance of gainful employment, achieve life skills to carry with them into the future and become role models for younger students.

2008Youth and EducationResponsive$12,500

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

A program to strengthen the financial literacy of low-to-moderate income women in transition (divorced, recently single, living in temporary housing, entering the workforce for the first time, victims of domestic violence, and/or young, single moms) by increasing awareness of financial matters, providing tools to help with budgeting, banking and credit issues, enabling participants to gain an understanding of the primary components of financial security and providing access to financial opportunities.

2008Women and GirlsResponsive$6,750

BEHIV, Better Existence with HIV more

This grant helped fund a relocation project.? The relocation of the Executive Director, Director of Development, Special Events Manager and Grants Manager from the Evanston office to a new Chicago office will allow the Evanston office the necessary space to accommodate new services; HIV testing, case management and social support groups.

2007Basic Human NeedsResponsive$5,000

Connections for the Homeless more

This grant funded the long-range strategic plan of ending homelessness in Evanston.? The strategic planning process is essential to evaluate the services, hear from the constituency groups and coordinated with Alliance for the Homelessness and the community to set short and long range priorities for ending homelessness in Evanston.? This will be done via?a comprehensive evaluation and long-range planning processes.

2007Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,000

ETHS District 202 more

This grant funded work incentives for student workers allowing placement of more students in community placements in Evanston.? Additionally, it is providing help for many special needs students who are not college bound and need more real vocational training opportunities for success after high school

2007Youth and EducationResponsive$10,000

Evanston Community Development Corporation more

This grant funds computer literacy accessibility to Westside Evanston residents.? This program provides access to a general computer lab available for online job searches, online job applications and general internet research and communication needs.? Additionally, a second classroom is available for basic computer literacy classes.? The program serves 10 people a week in the lab and 5-6 students a week in the classroom.

2007Community DevelopmentResponsive$7,500

Evanston Day Nursery Association more

This initiative will keep children attending full-day child care or afterschool care at Evanston Day Nursery while their family is experiencing a crisis such as unemployment, loss of State support or family upheaval.? Families will not only be able to remain enrolled for child care services, but will be able to utilize a variety of supports to overcome short-term obstacles and become connected to appropriate community contacts and resources.

2007Family Support and CounselingResponsive$8,510

Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA) more

Reginald Robinson, an African-American musician and?composer will perform in a free community concert with other EISMA performers.? The concert will be in fall 2007 to celebrate EISMA's 35 years of service to the Evanston schools.

2007ArtsResponsive$3,000

Literature for All of Us more

Through this program, staff from Evanston schools and youth agencies will be trained in preparation of leading their own 12 week book club program.? Training will be done in a three day experiential workshop at Family Focus followed by consultation and coaching.? Each participant will also receive a Book Group starter kit.

2007Youth and EducationResponsive$7,500

Mary and Leigh Block Museum more

This project builds upon the long-standing relationship with District 65 by engaging their School Age Childcare Program with the Ladd Arboretum and Evanston Ecology Center through Block's quarterly nature film series.? Students will view the films, participate in hands-on activities and a culminating experience at the Arboretum.

2007Youth and EducationResponsive$4,250

Music Institute of Chicago more

This grant funded the Evanston Escola de Samba outreach program which offered tuition-free after school instruction to at-risk youth in Evanston.? The program is?a partnership with Y.O.U., Good News and Family Focus and is geared toward students in 6-12th grade at Chute, Nichols and ETHS.

2007ArtsResponsive$5,000

Network For Evanston's Future more

In an effort to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Evanston by promoting energy conservation in Evanston's Fifth Ward, trained NU students will conduct hands-on energy audits in churches and homes.? They will then provide energy conservation info to residents with the goal of making Evanston a more sustainable community.

2007EnvironmentalResponsive$4,000

Oakton PTA - District 65 more

This collaborative effort between the five elementary schools and three middle schools in Evanston will increase the number and scope of parent education classes for Spanish dominant parents, continuing to build on the Spanish language resource cart for each TWI school library.

2007Youth and EducationResponsive$8,000

Open Studio Project more

This grant was a capacity building grant which funded the building of organizational capacity through staff expansion.? The addition of administrative staffing and expansion of part-time program staff allows Open Studio Project to build the capacity to serve the demand for fee paying and community programming.

2007ArtsResponsive$10,000

Over The Rainbow Association more

This grant funded job training for the severely physically disabled.? With this job training, residents of the Evanston Apartment Community and Hill Arboretum will be trained for jobs outside the apartment community that provide supplemental income and a new social network.

2007Community DevelopmentResponsive$10,000

Ridgeville Park District more

Through a series of ongoing social service, recreational and cultural events, the park district together with Brummel Park Neighbors and Evanston Police Department will attempt to revitalize the neighborhood and build a stronger community.? Events include a job fair, picnics in the park, movie nights, sports clinics, back to school carnival, concerts and art activities.

2007Community DevelopmentResponsive$3,250

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) more

This grant is a capacity building grant to fund increased capacity to serve seniors.? New computer equipment will be purchased to assist with licensure requirements and to expand the services that SASI provides to Evanston seniors.

2007Basic Human NeedsResponsive$8,500

Shanti Foundation for Peace more

This grant was a capacity building grant which funded the new position of Program/Development Director.? The position will increase organizational capacity allowing Shanti to serve the growing number of schools, organizations and individuals through the building of collaborative relationships in Evanston.

2007ArtsResponsive$10,000

The Harbour more

This grant funds the Safe Harbour Emergency Shelter.? The shelter will help provide housing and services for 16-20 year old homeless girls in a supervised setting while they finish high school and make the transition to self-sufficiency.? Some of the services provided are:? practical education, counseling, medical and mental health services, therapeutic recreation, therapeutic case management and three months of formal follow-up to ensure successful transition to independence.

2007Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,000

The Musical Offering more

This grant funds the Oakton School Student Opera - La Chanson de Roland, a new, multi-cultural, multi-language opera which will provide an enriching cultural experience for Oakton students.

2007ArtsResponsive$9,100

Tuesday's Child more

In collaboration with Childcare Network of Evanston and Child Care Center of Evanston, this program will provide early intervention training to parents who have at-risk or special needs children (birth to 3).? There will be two outreach programs educating and counseling parents with a goal of educating parents to help children enter school ready to learn.

2007Family Support and CounselingResponsive$10,000

World Relief DuPage more

In partnership with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Reba Place Church, this program provides low-cost immigration legal services to the growing immigrant community in Evanston.? Core services are in family-based immigration and naturalization assistance.

2007Family Support and CounselingResponsive$10,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

The Outpost is the Youth Job Center's satellite office at ETHS, providing job placement and training services to more than 400 students annually.? This grant expands the services offered to include career planning and preparation for students not going into a traditional four-year college upon graduation.

2007Youth and EducationResponsive$10,000

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

This leadership development program for girls transitioning into high school will offer opportunities to learn about Evanston and engage in social change by becoming empowered, confident and competent women with leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

2007Women and GirlsResponsive$10,000

Center for Independent Futures more

CIF needs to hire a new Development Director to replace the previous Director who successfully raised $500,000 in grants, events and individual gifts three years.

2006Basic Human NeedsResponsive$7,500

Citizens Lighthouse Community Land Trust more

These funds will help the CLCLT embark on a mission of providing permanently affordable homes to low income people in Evanston by supporting the group in creating the model or script to carry out the activities of finding suitable property, performing evaluation of the property and securing it for the CLCLT.? The product to result from this project will?enable the board to understand the technical aspects of evaluating a site for potential acquisition and determine when professional services are required.

2006HousingResponsive$5,000

City of Evanston - Evanston Public Library more

Collaborating with Child Care Center of Evanston District 65 Head Start, EPL will develop a model early literacy program, LEAP, merging two successful programs, including Every Child Ready to Read funded last year by ECF.? The grant will allow the library to provide LEAP training for staff, educate parents through workshops and deliver programs to childcare settings.

2006Youth and EducationResponsive$10,070

Dawes School PTA more

Building on the pilot program at Dawes School, funded by ECF last year, this initiative will be implemented at all four "TWI" schools and is a collaboration among the schools' PTAs, the Bilingual Parents Advisory Committee, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers and District 65 administration and teachers.? Components of the program will be parent education classes for Spanish dominant parents, translations of school newsletters, and a Spanish language resource cart for each TWI school library.

2006Youth and EducationResponsive$10,000

Evanston School Children's Clothing Association more

ESCCA has one goal:? to provide clothing for needy children in District 65.? This grant will be used to purchase 40-50 pairs of jeans in larger sizes required by some of the agency's clients.

2006Youth and EducationResponsive$750

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association more

The development and implementation by the Orchestra of a music education program for approximately 150 participants aged 3-5 in the nine classrooms of the Evanston District 65's Head Start Program.

2006ArtsResponsive$4,000

Family Focus more

Family Focus Our Place's Male Involvement Group will convene teenage boys in ongoing program activities focuses on their social and emotional growth, academic success, and future opportunities. It is designed to make sure participants' are performing academically, make sure they are exposed to new experiences, but all through a social science lens, helping them believe in themselves and boosting their self-esteem.

2006Youth and EducationResponsive$8,000

Housing Options for the Mentally Ill more

The Alliance will hire a consultant to assist in increasing the development of a strategic plan and detailed operational plan.? The Alliance allows Evanston to maintain eligibility for HUD funds to service the homeless.

2006Basic Human NeedsResponsive$10,000

Interfaith Action of Evanston more

A primary goal of the project is to create structures and activities that will assist the formerly homeless in "normalizing" their daily lives. Approximately 40 individuals leave Hilda's every year as graduates, but not all remain self-sufficient. This program will aid them in the crucial time after leaving Hilda's.

2006Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,500

Literature for All of Us more

A new 40 week book group for 6-8th grade boys attending after school programs at Family Focus - Our Place in Evanston.? The program will address the need for structured programs for boys that engage them in reading and learning.? It will culminate in a public poetry reading.

2006WorkforceResponsive$7,200

Metropolitan Family Services more

Boys participating in this program will explore their identities by discussing alternatives to violence, making positive decisions, stigmas against academic excellence and ways to broaden career choices.? They'll be guided through this process by a team of African-American men who grew up in Evanston and have faced similar issues.

2006Youth and EducationResponsive$5,000

Noah's Playground for Everyone more

Noah Cutter died on December 24, 2005.? Friends, family and caregivers want to honor Noah Cutter's memory by building a playground which will be fully accessible to all children, especially those with special needs.? Noah's Playground for Everyone is to be built, with help from the City of Evanston, in Lawson Park, adjacent to the Evanston Art Center.

2006Community DevelopmentResponsive$2,000

North Shore Senior Center more

This program will expand upon the current Health and Wellness Program in Evanston senior buildings.? Each week the physical fitness facilitator will meet in one Evanston senior building to teach seniors about healthy physical exercises.? The goal is to improve seniors' knowledge of physical fitness.

2006Basic Human NeedsResponsive$2,500

Open Studio Project more

This program is a partnership with the YWCA to provide a creative outlet for women served by the transitional housing and shelter programs.? Expressive workshops will allow participants to use are and writing to explore their emotions and assist in coping with the transitional nature of their lives.

2006ArtsResponsive$5,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

This is a new program designed to help girls whose lives are negatively impacted by alcohol and other drugs.? Girls will find their own voices in recovery through the addition of gender specific treatment services for adolescents.? The goals of this program are fourfold:? to improve early identification of substance abuse problems among girls as a means of improving treatment prognosis; to increase the number of girls being referred for treatment; to decrease early treatment drop-out by girls; to increase the number of girls successfully completing treatment.

2006Youth and EducationResponsive$9,800

Ridgeville Park District more

Through a series of ongoing social service, recreational and cultural events, the park district will attempt to revitalize the neighborhood and build a stronger community.? Events include;? job fair, picnics, movie nights, sports clinics, back to school carnival, concerts and arts activities.

2006Community DevelopmentResponsive$3,250

St. Nicholas Church more

This project seeks to address the problems of youth alienation and lack of long-term goals in the Latino community centered at St. Nicholas Parish.? A mentoring program in partnership with the police department's Youth Service Bureau and a UIC researcher will serve 20 Latino gang members, focusing on goal attainment as the outcome of the mentoring relationship.

2006Youth and EducationResponsive$7,500

The Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University more

This initiative addresses hunger issues by providing accessible food resources, culinary job training, and nutrition education to in-need population in Evanston.? The goal is to provide consistent and nutritious meals to those who otherwise might not have access to such a food supply while also empowering individuals to find a permanent solution to their food insecurity.

2006Basic Human NeedsResponsive$7,500

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Cherry piloted a "cluster" model for inclusion that expands in number and improves in quality, the service to children with special needs.? Cherry will expand this model by allowing multiple children with special needs to be grouped together with a group of typically developing preschoolers.? To support this inclusion Cherry provides at least one additional teacher aide in the classroom and professional development opportunities for staff by bringing speech and language pathologist, occupational therapists, play therapists and other experts to Cherry to help become more effective in the classroom.

2006Youth and EducationResponsive$10,000

World Relief DuPage more

World Relief DuPage in partnership with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will establish an Immigration Legal Services Office in Evanston.? The office will provide low-cost immigration legal services to Evanston's growing immigrant community and possibly informative training seminars to students, educators, pastors and city officials regarding the basics of immigration law.? Core services are in family based immigration.

2006Family Support and CounselingResponsive$10,000

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

Y.O.U. will establish a weekly after-school program for middle school and high school boys focused on nurturing the critical thinking and emotional intelligence skills necessary for successfully realizing their potential as young men and young leaders via imaginative and engaging interactive peer workgroups covering topics of self-identity, sexuality, decision-making, attitudes toward women and societal and media pressures.

2006Youth and EducationResponsive$5,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

This program will offer the opportunity for 25 graduates of YJC's Strategic Corporate Alliance Program, an intensive four-week job readiness initiative, with criminal backgrounds, to participate in a closely monitored on-the-job work experience in an area of expressed career interest.? These placements serve as platforms to broaden clients' work exposure, increasing their practical work knowledge and contributing to their social development.

2006Basic Human NeedsResponsive$7,500

Center for Independent Futures more

The funds will support a move from a part-time to a full-time position for a Community Life Coordinator.? The coordinator oversees educational and social programs for the 11 residents and 88 non-residents affiliated with CIF's community-based housing and support programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

2005Capacity BuildingResponsive$7,500

Child Care Center of Evanston more

Quality Counts, Ensuring Quality Daycare for Evanston's Children.? This grant supports a part-time temporary educational consultant/grant writer to build fundraising capacity.? The consultant will write templates for each of five priority program areas, identify at least 10 funding sources for each area, and develop an organizational database for each source.? Increased fundraising capacity is necessary for Childcare Center to continue providing its services to the nearly 200 children it serves on a subsidized basis.

2005YouthResponsive$8,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Childcare Network will collaborate with the Evanston Public Library to bring this early literacy program to our community.? This program, developed by the national Public Library Association, enlists parents and caregivers of young children as partners in preparing their children for learning to read.? The program includes dinner workshops at the library, community outreach to parent organizations and early childhood programs to publicize workshops and enroll participants.? CNE will coordinate child care and special early literacy activities during the workshops.

2005Family Support/CounselingResponsive$5,000

Dawes School PTA - District 65 more

The funds will be used to address the achievement gap in academic performance between Latino and white students through the provision of four services:? providing a parent support group; increasing the availability of children's literature in Spanish; adding live and print translation services to PTA communications; and implementing a parent-child Spanish storytime.

2005Family Support/CounselingResponsive$7,200

Emergency Fund more

These funds will be used to provide immediate financial assistance to Evanston residents in an effort to meet emergency needs and prevent homelessness.? it is expected that the Fund will administer $1,000 each month for one quarter to provide 5-10 families in Evanston with emergency medical, transportation, housing and work-related support.

2005Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,000

Evanston Dance Ensemble more

A 10 week after school dance residency will be offered to 4th and 5th graders at Dawes and Lincoln elementary schools.? At the end of the 10 week period, four scholarships will be awarded to participants of the program for a semester at Dance Center Evanston.

2005Arts and CultureResponsive$3,800

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association more

The funds will support an increase in staff hours and responsibilities to continue the growth of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra.? The staff person will assume job responsibilities currently handled by the volunteer Board, including audience development, sponsor care, ad sales and grantwriting, freeing the Board to focus on fundraising.

2005Arts and CultureResponsive$6,750

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

The Lighthouse 21st Century Community Learning Center Program is a 5-year project to help address the social and emotional needs of children who are at risk for academic failure and also to provide them with additional academic support.? This is a collaborative effort among District 65, Family Focus and Y.O.U.? for students at Kingsley, Oakton and Washington schools.?The Foundation's grant for this program will provide an eight-session class in English for 20 parents to help them address the social and emotional needs of their children.? Class meetings will address topics related to communication, behavior management, child development, problem-solving and home/school relationships.

2005EducationResponsive$4,900

Family Focus more

This program offers 30-45 teen mothers continued support after high school graduation.? The program includes weekly support groups and educational workshops, monthly home visits, attendance at two job fairs and tours of three local colleges, parent-child activities, and case management, including referrals to other services.

2005Women and GirlsResponsive$9,000

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian more

The funds will be used to hire a consultant to assist in strengthen the current Museum Board, with a focus on identifying and implementing appropriate fundraising programs and techniques.? The goal of the program is to meet the short term financial goals required in the formal separation agreement that will establish the Museum as a separate entity from its current parent organization, Kendall College

2005Capacity BuildingResponsive$10,000

Oakton School more

Teachers will offer eight hands-on literacy workshops in Spanish for Latino parents of children in kindergarten and first grade.? Parents will be provided take home materials and Spanish books, and additional Spanish books will be added to the school's resource closet.

2005EducationResponsive$5,500

Percolator Films more

The funds will support an effort to make Reeltime's collection of over 250 videos more accessible and useful to teachers.? The aim of the initiative is three-fold:? organize the Reeltime Recommends database in terms of curriculum; publicize this valuable resource in schools; and educate teachers on the use of independent media in the classroom.

2005EducationResponsive$3,650

Percolator Films

2005Youth and EducationResponsive$3,000

Ridgeville Park District more

Through a series of ongoing social service, recreational and cultural events, Ridgeville Park District, the Brummel Park Neighbors and the Evanston Police will attempt to revitalize the Brummel Park neighborhood and build a stronger community.? Events will include a job fair, ethnic food/picnic in the park, movie nights, sports clinics, a back-to-school carnival, concerts, arts activities, a bookmobile day, and board game nights.? These programs will be ongoing throughout the calendar year, lasting for at least three years.? Funding is committed for three years, as long as annual goals for events and community building are met.

2005Community DevelopmentResponsive$3,500

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) more

Through small group sessions and home visits, SASI will facilitate a positive caregiving experience for relatives of elderly individuals.? A social worker and occupational therapist team will help caregivers understand behaviors and teach caregiving methods to improve the quality of life for both the patient and caregiver.

2005EducationResponsive$3,060

The Center for Enriched Living more

In collaboration with the Shore school, the Center for Enriched Living will develop a satellite venue in Evanston to provide its Independent Living and Social Skill Building programs.? Beginning in late July, teens and adults will be recruited and interests and abilities will be assessed to determine appropriate activities for a January 2006 launch of the twice monthly social club.

2005Community DevelopmentResponsive$10,000

The Family Institute more

At the request of schools in District 65, Family Institute will implement the Parent Empowerment Series, consisting of 12 parent education workshops, parenting support groups, and staff seminars.? The workshops are designed to increase parent participation and interest in the school and in their child's academic achievement, provide advocacy skill and lead to better relationships between parents and educators.

2005Family Support/CounselingResponsive$10,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

The Childcare Network will direct a program in nine child care centers and two child care home sites ensuring future school success by providing free on-site mental health and developmental services for children ages two through five from poor, working families. Services include occupational, physical and speech and language therapies, and if needed, other special support. Customized services are offered and parents are invited to family-friendly dinner meetings to learn ways to help their children and reinforce the work done at school.

2004Family Support/CounselingResponsive$9,000

City of Evanston - Evanston Public Library more

This grant allows the Library to upgrade and enhance the projection equipment, sound system, and projection screen in the Community Room, bringing it to current industry standards for the use and benefit of Evanston's non-profits and community groups.

2004Capacity BuildingResponsive$10,000

Evanston School Children's Clothing Association more

In recent years, children have been maturing physically at an earlier age. For the past two years, ESCCA has provided some new sports bras for District 65 10-13 year olds, when funds have been available. This project would provide 3 bras to each of the preteen and teen clients.

2004Women and GirlsResponsive$2,000

Family Focus more

The project targets high-achieving, low-income 8th grade students at Haven Middle School to provide them with intensive support through their freshman year in high school. Important to the potential of this program is the involvement of students' families, a key feature in the project the University supported in 2003.

2004YouthResponsive$7,500

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana more

This project will help 100 preteens and teens participate in empowering Girl Scout experiences through programs designed by girls, for girls. These activities will be in collaboration with weekly after-school programs at Family Focus utilizing curriculum from our powerful self-esteem program, uniquely ME! for girls from families living at or below poverty level.

2004YouthResponsive$4,000

Housing Options for the Mentally Ill more

This grant will be spent over one year to provide training to enhance the skills and abilities of property management. Through this training, Housing Options is seeking to increase efficiency and expertise regarding the management of their largest assets, buildings.

2004Capacity BuildingResponsive$3,300

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

The Evanston Community Defender Office provides legal service to low-income Evanston youth in the juvenile justice and welfare system, adult criminal court and within school systems regarding matters of special education and discipline. This grant will upgrade the computer network protecting operations and improve performance capacity for the office.

2004Capacity BuildingResponsive$7,000

Meals At Home more

This grant will fund the replacement of the existing database system to further the MEALS at HOME mission. The project will select the best software, customize and modify, import existing records and provide training and ongoing database and software support.

2004Capacity BuildingResponsive$3,500

Music Institute of Chicago more

This grant will fund the expressive arts therapy services for Evanston women and girls which include the following: M.O.R.E. (Movement Oriented Rhythmic Expression) for teenage girls with developmental disabilities; Finding Your Voice, a musical theater workshop for pre-teen girls nine to thirteen with developmental delays; and S.E.L.F. (Self Expression and Life Fulfillment), multiple groups serving different age levels that use dance/movement, art, drama, and music therapies to treat chronic mental illness, socialization issues and the maintenance of life skills.

2004Arts and CultureResponsive$5,000

Next Theatre Company more

In connection with its spring 2005 world premiere of Voices from Jerusalem, the Next will extend its outreach program to work for three months with adult GED classes at the Howard Area Community Center, bringing an unusual creative opportunity to an underserved Southeast Evanston population.

2004Arts and CultureResponsive$2,000

North Shore Senior Center more

Increasing numbers of grandparents are providing permanent care to their grandchildren as a result of divorce, substance abuse, child abuse, teenage pregnancy and unemployment. The many factors that make parenting difficult for the second time include health or economic problems and lack of social networks. This project is designed for senior grandparents living on a fixed income, often near the poverty level, with limited education and often lacking understanding of what help may be available to them and how to get it.

2004Basic Human NeedsResponsive$5,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

Adds a gender-specific treatment component to the substance abuse services currently provided by PEER Services. The focus of the project is to decrease early treatment drop-out by women and to increase the numbers of women who successfully complete treatment.

2004Women and GirlsResponsive$9,000

Piccolo Theatre, Inc. more

This project continues the conversion of the Main Street Metra station into a cultural center and theater space for Southeast Evanston, an area with the city's highest population density and greatest cultural/ethnic diversity. This particular part of the project funds construction of a classroom/dance/rehearsal space.

2004Arts and CultureResponsive$10,000

Ridgeville Park District more

This annual summer program involves the placement of specially-trained counselors in Reba, Elks, Brummel, and Ridgeville Parks from 1:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. from mid June through late August. These counselors coordinate supervised sports, activities and cultural events, all free to local youth. Counselors also provide important neighborhood outreach and supervision in the parks.

2004YouthResponsive$500

School for Little Children of Evanston more

SLC continues its commitment of planning for one child with special needs in each of its 12 preschool classrooms. The grant will partially fund the purchase of a variety of needed educational play equipment and a play therapist. This project will allow typically developing children and children with special needs to maximize their time with SLC and with each other to reach their educational potential

2004YouthResponsive$6,000

Ted Muller Scholarship Fund more

The Ted Fund provides day camp and enrichment program scholarships to 3rd grade children of families without the funds to send their children to camp, continuing to support each child for 3 summers. They have expanded their program to include 5 children from each of the 12 Evanston elementary schools' but don't have safe and consistent transportation for the children. Transportation is the focus of this project.

2004YouthResponsive$6,000

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

This grant will provide the funds to select, purchase and train staff on a software program that will allow Y.O.U. to maintain a centralized client demographic and service database to facilitate service delivery and grant reporting.

2004YouthResponsive$6,000

Answers for Special Kids more

A.S.K. is a newly formed organization that provides resources and a support network for families of children with special needs in Evanston, whether they attend District 65, private schools or home schools. The mission is to establish and maintain a networking alliance of parents, educators, school administrators and community members to support and advocate for children with special needs or learning differences. This grant will support an outreach effort and website to make resources available online to the community, especially families of children with special needs.

2003EducationResponsive$7,600

Evanston School Children's Clothing Association more

The grant will allow the purchase of 40 plus-sized jackets and jeans for larger children who are dependent on ESSCA for adequate school clothing. While demand for larger sized clothing is increasing, few donations meet this need and it is not available within the normal bulk purchasing currently conducted by the association.

2003Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,000

Evanston Youth Endeavors more

This grant is to provide mentoring and financial support to small groups of 14-18 year olds who will design, organize, and implement community service projects in collaboration with NU's Undergraduate Leadership Program.

2003YouthResponsive$2,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

The educators in the School/Home Community Resource Program will work with parents who, for many reasons, are reluctant to go into the schools and may need help acting as effective advocates for their children.

2003EducationResponsive$12,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

This grant will extend a pilot program focused on working with parents who need help creating home conditions to support learning for their children, as well as help becoming effective advocates for their children within the school system. The funding will allow educators to develop a curriculum for use in monthly parent seminars, conduct small group discussions, and make home visits and follow up phone calls with parents.

2003EducationResponsive$12,000

Family Focus more

This grant will support a program coordinator for a new program entitled Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. The program will offer monthly group sessions, community presentations, family activities and community outreach. The goal is to increase the resources and knowledge base available to grandparents and to promote positive relationships between grandparents and the grandchildren they are raising.

2003Family Support/CounselingResponsive$7,500

Fisher Memorial AME Zion more

This grant will contribute to the costs of running the First Base and Fresh Start programs offered by Fisher A. M. E. Church. First Base offers a place for the homeless or persons in transition to receive mail and messages, to use the phone or fax machine, and to use a copy machine. Fresh Start is a prison ministry helping ex-offenders with reintegration into the community and reunification of families. The program provides employment referrals and housing assistance; investigates educational opportunities and provides training and career options along with employment assistance and transportation.

2003Basic Human NeedsResponsive$5,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

This project will establish at one Evanston middle school a community panel for youth and/or a peer jury process as an alternative for school administrators when dealing with behaviors in which police and/or juvenile court involvement would typically be considered. The program will use a proven process and training to create a system for early intervention for inappropriate behaviors. The community panel/peer jury process would involve a contract requiring the youths to take responsibility for their behavior and direct them to appropriate counseling.

2003YouthResponsive$5,700

Literature for All of Us more

This grant will match one already awarded by the Chicago Community Trust to provide teacher training at ETHS as part of the schools new literacy initiative. English and History teachers will be trained in LFA's proven methodologies for conducting book groups. The trained teachers will then conduct four practicum book groups with sixty students from English II and Evening Academy classes with LFA's guidance. The long-range vision for this project is to assist ETHS with reform measures that will institutionalize innovative instructional strategies to support a literacy-based curriculum.

2003EducationResponsive$10,000

McGaw YMCA more

This grant funds 20% of the estimated first year cost to develop a program that fosters literacy within the Project SOAR mentoring program. The goal is for the 60 Project SOAR participants to develop enjoyment of journaling, reading, writing and performance, heightened self confidence through awareness of literary talent, and improved literacy skills through their engagement in a variety of literary activities conducted one on one with their mentor and within groups.

2003EducationResponsive$7,800

Meals At Home more

The grant will support the administrative costs of the newly introduced Friendly Visit program offered by MEALS at HOME to their current clients, including the expanded hours for a new administrative assistant, increased phone services, brochure printing, mailing costs, and client assessments and surveys. The program will match current clients interested in visits with a volunteer who has common interests in an attempt to decrease client loneliness and isolation.

2003Capacity BuildingResponsive$3,500

Open Studio Project more

This grant will fund a new after school program for at-risk youth who have previously attended an Art and Action workshop and are familiar with the Open Studio process. The weekly program extends the OSP concept, allowing 9-14 year olds an opportunity to continue to use a creative outlet to explore their feelings in a positive, non-judgmental setting.

2003Arts and CultureResponsive$8,500

Ridgeville Park District more

This grant will support an annual summer basketball tournament for Southeast Evanston youth which provides an accessible and inclusive social and recreational experience for local youth who are often under-represented in summer camps and programs, and who may be hindered by income or transportation issues. The tournament and concluding block party help youth to reconnect with local mentors and community organizations, while strengthening community ties.

2003Community DevelopmentResponsive$700

S.O.U.L. Creations more

This grant provides funding to extend Soul Experience, an after-school enrichment program for youth in 3rd through 8th grades, to a fourth school in District 65. The program is designed to help youth develop critical life skills, cultural awareness and creative expression in a constructive team environment, through music, dance, drama and verse.

2003Arts and CultureResponsive$7,000

Shanti Foundation for Peace more

This grant will fund a new program called Telling Tales for elementary students at Kingsley school and seniors at Presbyterian Homes. An artist will work with an after school group at Kingsley and with seniors at the Presbyterian Homes to select meaningful stories from their lives and teach storytelling techniques. The groups will work separately and together, with the goals of addressing issues of generational and ethnic diversity and divergence. The program will culminate with a performance, video and book capturing the stories generated.

2003Arts and CultureResponsive$4,700

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church/Faith in Action more

The goal of Faith in Action is the establishment of a core of interfaith volunteers who will provide supportive services to homebound Evanston residents. Four Evanston congregations have initiated this program: Beth Emet Synagogue, Second Baptist Church of Evanston, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, and the Unitarian Church of Evanston. The program hopes to expand to 15 congregations, 200 volunteers, and 320 persons served by the end of 2005. Funding will support the recruitment of volunteers, training materials, and outreach through health/social service agencies and community fairs.

2003HealthResponsive$5,000

Art Encounter more

Art Encounter introduces 4th and 5th grade students in four Evanston schools to original paintings, drawings and sculpture by area artists of diverse ethnicity. Two artists visit each classroom, engaging students in guided discussions to build understanding of basic artistic concepts and respect for different cultural contributions to art.

2002Arts and CultureResponsive$5,570

ETHS District 202 more

Funds aid development of a two-acre research and environmental study facility on vacant land just west of the football field. Four environmental habitats, a horticulture plot, and a class platform will benefit science programs at ETHS, grade schools, and adult education classes.

2002EducationResponsive$10,000

Evanston Early Childhood Community Collaboration more

This grant strengthens a community collaboration to create a standard, high quality universal early childhood education system in Evanston for children ages 0-5, and to position and advocate for Evanston as a Universal Pre-School pilot community. This grant funds a part-time coordinator. Funded with support from Northwestern University.

2002EducationResponsive$10,000

Evanston Environmental Association more

The Environmental Association will use this grant to create a loan box program for preschools. Boxes will include songs and poems, supplies for group activities, craft and snack instructions, and reference and book lists developed for preschool children.

2002EnvironmentResponsive$2,000

Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA) more

Forty-eight concerts will be presented to over 8,000 elementary and middle school students in 19 Evanston schools by EISMA. The fall program will feature African-American ragtime pianist/composer Reginald Robinson; the spring program will feature La Guitaras de Espana or Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies. Concerts will be supplemented by additional information.

2002Arts and CultureResponsive$3,000

Evanston Youth Bank more

We are proposing to create a partnership to create an Evanston Youth Bank. The Youth Bank will provide mentoring, technical assistance, and financial support to enable small groups of 14-18 year old Evanstonians to design, organize, and implement community-based capacity building service initiatives.

2002EducationResponsive$1,000

Family Focus more

Family Focus has developed Boys Do Too - a peer mentoring project that mirrors the Girls Just Wanna project. The project will focus on the joys of developing into manhood and learning through EDUCATION, EXPOSURE and high SELF-ESTEEM.

2002YouthResponsive$10,000

Friends of Battered Women more

Friends of Battered Women and Their Children will provide educational outreach to hospital patients through literature campaigns and follow-up services for women referred by hospital personnel.

2002HealthResponsive$5,000

Hemenway United Methodist Church more

A grant from the Komlofske Family Fund contributes to the upgrade of power supply and lighting in the church gym. Upgrades will allow additional activities to take place, better serving the neighborhood and community.

2002Capacity BuildingResponsive$5,000

INVEST more

This grant provides training resources for volunteer tutors. Tutoring manuals, print resources, and lists of internet resources will be housed in the INVEST office, the Teacher Center, and the Evanston Public Library.

2002EducationResponsive$5,000

Lake Michigan Federation more

This outreach to Evanston middle and high schools encourages participation in the Lake Michigan Federation's Coastal Cleanup program and promotes environmental education in our lakefront community.

2002EducationResponsive$5,000

Leadership Evanston more

This grant reduces the program's cost to participants, encourages new one-day programs, and supports alumni activity.

2002EducationResponsive$10,000

Metropolitan Family Services more

Metropolitan Family Services is implementing this program for 6th graders at Nichols Middle School using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Goals are a 50% reduction in bullying in all grades, a clear reduction of anti-social behavior, and improvement in the school's social climate. Funded in part by the Vilas Fund for Youth.

2002YouthResponsive$7,650

Ridgeville Park District more

Ridgeville Park District's summer series includes cultural art performances, a week-long Hip-Hop workshop and interactive Hip-Hop dance show by workshop participants. Programs are for youth in southeast Evanston, are completely free and are open to all. This grant funds one-sixth of the total cost.

2002Arts and CultureResponsive$1,000

The Lekotek of Evanston more

Compuplay at Park School is a new initiative of the National Lekotek Center designed to provide a much-needed after-school program for the students at Evanston's Park School, a school that serves children with mental retardation and/or multiple disabilities. The key purpose of the Compuplay program is to help kids with disabilities build computer skills through the natural activity of play.

2002EducationResponsive$5,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

The Youth Job Center is creating a scoop shop franchise of Ben & Jerry's?s Homemade, owned and operated by a non-profit organization. The shop complements classroom work with on-the-job exercises. Trainees will gain necessary skills and sensitivities required by most jobs, especially in the service industry.

2002EducationResponsive$7,500

BEHIV, Better Existence with HIV more

Better Existence with HIV provides direct services to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. This grant from ECF will enable BEHIV to reconnect with Evanston schools by helping to underwrite the salary of a part-time Educational Outreach Coordinator who will focus specifically on youth.

2001Basic Human NeedsResponsive$5,000

Bilingual Service Provider's Exchange more

Formed with the mission of creating a network among social service providers, agencies and institutions working with Spanish speaking residents of Evanston. Has held different workshops addressing specific community needs. With additional funding, organization can provide high school students with scholarships.

2001Community DevelopmentResponsive$10,380

City of Evanston, Cultural Arts Division more

This grant funds a project involving at-risk high school students in the design and production of large-scale outdoor murals with artist Beth Shadur. Because community murals are a collaborative effort, participants in the project will develop cooperation and problem-solving capacities.

2001Arts and CultureResponsive$5,000

Custer Street Fair, Inc. more

Custer Street Fair is restoring the Main Street Depot to its original 1908 condition, and developing a business plan to establish the Evanston Arts Depot in the building. This project aims to increase cultural opportunities in South Evanston.

2001Arts and CultureResponsive$10,000

Evanston Early Childhood Community Collaboration more

This newly constituted network of public and private early childhood organizations seeks to implement a coordinated system giving all children access to early childhood education. The grant will enable the Collaboration to hire a grant-writer to develop and secure resources to support the collaborative efforts.

2001YouthResponsive$6,000

Evanston Special Recreation Assoc. more

This association was created to meet the recreational needs of Evanston residents with disabilities. The Foundation?s grant will fund 20 scholarships enabling Evanston families with financial need to participate in the Associations?s Weekend Family Camp outdoor recreational opportunities.

2001Family Support/CounselingResponsive$3,600

Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council more

The Foundation's grant provides start-up funding for an innovative one-year initiative at Evanston Township High School that employs marketing techniques and mass media to reduce alcohol and tobacco use by teens in Evanston. The project's approach recognizes that peer pressure is a major factor affecting behavior change in young adults. Social Norms Marketing? informs young people that most teens do not use mood-altering substances.

2001Family Support/CounselingResponsive$10,000

Light Opera Works more

This grant supports the first stage of a five-year initiative to establish a year-round musical theatre academy in Evanston. Workshops will allow youth ages 8 to 18 to experience all aspects of staging a finished musical theater production. This grant ensures funding for scholarship assistance.

2001Arts and CultureResponsive$7,500

Oakton Advocates For Kids more

This grant provides start-up funds for OAK, a new program promoting the well being of children at Oakton School. OAK will match families who know how to find and tap resources with incoming kindergarten families who do not yet have this know-how. OAK will recruit participant families, set up a computer link to District 65, and sponsor social gatherings and occasional guest speakers during the 2001-2002 school year.

2001Family Support/CounselingResponsive$4,000

Open Studio Project more

The Art & Action Project consists of four 6-week workshops for at-risk youth at Nichols and Chute Middles Schools in collaboration with Y.O.U. The project exposes young people to programming that uses the arts for personal growth, interpersonal understanding, and social change. Facilitators act not as expert instructors but as peer artists, modeling for the teens how they themselves use art and writing to explore personal issues and deal with difficult decisions in a pleasurable and powerful way. Funded in part by the Vilas Fund for Youth.

2001Arts and CultureResponsive$5,000

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) more

This agency will develop an education curriculum for providers of homecare for the elderly, including hands-on training, and a retention program that addresses the serious problem of high turnover in the homecare field. The curriculum will be shared with other organizations and replicated for broad impact in the field of elder care.

2001EducationResponsive$10,000

The Family Institute more

This grant funds the Anger Management Program, a collaborative effort of The Family Institute and Evanston Township High School for 2001-2002. The project provides anger-management and conflict-resolution programming for freshmen and sophomores placed on internal suspension at ETHS for aggressive behavior. Funded with support from Northwestern University.

2001Family Support/CounselingResponsive$7,500

The Lilac Tree more

Lilac Tree helps women reach informed decisions as they and their children go through the process of divorce. This grant supports the Financial Realities of Divorce project. A network of financial and legal professionals will conduct workshops for women and will also offer training to Evanston-based social service providers on issues that their divorcing clients may face.

2001Family Support/CounselingResponsive$6,465

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Support for expansion of the YWCA's Destiny Girls program, in collaboration with the Southeast Evanston Parents Association. Destiny Girls is an after-school and summer program providing girls ages 9 to 14 with increased resilience, self-determination, and skill to become leaders now and as they mature. Destiny Girls is a comprehensive enrichment program that focuses on girls' strengths and abilities rather than on the risks and obstacles they face. Funded in part by the Faith Vilas Fund for Youth.

2001Family Support/CounselingResponsive$6,000

Evanston Neighborhood Conference more

A year-long traveling video workshop will be created with ECFs $10,000 grant with the goal of building bridges across cultural differences in our community. The workshop series will focus on issues of diversity, race, and social justice. This partnership has been forged in order to address the need for authentic interracial exchange and dialogue in Evanston.

2000Community DevelopmentResponsive$10,000

Family Focus more

A violence prevention program for African-American youth. This grant will continue the weekly sessions with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders teaching them the skills necessary to deal calmly and effectively with anger-provoking situations. The main goal is to refine civility skills that will reduce their risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violence.

2000YouthResponsive$8,500

I-ARTS! more

Funding for an organization that fosters collaboration among Evanston's arts community, higher education, and teachers in School Districts 65 and 202 to integrate the arts into the total public school curriculum.hey explored ways to infuse aesthetic education throughout the K- 12 curriculum by providing opportunities for teachers to experience a broad spectrum of the fine arts and to apply what they learned in their classrooms.

2000Arts and CultureResponsive$8,250

Kids and School Supplies (KASS) more

Many Evanston families with financial constraints find the purchase of required school supplies in the fall to be a difficult burden. The goal of this new endeavor is to provide children whose families demonstrate a need for financial assistance with the necessary school supplies at no cost.

2000EducationResponsive$7,500

Leadership Evanston more

Leadership Evanston is a community leadership development program. Its mission is to encourage and develop the leadership potential of talented individuals committed to Evanston. Through a 10 month course, participants broaden their understanding of Evanston, gain leadership skills, and develop contacts that will enable them to work toward improving our community.

2000EducationResponsive$10,000

Natural Ties more

The goal of Natural Ties is to help eradicate the isolation and segregation of Evanstonians with disabilities are faced with on a daily basis. The role of the Facilitator will be to create public awareness, bring the disabled community into routine contact with the general Evanston population, train volunteers and students (ETHS and Northwestern) and initiate outreach.

2000Capacity BuildingResponsive$10,000

NU School of Education and Social Policy more

The Lighthouse Partnership is a collaboration between Evanston School District 65 and Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy that focuses on improving the scholastic achievement of the school district's lower performing students. Our support will provide additional faculty resources and research analysis to strengthen the on-going plans.

2000EducationResponsive$10,000

Oakton School more

Provides a daily nutritious breakfast and a reading program for over 75 students during a ten-month school year. ECFs $10,000 grant will cover the monthly food expenses, learning materials, and coordinator's monthly stipend. Students are given skill-building activities that support and improve listening and communication skills.

2000EducationResponsive$10,000

Reba Early Learning Center more

Funding for much-needed daycare services in south Evanston. The grant will cover the costs of a feasibility study to evaluate the merits of a partnership with another similar organization. This could result in better economy of scale and sustaining greater resources and strengths for both organizations.

2000Capacity BuildingResponsive$5,000

Ridgeville Band of Evanston more

Evanston needs its own community band to play for civic occasions, festivals, dedications and just to entertain with accessible music written and transcribed for bands. The ECF grant will enable the Band to recruit percussionists to become band members, enlarge the band's musical repertoire, and enhance the attractiveness of its concerts to the people of Evanston.

2000Arts and CultureResponsive$5,000

Evanston Neighborhood Conference more

The basic premise is to involve more and more of the community in violence prevention each year. The request has an addendum which goes into more detail than the request, and will give you a "bigger picture" on safety and civility. The request to ECF will go toward the salary of a part-time coordinator.

1999Community DevelopmentResponsive$15,000

Family Focus more

A violence prevention program designed for African-American youth that will teach young people the necessary skills to prevent conflicts from turning into violent encounters. The project will help reduce children's risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violence.

1999Youth and EducationResponsive$13,675

I-ARTS! more

Resources will be tapped from Evanston's fine arts community to plan and deliver aesthetic programs to be used by educators. N.U. will be sponsoring a special summer 1999 workshop, which is one of three initial objectives chosen for implementation. Another objective is a year-long miniseries involving teachers in "the process of art." The third objective hopes to establish a forum for teachers and artists to communicate their mutual needs. The I-ARTS organizing committee needs a staff resource person to coordinate these objectives and to seek permanent financial support for this position plus the tools to evaluate some of the scheduled activities.

1999Arts and CultureResponsive$11,075

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

This year the agency had fourteen first-time offenders between the ages of eleven and thirteen. with siblings at risk of following in their footsteps. The agency wants to work with these younger siblings to prevent police and/or court contacts. The group would consist of first-time offenders and their siblings in structured settings.

1999Family Support/CounselingResponsive$5,000

Leadership Evanston more

This is a project of the Evanston Community Foundation and assists potential leaders to become actively involved in Evanston.

1999Community DevelopmentResponsive$10,000

Literature for All of Us more

Girls Go! Will work with younger girls ages 13-15 using some of the techniques tested with teen moms. N.U. students will be actively recruited to assist in this program, which includes discussions of women's literature and the creative works done by the teen moms.

1999EducationResponsive$5,000

Strive - Chicago Employment Service, Inc. more

The Chicago-based employment agency is dealing with families who are going off welfare and need to join the workforce. The agency will provide an intensive four-week, full-time job readiness workshop. The curriculum is designed to promote self-esteem and job-readiness.

1999Community DevelopmentResponsive$2,500

Willard School more

OWL exposes students who are at risk of falling below average achievement levels to an enrichment program in language arts, math, and computer technology (they will use the computer lab at N.U). Second-year plans would double the student participation (20 to 40 kids), add another session, and involve more N.U. student volunteers.

1999EducationResponsive$12,650

Evanston "I Have A Dream" Project more

A special program working with a select group of 26 students selected in 1992 to receive encouragement and support through middle school and high school. The goal is to successfully complete high school and go on to college. Project will assist students in the post-secondary planning process, including college visits, participation in ACT/SAT workshops, and ongoing tutorial support.

1998YouthResponsive$5,900

Evanston Police Department - Youth Services Bureau more

HAWK is a prevention and intervention program for African-American adolescent males designed to promote positive manhood development, utilizing a curriculum and structured activities that are culturally specific, value centered, and educationally focused. The HAWK Program aims to address the incidence of violence committed by African-American adolescent males residing in the Evanston community, simultaneously rebuilding the historical and cultural integrity of this target population.

1998EducationResponsive$6,000

INVEST more

An organization committed to recruiting volunteers and developing community resources in order to enrich the educational opportunities of the students in School Districts 65 and 202.

1998EducationResponsive$2,000

Kohl Children's Museum more

The Museum will provide an integrated set of programs strengthening the efforts of Family Focus staff while also enhancing educational opportunities for both the children mothers who are involved at Family Focus.

1998Arts and CultureResponsive$5,400

Literature for All of Us more

A new grassroots project in Evanston working with teen moms. Some of the program components are book group circles and an emphasis on creative writing.

1998Arts and CultureResponsive$8,000

School for Little Children of Evanston more

A collaborative effort between two Evanston churches. First Presbyterian and First Church of God, has resulted in a new day care project for 40 children to open in December 1998. ECFs grant supports stand-up costs.

1998YouthResponsive$11,000

St. Nick's Teen Drop-In Center more

A new project providing a multi-cultural community-based experience that offers a safe place "to be" and opportunities for personal growth. ECFs grant of $2,000 will support training workshops and materials for teen participants and the Center's adult leaders.

1998YouthResponsive$2,000

The Lekotek of Evanston more

An innovative Computer Club for children with disabilities to have extra-curricular activities with their typically developing peers. Using the power of technology, children with and without disabilities can get together to become acquainted with the ever-expanding world of the computer.

1998YouthResponsive$3,575

TurnStyle Teen Theater more

This new drama company from South Evanston is comprised of teenagers committed to the creation of original forms of theater based on their own writings, movement, music, and artwork. Funding will support services of two artistic directors.

1998Arts and CultureResponsive$4,000

Willard School more

Owl Adventures in Learning will expose students, who are at-risk of falling below average achievement levels, to enriching, hands-on learning experiences in language arts and science. Activities will center on the children's interests and needs. The activities will promote discovery, exploration, and maximize enjoyment in learning.

1998EducationResponsive$6,125

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

A series of workshops will focus on key survival skills in the transition to work for 100 welfare recipients. Funding will be used for workshops and the needed supplies.

1998Family Support/CounselingResponsive$3,000

Brummel Park Neighbors more

The goal is to inform residents about neighborhood activities and share concerns. Neighbors will be invited to become active participants in making their neighborhood a desirable place to live and work by creating community and seeking solutions to whatever stands in the way of improving the quality of life.

1997EnvironmentResponsive$3,250

Character Counts!/Prairie Shore more

Grant needed for general operating expenses and material necessary.

1997YouthResponsive$3,000

The Cradle more

The Cradle respectfully requests funding for the production of a 15 minute Adoption Education Video. The video will be used to overcome the severe lack of public education on adoption among high school and college students as well as professionals who counsel women in reproductive health clinics, crisis pregnancy centers and schools.

1997YouthResponsive$4,000

The Evanston YWCA - Kids Can Dance, Inc. more

The funds will contribute to dance studio improvements at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center and will help support KCD's rising operating costs due to their increased popularity and performance bookings. Second, funding is requested to found a Work Study Partnership Program that provides an earnings and apprentice program. This mentor program will provide guidance and instruction to minority youth with special target emphasis to African-American males (a largely undeserved group). Students will learn how to choreograph dance performances and will intern as teaching assistants.

1997YouthResponsive$3,500

The Family Institute more

Funding enables us to provide bilingual mental health services to economically disadvantaged Latino families in Evanston through (1) staff consultation, (2) psychotherapy, (3) parent education, and (4) support group work.

1997Family Support and CounselingResponsive$25,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Funding will support the inclusion of special needs children into Cherry Preschool's program during the 1997-98 school year, to help us launch a special needs inclusion training workshop for Evanston's early childhood education centers, and to purchase adaptive equipment.

1997EducationResponsive$2,550

CEDA/Neighbors at Work more

Short-term objectives are: 1. To connect a pilot group of welfare-dependent families to resources for self-sufficiency as a component of welfare reform; 2. To develop a network of community assets linking clients to each other and to local resources (churches, hospitals, libraries, etc); and 3. To get some welfare-dependent families into the work force.

1996EducationResponsive$5,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

To fund a support group for relative foster parents with two licensed social workers and one early intervention specialist. DCFS has greatly increased the placement of children with relatives who need the benefit of emotional support and practical guidance. Many times they are unaware of the resources available and don't have the skills to advocate for themselves and the children under their care.

1996Family Support/CounselingResponsive$4,000

Fleetwood / Jourdain Community Center more

Funding will help to create an Evanston Black Historic Sculpture Garden in the 5th Ward. Students will research Evanston Black history to be used to create a mural for the garden. The garden will also contain three sculptures - Mr. Fleetwood, Mr. Jourdain and Martin Luther King, Jr.

1996Arts and CultureResponsive$2,500

The Evanston Teen Parent Services Network (ETPSN) more

This is a renewal grant of the Evanston Teen Parent Services Network. which works with and provides support services for teen moms. The main goal is to incorporate a research and evaluation piece from Loyola's Center for Families and Community. Conduit for funds is the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (Baby Toddler).

1996Family Support/CounselingResponsive$4,000

The Family Institute more

A collaborative project (Family Institute, Y.O.U., and Family Focus)to offer family therapy services to economically disadvantaged Evanston families. Emphasis would be placed on serving Evanston's Hispanic population.

1996Family Support/CounselingResponsive$25,000

Assn. for Preservation of Africa more

The Association seeks to improve race relations and to combat community deterioration and juvenile delinquency in Evanston. The Evanston Community Foundation will provide funds for a computer to assist the Association in writing a history of African American settlers in Evanston.

1995Culture (ie, museums - not art )Responsive$2,500

Early Start Local Interagency Council more

The Committee is starting a parent-to-parent network to assist families of children with disabilities or developmental delays. It is also assessing the current needs of this part of the Evanston community while monitoring Illinois mandates on these issues.

1995Community DevelopmentResponsive$3,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Nine children will receive tuition, transportation, and insurance to attend a working-ranch-camp program at Timber-Lee Center, in East Troy, Wisconsin. The camp will provide the children with a sheltered experience in which they can build confidence in themselves.

1995YouthResponsive$2,720

Fellowship of African-American Men more

The Fellowship seeks to teach middle schoolers self-respect, the value of education, and responsible decision-making by providing positive role models. Funds will go toward the purchase of uniforms and basketballs.

1995YouthResponsive$1,500

Food Partners more

Food Partners trains and employs homeless and economically distressed. This year's Evanston Community Foundation grant will augment Food Partner's training services.

1995Basic Human NeedsResponsive$2,000

Leadership Evanston

1995EducationResponsive$5,000

Parent to Parent Inter Middle School (6-8) more

The Evanston Community Foundation will support a program to bring together parents of middle-school age children from all neighborhood, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups living within the geographic boundaries of School District 65.

1995Family Support/CounselingResponsive$1,500

Ridgeville Band of Evanston more

The Evanston Community Foundation will underwrite a conference sponsored by the League addressing the state of Evanston's schools entitled "A Community Vision and Shared Responsibility For Our Schools: Strategizing For the 21st Century."

1995Women and GirlsResponsive$8,420

The Committee For Evanston Foster Care more

In many cases Evanston children are now being placed outside of the community, which results in them losing contact with our schools and/or day care centers. This group plans to study ways in which it will be possible to keep Evanston's foster children in the Evanston community, within a safe, stable and caring environment.

1995YouthResponsive$5,000

The Evanston Teen Parent Services Network (ETPSN) more

This grant from the Evanston Community Foundation will allow the Network to continue their comprehensive program of counseling, support, and childcare services to teen parents for a year after they have graduated high school.

1995Family Support/CounselingResponsive$4,360

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

The goal of the program is to set up career exploration opportunities for Evanston youths by organizing field trips to businesses, apprenticeships, and classroom instruction for high school students planning to enter the workforce upon graduation.

1995EducationResponsive$5,000

Chicago Children's Theatre more

Chicago Children's Theatre is going to offer intensive workshops in drama, music, creative movement, and improvisation, which will culminate in a collaborative performance at the end of the session, to students in grades one through nine called, Theatre Discovery. A grant from the Evanston Community Foundation would help to cover the costs of giving eight partial scholarships.

1994Arts and CultureResponsive$800

Chute Middle School Booster Club - District 65 more

Our Chute community could greatly benefit from increased funding to support extra-curricular activities and the development of conflict resolution sessions for the students, parents and community. Funds will assist in new extra-curricular activities to help raise Chute students' self-esteem and promote family involvement.

1994YouthResponsive$2,000

Evanston Art Center more

$4,000 for a collaborative effort with Family Focus Our Place. The program, ArtFocus, will be help at Our Place as a special after-school arts activities for the neighborhood's young people.

1994Arts and CultureResponsive$4,000

Evanston Women's Hospital more

$4,000 will sustain a coordinator to continue a communication link between the Center, Evanston Township High School, the City's Health Department, and Family Focus encouraging early prenatal care for young pregnant women.

1994HealthResponsive$4,000

First Night Evanston more

First Night Evanston seeks to expand the family and children's activities of the festival.

1994Arts and CultureResponsive$1,000

Food Partners more

$2,000 matching grant to implement an economic project in the food service industry employing the homeless and economically-distressed individuals.

1994Basic Human NeedsResponsive$2,000

Habitat For Humanity - Uptown Chicago more

$4,000 to support a special project using ETHS students in the construction of a new affordable Evanston home for a low-income family.

1994HousingResponsive$4,000

Reba Place Church more

Senior Connections requests $1,500 from the Evanston Community Foundation to support its goal of expanded collaboration with other congregations to make visitation in the home a reality for all seniors in South Evanston who request it.

1994Basic Human NeedsResponsive$1,000

School for Little Children of Evanston more

We are proposing to renovate Raymond Park into a fully accessible park for the children with disabilities. The City of Evanston has designed a park plan, and approved partial funding of the park renovation.

1994YouthResponsive$3,000

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) more

$1,700 to supplement the elderly clients in the Caring Home Aid Program who cannot afford to pay the referral fee and to provide continuing employment for the Evanston caregivers.

1994Basic Human NeedsResponsive$1,700

The Center For Public Ministry more

$3,000 to expand the hours of Hilda's Place, a shelter for homeless adults. This also will supplement a matching requirement for a federal grant.

1994Capacity BuildingResponsive$3,000

The Lekotek of Evanston more

$2,500 to offer pre-literacy activities for ten pre-schoolers with disabilities. Sessions will be held at a family drop-in center located in a shopping plaza. Families who could not otherwise afford such services will be recruited.

1994EducationResponsive$2,500

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

$3,500 for a bi-lingual youth worker to strengthen ties with the Hispanic community during the summer of 1994 creating year-round services for them.

1994Community DevelopmentResponsive$3,500

Child Care Center of Evanston more

The Child Care Center Association's Dad's Club was organized to foster the involvement of fathers in preschool education. This well-attended program has demonstrated the positive impact fathers can have when they play a primary role in their children's schooling.

1993Family Support/CounselingResponsive$1,000

Community Coordinated Child Care more

ECF funding is helping Evanston Community Coordinated Child Care in a major effort to increase the number of legal, registered day care homes providing high quality care in Evanston. This project seeks to identify and recruit providers who will care for subsidized youngsters, special needs children and infants.

1993Family Support/CounselingResponsive$4,800

Leadership Evanston more

This special project of ECF has developed to identify Evanston citizens who are willing to take responsibility for addressing local community problems and prepare them for leadership.

1993EducationResponsive$10,000

Lincolnwood School - District 65 more

Books, Breakfast and Beyond will offer breakfast and reading to students for 30 minutes before the start of the school day. The "beyond" goal is to fully engage and train parents in the process of educating their children.

1993EducationResponsive$4,000

Mothers Against Gangs / Evanston (MAG/E) more

The mission of this volunteer organization is to achieve a safe, gang-free environment in Evanston. Evanston police credit this work for reduced gang activity, particularly during Mothers Against Gangs-sponsored Summer Drop-In Nights at ETHS.

1993Capacity BuildingResponsive$4,000

Respite Care more

The Respite Care Program is designed to train teens in the care of young children who are disabled or mentally fragile. This program will give a much needed timeout to the parents of these especially needy children, while offering young people an opportunity to earn money and explore career options.

1993Family Support/CounselingResponsive$4,000

School for Little Children of Evanston more

With the help of ECF funding, School For Little Children will offer training in the integration of special needs children into preschool classes to 30 private, non-profit early childhood care and education programs throughout Evanston.

1993EducationResponsive$1,850

South Evanston Youth Services Coalition more

Through a collaborative gang prevention project, the South Evanston Youth Services Coalition supervises recreational and special events, provides counseling, secures necessary social services and involves parents in the activities of youngsters using their parks. ECF funding will insure continuation of this crucial project for a second year.

1993YouthResponsive$6,000

The Piven Theatre Workshop more

In collaboration with MAG, the Piven Theatre Workshop will offer at-risk teens a meaningful theater arts experience. This project is based on the concept of the arts as a vehicle for self-knowledge and self-esteem.

1993Arts and CultureResponsive$2,850

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

The Youth Organizations Umbrella is collaborating with a Park Ridge youth agency on a pilot project to provide temporary residential placement for troubled Evanston boys who have run away from home, are locked out, neglected or abused.

1993HousingResponsive$6,000

Child Care Center of Evanston more

The Child Care Center will begin to build a better father-school partnership by creating opportunities for fathers and children to spend time together in a friendly and relaxed environment. It will target fathers whose involvement in their children's lives appears to be minimal.

1992YouthResponsive$1,000

Evanston Shelter For Battered Women & Children more

Funding toward the purchase of new furniture and beds due to the expansion of services. This shelter offers a safe environment for victims of domestic violence.

1992Family Support/CounselingResponsive$1,000

Housing Options for the Mentally Ill more

A new residential program for economically disadvantaged persons suffering from mental illness. The program will provide permanent staff-supported housing for nine adults.

1992HousingResponsive$1,500

Interracial Family Network (IFN) more

The group's main goal is to serve as a central resource for families and individuals in Evanston seeking referrals and information for or about interracial families and multi-racial individuals.

1992Family Support/CounselingResponsive$1,000

Leadership Evanston more

The ECF has launched a leadership development program. Aim is to encourage and develop the leadership potential of individuals committed to Evanston by broadening their knowledge of the Evanston community, enhancing their leadership skills and motivating them to work together on issues of community concerns.

1992EducationResponsive$12,000

Light Opera Works more

A collaborative arrangement between two theater companies housed at the Noyes Cultural Center. The grant will assist in the support of a shared technical director and the joint rental of shop space.

1992Arts and CultureResponsive$2,000

Mothers Against Gangs / Evanston (MAG/E) more

Mothers Against Gangs / Evanston is a new voluntary organization whose basic mission is to provide a safe and gang-free environment community of young people, composed of representatives from the various neighborhoods.

1992Capacity BuildingResponsive$4,000

Natural Ties more

A new organization aiming to mainstream disabled individuals by creating friendships with people in the Evanston community and at Northwestern University. The grant assists in expenses for the implementation and promotion of volunteer recruitment.

1992Capacity BuildingResponsive$500

Reba Early Learning Center more

A collaborative effort between two preschools to develop an anti-bias curriculum that will increase awareness of multi-cultural diversity in our society. Two main goals of the curriculum will foster: each child's comfortable, empathic interaction with diversity among people; and each child's critical thinking about bias.

1992EducationResponsive$2,250

Simpson Street Lighthouse more

Second year of support for an agency on Evanston's west side dealing with substance abuse prevention. The agency offers a variety of support groups and special programs in combating alcoholism and the abuse of drugs.

1992Capacity BuildingResponsive$3,000

South Evanston Youth Services Coalition more

This grassroots neighborhood group will coordinate the collaborative project with staff support of YOU and the Ridgeville Park District to keep the area's parks drug and crime free. It also will expand recreational opportunities for neighborhood youth.

1992YouthResponsive$6,000

Washington School PTA - District 65 more

Support for an "artist-in-residence" program. A selected playwright will work with a core group of students to will write and produce a play with a multi-cultural theme. Students will have the opportunity to develop a close working relationship with an artist.

1992ArtsResponsive$1,000

BEHIV, Better Existence with HIV more

A drop-in center for AIDS patients and their families. The grant supports an outreach worker to coordinate and provide direct support to the growing number of minority women affected by HIV and AIDS disease.

1991Basic Human NeedsResponsive$2,000

Evanston Neighborhood Conference more

Sustained interaction between groups is ENC's main goal. Three workshops will be held dealing with Evanston's ethnic and racial diversity.

1991Community DevelopmentResponsive$500

Family Counseling Service more

Seed money will be provided to develop and test a new concept for a volunteer bureau. Grant will also be used to seek future funding from other sources.

1991Family Support/CounselingResponsive$3,000

First Church of God CLC more

A new organization in Evanston concentrating on youth issues. Our grant will help to fund an administrator to coordinate a corps of volunteers for substance abuse hot line, etc.

1991Basic Human NeedsResponsive$7,500

Haven Middle School - District 65 more

Selected junior high youngsters will receive special training as conflict managers. Their role will be to mediate conflicts between peers. They will learn communication skills and become a positive influence at school and in the community-at-large.

1991EducationResponsive$750

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Our support will assist in a challenge grant from a legal trust fund. This will enable the agency to hire a third lawyer and to increase legal service hours for youth.

1991Capacity BuildingResponsive$2,500

Leadership Evanston more

This program would enable existing and emerging leaders to gain the understanding and skills for more effectively dealing with the increasingly complex community problems.

1991General OperatingResponsive$2,500

McGaw YMCA more

This mentoring project is being created to expose junior high school girls to both outdoor living and more importantly, to a beneficial relationship with a responsible older member of the community. The "mentors" are drawn from the Evanston Police Department, high school and local businesses.

1991Women and GirlsResponsive$1,000

North Shore Choral Society more

The grant will give partial support for a concert highlighting Black composers, emphasizing African-American roots in our musical heritage.

1991Arts and CultureResponsive$1,000

Ridgeville Park District more

A summer pilot program at Reba Park using volunteers and neighborhood young people. There will be a strong emphasis on collaboration with other agencies to provide meaningful and enjoyable activities for youthful participants.

1991Arts and CultureResponsive$1,000

Sound Exposure more

Young musicians and budding arts managers will plan, produce, and perform a series of musical events in a drug and alcohol-free environment.

1991Arts and CultureResponsive$1,000

The Center For Public Ministry more

This grant will add an additional night of health care service for the homeless. Many physicians volunteer their services at this health care facility located within the homeless shelter.

1991Capacity BuildingResponsive$2,000

The Evanston Community Foundation more

ECF has set aside funds to increase the pool for emergency fund requests during the year. The 1991 grant will be a part of such a fund.

1991Basic Human NeedsResponsive$850

The Evanston Community Foundation more

This program would enable existing and emerging leaders to gain the understanding and skills for more effectively dealing with the increasingly complex community problems.

1991EducationResponsive$2,500

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

A new approach to job-readiness through actual video interviews, etc. will be done through this grant. The YES program's (Youth Employment Service) target clientele are youngsters, 12-15 years of age, seeking temporary jobs.

1991EducationResponsive$900

Young Evanston Artists more

The Young Evanston Artists' Festival involves all of the public, private, and parochial schools and the creative resources of teachers, parents, and business community and the city of Evanston.

1991Arts and CultureResponsive$500

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

Twenty-five college-educated Black men will act as mentors to 25 Youth Job Center clients (16-20 years of age). Weekly sessions and special events are planned. This interaction will be an important step to guide young people into productive careers and adult responsibilities.

1991Family Support/CounselingResponsive$3,000

BEHIV, Better Existence with HIV more

A drop-in center for AIDS patients and their families. The grant supports the position of a minority outreach worker.

1990Basic Human NeedsResponsive$5,000

Evanston Early Childhood Council more

Council will publish and distribute a comprehensive guide to all early childhood programs in Evanston.

1990EducationResponsive$500

Evanston Friends of the Parks more

Will try to develop the empty lot into an imaginative playground at park. Location is located at a lot on Lake Street between Ashland and Florence Avenues.

1990Community DevelopmentResponsive$2,500

Evanston Music Center more

An educational project to bring special music classes to various Evanston day care centers serving youngsters of working parents.

1990Arts and CultureResponsive$2,400

Evanston Neighborhood Conference more

The Evanston Community Foundation continues to strengthen neighborhoods with a grant to assist in the planning and implementation of a third annual all-city conference with emphasis on the update of the Neighborhood Directory.

1990Community DevelopmentResponsive$2,500

Evanston Special Recreation Assoc. more

Operational support for the second "Very Special Arts Festival." An event for youth with physical and mental challenges.

1990Arts and CultureResponsive$1,500

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association more

Free bus transportation and subsidized tickets to local concerts for low and moderate income senior citizens living in congregate housing developments.

1990Arts and CultureResponsive$1,000

FISH of Evanston more

An all-volunteer organization providing transportation within Evanston for the sick, the infirm and the needy. Grant will assist in general operational expenses.

1990Basic Human NeedsResponsive$300

Housing Options for the Mentally Ill more

The mission is to educate citizens of Evanston (using both forums and materials) concerning the impact of the Federal Fair Housing Amendment Act and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act on housing for people who are mentally ill.

1990HousingResponsive$3,500

Interfaith Action of Evanston more

Provides emergency daytime shelter for homeless men and women in Evanston. Also provides integrated programming which includes components in the areas of education and employment, physical and mental health, social services, spiritual life, and community relations and volunteer training.

1990HousingResponsive$2,000

Interfaith Action of Evanston more

Council offers daytime hospitality center serving homeless men and women. The grant will aid in the operational aspects of this service.

1990HousingResponsive$2,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

A fully-funded research project. Its goal is to design a counseling program meeting the needs of Evanston youth with addictive drug abuse problems.

1990Family Support/CounselingResponsive$4,800

Ridgeville Band of Evanston more

Partial funding of professional fees incurred in a largely volunteer effort to create a new and innovative park in central Evanston.

1990EnvironmentResponsive$2,500

Sound Exposure more

A new organization allowing Evanston youth to experience popular music in a drug and alcohol-free environment. Grant will cover promotional materials, etc. for the concert series.

1990Arts and CultureResponsive$1,500

The Center For Public Ministry more

Startup support for basic medical services at the homeless shelter. Another component of the program will guide homeless individuals to seek ongoing health care through Medicaid.

1990Capacity BuildingResponsive$2,500

AIDS Pastoral Care Network more

Agency would sponsor a half-day conference on pastoral issues associated with AIDS. The audience would be ministers, rabbis, priests, and ministerial staff in the Evanston community.

1989EducationResponsive$2,450

CEDA/Neighbors at Work more

A revolving fund for moving or storage costs for displaced Evanston individuals and those who need to relocate.

1989Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,000

Evanston Special Recreation Assoc. more

The Evanston Very Special Arts Festival will be the beginning of a three year plan to provide arts services and opportunities to our special recreation family on a year-round basis.

1989Arts and CultureResponsive$1,800

Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council more

This will enable the council to ask other community resources to match the grant award to assist in this preventive as well as creative project within Evanston's two school districts.

1989Arts and CultureResponsive$500

FISH of Evanston more

An all-volunteer organization providing transportation within Evanston for the sick, the infirm and the needy. Almost all trips are to doctors' offices or hospital clinics. Grant will assist in general operational expenses (telephone and postage).

1989Basic Human NeedsResponsive$1,000

Housing Options for the Mentally Ill more

The sole purpose of H.O.M.E. is to develop housing opportunities with appropriate support services for people with mental illnesses.

1989Capacity BuildingResponsive$2,500

Interfaith Action of Evanston more

A day time shelter serving homeless men and women. The grant will aid in the operational aspects of this service. Will also relieve financial emergency.

1989HousingResponsive$2,500

McGaw YMCA - Foster Reading Program more

Funding of a five week series for parents and preschool children called "Books and Breakfast." The aim of the series is to demonstrate the importance and the delight of books and book-linked activities in children's lives.

1989EducationResponsive$1,250

The Evanston Community Foundation more

The Foundation will also support another city-wide conference for Evanston's grassroots organizations in the Fall of 1989.

1989EducationResponsive$4,000

The Evanston Community Foundation more

Financial consideration throughout the year for training board members/volunteers of neighborhood groups to strengthen their board participation and growth.

1989EducationResponsive$2,000

The Evanston Housing Coalition more

An organization working to rehabilitate low-income housing stock. This grant would enable EHC to, at least, provide part-time funding for the position of an executive director at what is a critical point in its history.

1989HousingResponsive$1,000

The Self-Help Center more

The Self-Help Center, in conjunction with the Evanston Hospital, will offer a workshop on education and support of caregivers. Out of this workshop will evolve a support group for caregivers (people caring for a family member suffering from a debilitating condition).

1989Family Support/CounselingResponsive$2,500

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Our Shelter Program needs to develop a a security deposit fund for battered women leaving shelter. The grant would cover approximately 10 to 12 security deposits, depending on the size and location of the apartments. Applicants would be screened carefully and would have to prove their ability to continue paying rent for the apartments they choose.

1989Family Support/CounselingResponsive$3,000

Children & Adult Network Unlimited more

Grant will be used to acquire office space so that donated equipment can be better utilized.

1988Family Support and CounselingResponsive$600

Earn and Learn Foundation more

Earn and Learn is a goal oriented, work experience program which addresses the needs of adolescents who manifest school adjustment problems. In cooperation with the public schools, parents and students, it selects children who are motivated to succeed and seeks to equip them with the skills necessary to become successful in school and productive members of the community.

1988Basic Human NeedsResponsive$500

Evanston Neighborhood Conference more

This focus grant was applied to the Evanston Neighborhood Conference to become The Neighborhood Facilitator. Local grassroots community groups will be offered technical assistance and small stipends through the Neighborhood Facilitator program, including organization and implementation of a city-wide Neighborhood Congress.

1988Community DevelopmentResponsive$20,000

Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council more

A poster contest for students in District 65.

1988Arts and CultureResponsive$500

Fellowship of African-American Men more

Purchase of athletic equipment for use in programs with minority youth.

1988YouthResponsive$500

Lynda Martha Dance Company more

10 scholarships to Evanston minority youth chosen in conjunction with Fleetwood-Jourdain Center for African dance classes.

1988Arts and CultureResponsive$950

Mental Health America of the North Shore more

Support of the vegetable garden in the community garden plot planted and maintained by Ridgeview residents and community volunteers.

1988EnvironmentResponsive$500

National College of Education more

Continued support for the Latino Outreach Program serving Hispanic parents and their pre-school children.

1988EducationResponsive$1,500

North Shore Choral Society more

Free tickets to a performance as part of the minority outreach program.

1988Arts and CultureResponsive$600

Over The Rainbow Association more

Salary support for an outreach worker to locate low-income, physically disabled Evanston residents for the Hill Arboretum Apartments in Evanston.

1988Capacity BuildingResponsive$2,000

Ridgeville Band of Evanston more

Support for education projects for parents of special education children.

1988Family Support/CounselingResponsive$600

Saint Francis Hospital/Resurrection Health Care more

Salary of group facilitator for support group for adult children of aging parents.

1988Family Support/CounselingResponsive$1,350

The Evanston Housing Coalition more

A continuation of a $4,000 grant given to EHC for general operating support. EHC is a grassroots organization rehabilitating housing to stabilize neighborhoods.

1988HousingResponsive$1,000

Adult Community Outreach Newtork more

Last year ACORN developed a new housing program, housing two persons from the Evanston Center for Public Ministry's Shelter for the Homeless. This is considered a transitional living situation and people are moved into more permanent housing as soon as possible. ACORN is seeking funding to continue this program. A number of participants are on the threshold of making the transition to either a long-term shared apartment or an independent living situation and simply need a stable short-term environment to assist them.

1987HousingResponsive$2,500

Epilepsy Services For Northeastern IL more

The needs are as follows: 1.) The need for early detection and treatment of epilepsy 2.) The need of the child with epilepsy for support and acceptance from authority figures and peers. 3.) The need for community education to counter the negative aura that surrounds epilepsy.

1987Capacity BuildingResponsive$1,000

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association more

For each of our four series concerts, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association is making available, free of charge, 300 concert tickets to be given to Evanston School children and their parents. We believe this ticket subsidy to be an excellent way of stimulating interest in serious music in the youth of our community.

1987Arts and CultureResponsive$1,500

Evanston Youth Encounter Services Incorporated more

A nonprofit organization created to confront the epidemic of gangs, school dropouts, drug distribution and drug use among our youth. Dedicated and committed to divert "at risk" youth from gang, delinquent and or criminal and drug activity in the Evanston community.

1987YouthResponsive$2,500

Fellowship of African-American Men more

Funds will be used to supplement the annual budget, in order to carry on the goals and objectives of the program. The program has been in existence for 15 years and grows each year, based upon the demands of the community.

1987YouthResponsive$2,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

"The Sooner, The Better" is an innovative project which uses the day care setting as the source of screening, evaluation, and follow-through for very young children (0-3) with developmental delays and disturbances. The Evanston Community Foundation grant would provide for specialized testing and evaluations.

1987Basic Human NeedsResponsive$2,100

INVEST more

The Museum Alliance is the systematic linking of the Evanston public schools and art centers and museums to promote museum/art center utilization by classrooms. The success of this project (last year over 5000 Evanston students visited local museums as part of their classroom studies) depends in large part on INVEST's ability to provide the schools with free transportation to the museums. Funding will enable us to provide free busing to these events.

1987YouthResponsive$500

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

After losing support due to Block Grant Fund decreases, the agency owes some of its employees $3,770.94 in back pay. Further anticipated payroll shortages have brought ECD to apply to various grant-giving organizations to recoup the losses from the Block Grant. This will allow ECD to keep all of its employees on staff.

1987Capacity BuildingResponsive$2,000

Mental Health America of the North Shore more

Through the Garden Project, residents of the Evanston Ridgeview would work together with Community Companions Volunteers and local community groups to beautify the city park across the street from the facility. The main costs of the program are for the garden supplies involved, and the staff time to plan, coordinate and implement the program.

1987EnvironmentResponsive$2,000

North Shore Operation Snowball more

One of our goals every year is to reach teens from every race and every socio-economic level. Funding would go toward more scholarships

1987YouthResponsive$750

Open Communities more

The HILT program was designed to help the elderly homeowner remain independent viable members of the community, allowing them to remain in their homes and providing and alternative to nursing and retirement home care. These funds would enable the Center to continue the program within the city of Evanston.

1987HousingResponsive$2,200

Ridgeville Band of Evanston more

Evanston Community Foundation support is needed to offset operating expenses for the designated project site at 825 Chicago Avenue.

1987Family Support/CounselingResponsive$2,500

Saint Francis Hospital/Resurrection Health Care more

Continue funding for a Case Manager for the Homeless, a position that is nearly one year old. It would continue tremendous progress in helping and/or motivating many of the homeless using the Shelter at the First Baptist Church.

1987Family Support/CounselingResponsive$2,500

The Evanston Housing Coalition more

Funds will be needed for administrative services. People's Housing (a not-for-profit housing development corporation) will manage the property under the supervision of the EHC Board of Directors. Tenants from the buildings, and neighbors will help to establish management policies, and will also serve on the EHC Board of Directors.

1987HousingResponsive$4,000

The Latino Outreach Program of NCE more

National College of Education is a full service higher education institution dedicated to the development of highly competent and humane professionals. One of its key objectives is to maintain an active dialogue with and outreach to the communities it serves.

1987EducationResponsive$2,450

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

YOU's Nichols Outpost is a growing and successful part of the Nichols community. The YOU Outpost offers after school activities to 20-25 youths a day. Funds would go toward an increase in our level of staffing and the quantity and quality of activities we offer.

1987Capacity BuildingResponsive$2,000

Evanston Day Nursery Association more

Capacity building

2012Early ChildhoodRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse more

Capacity building

2012EnvironmentRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Scholars more

Capacity building

2012EducationRoot2Fruit$10,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Capacity building

2012Early ChildhoodRoot2Fruit$10,000

LIFT-Evanston more

Capacity building

2012Basic Human NeedsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Mudlark Theater Company more

Capacity building

2012ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Next Theatre Co. more

Capacity building

2012ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Piccolo Theatre, Inc. more

Capacity building

2012ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Talking Farm more

Capacity building

2012Basic Human NeedsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Coalition For Latino Resources more

Capacity building

2011Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Day Nursery Association more

Capacity building

2011Early ChildhoodRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse more

Capacity building

2011EnvironmentRoot2Fruit$10,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Capacity building

2011Early ChildhoodRoot2Fruit$10,000

LIFT-Evanston more

Capacity building

2011Basic Human NeedsRoot2Fruit$10,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

Capacity building

2011Basic Human NeedsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Percolator Films more

Capacity building

2011ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Piccolo Theatre, Inc. more

Capacity building

2011ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Talking Farm more

Capacity building

2011EnvironmentRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Coalition For Latino Resources more

Capacity building

2010Family Support and CounselingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Capacity building

2010Early ChildhoodRoot2Fruit$10,000

LIFT-Evanston more

Capacity building

2010Basic Human NeedsRoot2Fruit$10,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

Capacity building

2010YouthRoot2Fruit$10,000

Percolator Films more

Capacity building

2010ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Piccolo Theatre, Inc. more

Capacity building

2010ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) more

Capacity building

2010SeniorsRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Family Room more

Capacity building

2010Early ChildhoodRoot2Fruit$10,000

Center for Independent Futures more

Capacity building

2009Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Citizens Lighthouse Community Land Trust more

Capacity building

2009Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Coalition For Latino Resources more

Capacity building

2009Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Open Communities more

Capacity building

2009Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

Capacity building

2009Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Percolator Films more

Evanston-based Reeltime Independent Film and Video Forum is a monthly film and discussion program that engages the public by presenting independent films. Reeltime events typically feature thought-provoking films that focus on issues of importance to the community, followed by a conversation between audience members, filmmakers, guest speakers, and community groups. We believe that communal cultural experiences can be a key agent in building a strong community.

2009ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI)

2009Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Shorefront more

Capacity building

2009Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Evanston Community Foundation more

Capacity building

2009Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$500

The Family Room more

Capacity building

2009Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Recyclery more

Capacity building

2009EnvironmentRoot2Fruit$7,000

The Evanston Community Foundation more

Grantee survey to evaluation effects of root2fruit on its grantees in years following participation in program; continuation of Envisioning Outcomes program for 10 grantees, with Lucy Knight as facilitator

2008-2009GrantsRoot2Fruit$3,000

Center for Independent Futures more

Capacity building

2008Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Citizens Lighthouse Community Land Trust more

Capacity building

2008Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Capacity building

2008Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian more

Capacity building

2008Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Open Communities more

Capacity building

2008Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) more

Capacity building

2008Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Shorefront

2008Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Family Room more

The mission of The Family Room is to provide supportive and educational programs for families with children under the age of four, including drop-in hours, parent education, and parent/child activities. The Family Room has a highly trained professional staff that create a community to nurture healthy family development and parenting.

2008Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Lilac Tree more

Capacity building

2008Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Recyclery more

Capacity building

2008EnvironmentRoot2Fruit$7,000

The Evanston Community Foundation

2007-2008GrantsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Center for Independent Futures more

This Grant will allow CIF to effectively market and educate a broader part of the Evanston community (including low-income residents) about community-based resources to choose after high school. The goal is to have the venture self-sustaining and income producing for the organization within three years. Funds will increase staff efficiency, board development, access new technologies and document methods that allow for duplication.

2007Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Citizens Lighthouse Community Land Trust more

This Grant will allow CIF to effectively market and educate a broader part of the Evanston community (including low-income residents) about community-based resources to choose after high school. The goal is to have the venture self-sustaining and income producing for the organization within three years. Funds will increase staff efficiency, board development, access new technologies and document methods that allow for duplication.

2007Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Community Development Corporation

2007Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$9,000

Evanston Junior Wildkit Football

2007YouthRoot2Fruit$10,000

Fellowship of African-American Men

2007YouthRoot2Fruit$6,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Capacity building

2007Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian more

Capacity building

2007Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Shorefront more

Capacity building

2007Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Lilac Tree more

Capacity building

2007Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Recyclery more

Capacity building

2007EnvironmentRoot2Fruit$5,000

CarePoint Adult, Child & Family Association

2006Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Community Development Association more

Goal 1: To hire a part-time Executive Director to oversee day-to-day operations Goal 2: To provide two affordable housing units for low to moderate income families Goal 3: To raise funds for ECDA affordable housing development projects

2006Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Junior Wildkit Football

2006YouthRoot2Fruit$10,000

Fellowship of African-American Men

2006YouthRoot2Fruit$6,000

Housing Opportunity Development Corporation more

Capacity building with two primary goals: 1 - To establish a business structure for the organization; 2 - To work to stabilize and rebuild the Church / Dodge neighborhood

2006Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$9,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Capacity building: To have certified training in administering a behavioral group therapy called Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART). The program will be implemented at Haven Middle school. changed.

2006Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian more

The Mitchell Museum's mission, "to promote and share a deeper understanding of Native American peoples," is carried out through the presentation of a mixture of exhibitions and programs that serve multiple constituencies. Funds will be used to guide board members in creating the governance and fundraising structures necessary to appropriately manage the museum so it can continue to serve its purpose.

2006Capacity BuildingRoot2Fruit$10,000

Open Studio Project

2006ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Evanston YWCA - Kids Can Dance, Inc.

2006ArtsRoot2Fruit$4,500

The Evanston YWCA - Kids Can Dance, Inc. more

Goal 1: To develop Kids Can Dance into a more organized business Goal 2: To increase the number of children and youth in Kids Can Dance programming Goal 3: To expand outreach programming beyond the Kids Can Dance studio at Noyes Cultural Arts Center

2006ArtsRoot2Fruit$9,000

The Family Room

2006Early ChildhoodRoot2Fruit$1,500

The Lilac Tree more

Our mission is to provide education, support and guidance to women contemplating divorce or in the divorce process, so that they can move confidently towards psychological and economic independence. Getting women actively involved in determining their future lowers the risk of them or their children having to depend on the community and provides reason to hope for a bright future.

2006Women and GirlsRoot2Fruit$10,000

CarePoint Adult, Child & Family Association more

Capacity building

2005Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Community Development Association more

Capacity building

2005Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Community Development Corporation more

Capacity building: These funds would go toward a physical and social development plan that revitalizes their community (Church/Dodge) without gentrification.

2005Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$9,000

Evanston Junior Wildkit Football more

The founding mission of the organization was to provide Evanston youths with an athletic experience that would develop self-esteem and self-discipline, promote teamwork, and instill a sense of community pride. Along with this mission came a commitment to academic excellence. Jr. Wildkits was the first sports team to implement the education/behavior program requiring players to maintain satisfactory academic and behavior standards.

2005YouthRoot2Fruit$6,000

Fellowship of African-American Men more

FAAM (Fellowship of African-American Men) is a junior high basketball program that was started in response to the basketball programs being cut at District 65. In all, FAAM provides a competitive basketball league for approximately 450 youth (grades 6th, 7th and 8th) from October until March.

2005YouthRoot2Fruit$6,000

Organizacion Latina de Evanston (OLE)

2005Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$10,000

S.O.U.L. Creations

2005ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Evanston YWCA - Kids Can Dance, Inc. more

Capacity building

2005ArtsRoot2Fruit$9,000

CarePoint Adult, Child & Family Association more

The mission of Carepoint is to improve the lives of families, children and adults through comprehensive range of social, welfare and health related services.

2004HealthRoot2Fruit$10,000

Evanston Community Development Association more

ECDA requests a startup grant of $10,000 a year for three years, so we can hire an executive director to accelerate our mission of providing affordable housing and neighborhood renewal in Evanston's depressed Westside.

2004Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$10,000

Open Studio Project more

Capacity building

2004ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Organizacion Latina de Evanston (OLE)

2004Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$5,000

Organizacion Latina de Evanston (OLE) more

Capacity building

2003Community DevelopmentRoot2Fruit$5,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Capacity building

1997Basic Human NeedsRoot2Fruit$3,700

Kids and School Supplies (KASS) more

The goal of KASS is to provide school supplies to families in D65 with financial issues that make purchasing the required school supplies an additional economic burden. these children. Using a list of eligible families that is provided by School District 65, KASS sends out a mailing informing parents/guardians of the day and time they are invited to pick up supplies for their children.

2003EducationRoot2Fruit$10,000

S.O.U.L. Creations more

This mission is fulfilled through serving Evanston youth of all ethnicities. S.O.U.L. accomplishes this undertaking by providing two after-school programs. Both programs stress work ethic, teamwork, commitment, and build a variety of other important life skills.

2003ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Musical Offering more

The Musical Offering was formed to establish a neighborhood based, creative community where students could study music in a nurturing environment, as well as have the opportunity to hear their teachers and peers perform while learning to do so themselves. S

2003ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Kids and School Supplies (KASS)

2004EducationRoot2Fruit$10,000

S.O.U.L. Creations more

Capacity building

2004ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Musical Offering more

Capacity building

2004ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Kids and School Supplies (KASS) more

Capacity building

2005EducationRoot2Fruit$10,000

Open Studio Project more

Capacity building

2005ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

The Musical Offering more

Capacity building

2005ArtsRoot2Fruit$10,000

Center for Independent Futures more

Capacity building

2011Basic Human NeedsRoot2Fruit Alumni$3,000

Open Studio Project more

Capacity building

2011ArtsRoot2Fruit Alumni$3,000

The Lilac Tree more

Capacity building

2011Women and GirlsRoot2Fruit Alumni$3,000

The Musical Offering more

The Musical Offering will increase the physical space of the school and complete renovations to the space. An increase in studio spaces and enrollment will need increased associated administrative support. This need for increased admin support must be met by increasing salary to $19,000 per year.

2011ArtsRoot2Fruit Alumni$1,000

The Recyclery more

Capacity building

2011EnvironmentRoot2Fruit Alumni$2,000

City of Evanston - Evanston Public Library more

Support for ABC Boosters program

2012Early ChildhoodSpecial Project$11,000

Evanston Fire Department more

Support for community CPR training programs

2012HealthSpecial Project$3,000

Evanston Firefighters Local 742 more

Support for bike helmets

2012Basic Human NeedsSpecial Project$500

Evanston Police Department more

Support for K-9 Program

2012Basic Human NeedsSpecial Project$500

Evanston Township High School more

Grant to the Dajae Coleman Fund at ETHS

2012Basic Human NeedsSpecial Project$250

Regents of the University of Minnesota more

Matching grant to support University of Minnesota's i3 grant from US Dept of Education

2012Early ChildhoodSpecial Project$10,000

The Evanston Community Foundation more

Grant to the Gun Buyback Fund

2012Basic Human NeedsSpecial Project$1,000

Village of Skokie more

Support for the 2011 Community Giving program

2012Basic Human NeedsSpecial Project$10,225

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

Support for ABC Boosters program

2012Early ChildhoodSpecial Project$9,000

Child Care Center of Evanston more

Lighting upgrades to increase energy efficienty

2010EnvironmentSpecial Project$1,680

Evanston Day Nursery Association more

Lighting upgrades to increase energy efficienty

2010EnvironmentSpecial Project$450

Evanston Environmental Association more

Lighting upgrades to increase energy efficienty

2010EnvironmentSpecial Project$4,539

Piccolo Theatre, Inc. more

Lighting upgrades to increase energy efficienty

2010EnvironmentSpecial Project$1,500

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Lighting upgrades to increase energy efficienty

2010EnvironmentSpecial Project$1,570

Evanston History Center more

Evanston Women's History Project

2009Women and GirlsSpecial Project$30,984

Frances Willard Historical Association more

Evanston Women's History Project

2009Women and GirlsSpecial Project$8,050

Open Studio Project more

OSP will provide a series of workshops that utilize the OSP method as a vehicle to help the target group express their experiences, goals and dreams in the context of being young men and boys in Evanston. OSP will partner with other Evanston youth providers to present this program. The propject will culminate with an exhibition of artwork and writings created in the program.

2009ArtsSpecial Project$3,250

Childcare Network of Evanston more

In support of Communityworks provider network, for professional development

2008Early ChildhoodSpecial Project$1,500

Evanston Township High School more

Environmental Club, Water Bottle Project

2008EnvironmentalSpecial Project$500

Frances Willard Historical Association more

Evanston Women's History Project

2008Women and GirlsSpecial Project$17,750

The Musical Offering more

Song of Roland opera at Oakton School

2008ArtsSpecial Project$300

The Musical Offering more

Song of Roland opera at Oakton School

2008ArtsSpecial Project$1,000

Evanston Day Nursery Association

2007Early ChildhoodSpecial Project$300

Frances Willard Historical Association more

Evanston Women's History Project

2007GrantsSpecial Project$5,000

Network For Evanston's Future more

Evanston Carbon Footprint Calculator

2007EnvironmentalSpecial Project$1,000

Patriot Park Flagpole Restoration more

Patriot Park Flagpole Restoration

2007EnvironmentalSpecial Project$14,000

Design Evanston more

"Evanston: 150 years, 150 places

2013Arts and HumanitiesCommunity Catalyst$501

Evanston Community Market more

Market for All Seasons: Building on Success

2013EnvironmentCommunity Catalyst$2,500

Evanston Dance Ensemble more

On Site: Putting Dance on the Map

2013ArtsCommunity Catalyst$2,500

Latino Resources more

Hispanic Heritage Month

2013Culture Community Catalyst$1,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

Collective Call-to-Action Summit for Opportunity Youth

2013Workforce DevelopmentCommunity Catalyst$2,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Professional Development in support of Every Child Ready for Kindergarten, Every Youth Ready for Work

2013Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$3,500

Evanston Public Library more

2013 Library Literacy /ABC Boosters Program Grant

2013Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$11,000

Evanston Public Library more

Enrichment for home visiting families in Every Child Ready for Kindergarten, Every Youth Ready for Work

2013EducationCommunityworks$2,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Every Child Ready for Kindergarten, Every Youth Ready for Work - Parents as Teachers (PAT) model of home visiting and parent support

2013Family Support and CounselingCommunityworks$48,185

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Every Child Ready for Kindergarten, Every Youth Ready for Work - BabyTALK collaboration

2013Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$89,801

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Preschool scholarships for home visiting families

2013Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$6,500

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

2013 Library Literacy Grant for ABC Boosters Program

2013Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$9,000

Fourth of July Association more

EndowNow matching grant for Fourth of July organizational endowment fund

2013General OperatingENDOW Now$5,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

2013 EndowNow matching grant for Youth Job Center organizational endowment fund

2013Workforce DevelopmentENDOW Now$5,000

Literature for All of Us more

Juvenile Justice Book Group Workshop for the Evanston Police Department's Youth Services Program. This program will reach 20-35 young men and boys already in trouble with the law through monhtly book group workshops.

2013BoysResponsive$8,000

Lighthouse 21st Century Community Learning Centers more

Students at Washington and Oakton schools will participate in enrichment activities. These students otherwise may not have the opportunity to participate in sustained activity of this type due to barriers such as cost, transportation, language, lack of awareness, etc.

2013YouthResponsive$7,750

Northlight Theatre more

Continues the theatre education project in partnership with the AVID program at Evanston Township High School for the 2013-2014 school year.

2013Arts and HumanitiesResponsive$5,100

Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County more

Services for children who are victimes of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members.

2013Family Support and CounselingResponsive$6,000

Center for Economic Progress more

Free tax preparation and asset building services to low-income working families in Evanston.

2013Community DevelopmentResponsive$10,000

McGaw YMCA more

Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative to create opportunities for balanced nutrtion, healthy eating and physical activities among low-income Evanston children from birth to five years-old attending early childhood programs, and their families.

2013HealthResponsive$13,000

North Shore Senior Center more

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program provides support, education, and other assistance to low-income, largely African-American grandparents in Evanston.

2013Family Support and CounselingResponsive$5,000

Connections for the Homeless, Inc. more

Initiative provides critical health, housing and supportive services to chronically homeless people in our community.

2013HousingResponsive$12,500

Erika's Lighthouse - A Beacon of Hope For Adolescent Depression more

Supports the creation of a depression awareness program through Erika's Lighthouse Teen Club and Teen Panel Program at Evanston Township High School.

2013YouthResponsive$5,000

Erie Family Health Clinic more

Comprehensive Diabetes management and education program in the Evanston community.

2013HealthResponsive$10,500

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Update the client and Case management database system to improve work case management, better track client data, monitor outcomes, and safely store confidential information.

2013YouthResponsive$10,000

Evanston Art Center more

Hire part-time capital campaign fundraising assistant.

2013Arts and HumanitiesResponsive$5,000

Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago more

Expand the Arts Integration Mentorship Project (Project AIM) to all Evanston middle schools.

2013EducationResponsive$7,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

Collaboration with Evanston Public Library and Companeros de Juegos (Playfellows) to build literacy skills in young children, ages 2-6, in the Spanish-speaking community of Evanston.

2013YouthResponsive$7,500

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) more

Youth Entrepreneurship Stars (YES), aprogram for 75 underserved middle school and high school youth in Evanston to build work-ready skills.

2013YouthResponsive$11,500

National Able Network, Inc. (Able) more

Increase staff capacity to provide career counseling, soft-skill and computer training, and employment transition services through Employ Evanston!

2013Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$8,500

Mudlark Theater Company more

Supports Mudpie 2014, a project to create a 75-minute showcase written and performed by Evanston students.

2013Arts and HumanitiesResponsive$3,500

Evanston Township High School more

In this course at ETHS, Geometry in Construction, students will construct a house that will be moved to a lot in Evanston for purchase by an Evanston family.

2013EducationResponsive$10,000

Family Focus more

Continues the second year of Child Connections, a program for twenty families consisting of parenting education, child development and parent-child bonding workshops, as well as one-on-one parent coaching.

2013Early ChildhoodResponsive$10,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago more

Expands the Evanston mentoring programs to serve a total of 40 Evanston youth.

2013YouthResponsive$12,000

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Growing the Womens Economic Empowerment program through expanded community partnerships and outreach.

2013Women and GirlsResponsive$10,000

Literacy Works more

PACE (Parents Active in Children's Education) at District 65 offers parent workshops and staff development to enhance parents' involvement in their young children's educational development.

2013Early ChildhoodResponsive$7,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Piloting the screening initiative of the Learning Together program to assess and directly address emerging developmental concerns in underserved children with special needs.

2013Early ChildhoodResponsive$8,500

PEER Services, Inc. more

Safe Passages -an anger management program for teens in recovery.

2013BoysResponsive$5,000

Grandmother Park Initiative more

Raising funds for land acquisition and development to create Grandmother Park, a tot lot in an underserved neighborhood.

2013Community DevelopmentResponsive$5,000

Center for Independent Futures more

Serving Evanston's disabled & marginalized by bringing Full Life future planning curriculum online.

2013EducationResponsive$10,000

Family Promise Chicago North Shore more

Job development andsupportive employment service expansion.

2013Basic Human NeedsResponsive$9,500

Evanston School Children's Clothing Association more

Purchase new underwear and socks for approximately 250 school children.

2013Basic Human NeedsResponsive$3,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Capacity building

2013Early Childhoodroot2fruit$5,000

Curt's Cafe more

Capacity building

2013Youthroot2fruit$10,000

Evanston Day Nursery Association more

Capacity building

2013Early Childhoodroot2fruit$10,000

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse more

Capacity building

2013Environmentroot2fruit$10,000

Evanston Scholars more

Capacity building

2013Educationroot2fruit$10,000

Frances Willard Historical Association more

Capacity building

2013Culture root2fruit$10,000

Mudlark Theater Company more

Capacity building

2013Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

Next Theatre Company more

Capacity building

2013Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

The Talking Farm more

Capacity building

2013Environmentroot2fruit$10,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Capacity building

2013Early Childhoodroot2fruit$10,000

Center for Independent Futures more

Capacity building

2013Basic Human Needsroot2fruit Alumni$3,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Capacity building

2013Youthroot2fruit Alumni$3,000

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian more

Capacity building

2013Culture (ie, museums - not art )root2fruit Alumni$3,000

City of Evanston more

2012 Gun Buyback Program

2012Basic Human NeedsSpecial Project$4,620

City of Evanston more

Volunteer Evanston Truist Software

2013Community DevelopmentSpecial Project$500

Evanston Community Foundation more

Evanston 150 - Celebrate!2013

2012General OperatingSpecial Project$1,000

Lake Street Church more

2013 Climate Action Fund Grant for Energy Audit.

2013EnvironmentSpecial Project$756

Regents of the University of Minnesota more

2013 Grant for Midwest Expansion of Child-Parent Centers.

2013Early ChildhoodSpecial Project$15,000

St. Nicholas Church more

2013 Climate Action Fund Grant for Energy Audit.

2013EnvironmentSpecial Project$1,500

Unity Church on the North Shore more

2013 Climate Action Fund Grant for Energy Audit.

2013EnvironmentSpecial Project$788

Village of Skokie - 2012 Community Giving Program more

Support for residents in need.

2012Basic Human NeedsSpecial Project$2,510

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Presenting an event, "Does Early Childhood Education Really Matter?"

2014Early ChildhoodCommunity Catalyst$250

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Provide school supplies to low-income children in District 65

2014EducationCommunity Catalyst$4,000

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Support the traveling exhibition Race: Are We So Different to provide an opportunity for Evanston residents to expand their understanding of race and encourage sustained dialogue.

2014Basic Human NeedsCommunity Catalyst$5,000

Beyond the Baby Blues more

Provide a support group for mothers experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety.

2014Family Support and CounselingCommunityworks$5,600

Evanston Public Library more

Work with schools to provide a program to improve literacy outcomes for rising Evanston kindergarteners.

2014EducationCommunityworks$11,000

Evanston Public Library more

Provide books, services, and periodic literacy enrichment activities for children and families engaged in home visiting and parent support programs.

2014Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$2,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Expand the reach of the Parents as Teacher model of parent support via home visits, support groups, Parent/Child Together groups, mental health consulting, and health screenings.

2014Family Support and CounselingCommunityworks$39,500

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Provide ongoing home visits for families whose childrens are age 3-5 and assist parents in preparing for and enrolling their children in school.

2014Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$11,500

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Expand the reach of the Baby TALK model of home visiting and parent support, including mental health consulting and developmental and language screenings.

2014Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$93,200

Literacy Works more

Provide parent workshops with various Evanston non-profits, as well as Learning Kit themes for those organizations.

2014Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$7,500

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Provide services to families engaged in the home visiting and parent support programs, as well as scholarships for children involved with the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston.

2014Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$8,500

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

Work with School District 65 and Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center to create literacy activities for kindergarten readiness and for children at free summer lunch sites.

2014YouthCommunityworks$9,000

Center for Economic Progress more

Provide free one-on-one services from IRS-certified tax preparers to aid low-income residents with their taxes and finances.

2014Community DevelopmentResponsive$12,500

Center for Independent Futures more

Create online programs to help integrate marginalized or disabled persons into settings such as the workplace.

2014Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$5,850

Ciencia para Todos more

Provide a primarily Spanish-language program to engage Latino families in the science of their daily lives with speakers and demonstrations.

2014EducationResponsive$10,000

CJE Senior Life more

Expand CJE's Adult Day Services creative arts therapy program to provide Seniors with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges with positive and stimulating experiences.

2014SeniorsResponsive$4,500

Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) more

Provide low-income households with economic opportunities, safe and sustainable housing, and familial stability.

2014HousingResponsive$10,000

Connections for the Homeless, Inc. more

Provide access to Child Resource Navigators who will link children of homeless families to educational, psychosocial, and healthcare support services.

2014YouthResponsive$15,000

Edible Evanston more

Double the size of Eggleston Anniversary Orchard and create opportunities for outreach, workshop, and educational programs.

2014EnvironmentResponsive$5,000

Erie Family Health Center more

Hire a Community Health Educator and expand Care Coordinator role to better engage patients and improve community health outcomes.

2014HealthResponsive$10,000

Erika's Lighthouse - A Beacon of Hope For Adolescent Depression more

Strengthen and introduce new curriculum for depression awareness programs at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) and District 65.

2014YouthResponsive$4,730

Evanston Art Center more

Make art more accessible to under-served communities with an art education van which would deliver constituents with art projects of 21st century practices and ideals.

2014ArtsResponsive$3,500

Evanston COPE more

Expand the grocery program all eleven participating schools after social workers have expressed that families have a desperate need.

2014Basic Human NeedsResponsive$5,000

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse more

Prepare participants to find jobs which will provide economic and social stability by helping them to address behavioral, educational, and physical challenges.

2014Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$15,000

Evanston Scholars more

Enable all 27 of the scholars who are high school juniors funds to participate in summer college programs.

2014YouthResponsive$13,000

Evanston Swims! more

Provide free swimming and water safety training to children of School District 65

2014YouthResponsive$5,000

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association more

Improve operations by implementing a new data management system

2014ArtsResponsive$5,000

Family Focus more

Partner with and The People's Music School to build a youth development orchestra program for 30-40 young Evanston students.

2014EducationResponsive$10,000

Frances Willard Historical Association more

In celebrations of Frances Willard's 175th birthday, create programming to honon her role in strengthening Evanston's women's organizations and as a pioneering feminist.

2014Women and GirlsResponsive$5,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Provide training and advocacy to low-income Evanston parents of children with special education needs.

2014Early ChildhoodResponsive$10,000

Literature for All of Us more

Partner with the Evanston Police department to help young Evanston offenders develop emotional and coping skills and new identities as readers and writers.

2014BoysResponsive$10,000

McGaw YMCA more

Provide literary instruction to first through third graders with low reading scores in order to shrink the Achievement Gap and curb Summer Learning Loss.

2014EducationResponsive$15,000

Mudlark Theater Company more

Create a production based entirely on the creative writing of Evanston children and performed by their peers. Includes writing workshops and play production phases.

2014ArtsResponsive$6,300

Next Theatre Company more

Hire a part-time development assistant to support the Artistic Director and Marketing Manager.

2014ArtsResponsive$5,000

Northlight Theatre more

Help support a theatre educational project in a partnership with the AVID program at Evanston Township High School.

2014ArtsResponsive$5,000

The Harbour, Inc. more

Implement a mentorship program in order to provide supportive relationships for at-risk youth and thereby foster educational and employment success.

2014YouthResponsive$10,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Explore new fundraising and development methods ito improve effectiveness following a 2013 analysis.

2014Early ChildhoodResponsive$7,500

Y.O.U. more

Implement programs for underserved school-age kids to engage with visual arts, dance, music, and poetry workshops.

2014YouthResponsive$11,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

Connect youth ages 2-17 who are at risk of lifelong poverty to paths for further education, subsidized work, and, eventually, permanent employment.

2014Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$15,000

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Create and facilitate programs encouraging dialogue, empathy, and collective action around racial equity.

2014Community DevelopmentResponsive$10,700

Child Care Center of Evanston more

Capacity building grant to support strategic planning process for board and staff

2014Early Childhoodroot2fruit$5,000

Curt's Cafe more

Expand and improve operations to aid and employ at-risk young adults.

2014Youthroot2fruit$10,000

Evanston Scholars more

Increase stability, organization, and fundraising efforts.

2014Educationroot2fruit$10,000

Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project -FLAP- more

Establish networks and access to legal resources in support of Evanston's immigrants and seasonal/migrant worker community.

2014Basic Human Needsroot2fruit$10,000

Frances Willard Historical Association more

Develop coherency of brand, expand outreach, and revamp online presence.

2014Culture (i.e., museums - not art )root2fruit$10,000

Literature for All of Us more

Increase professional knowledge of development staff, forge new strategic partnerships for sponsored services, and build the Literature for All of Us endowment.

2014Educationroot2fruit$10,000

Mudlark Theater Company more

Improve development via a continued brand refresh, augmentation of the staff and board of directors, and hiring of a Development Director.

2014Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

Next Theatre Company more

Expand Next Theatre Company in several facets, including its board, its presence in Downtown Evanston, and its partnerships with other local organizations.

2014Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

Piven Theatre Workshop more

Create and hire the role of Production Manager to better facilitate an online database of props and a rental system.

2014Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

The Talking Farm more

Continue to build the Talking Farm's board and administrative capacity, infrastructure, learning opportunities, and financial plan.

2013Environmentroot2fruit$10,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Improve the school's grant opportunities through new software, explorations of new grantors, and a stewardship plan.

2014Early Childhoodroot2fruit$10,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Improve technology infrastructure.

2014Early Childhoodroot2fruit Alumni$3,000

Open Studio Project more

Expand participation and scope by researching and implementing new marketing efforts.

2014Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit Alumni$4,915

The Lilac Tree more

Work towards hiring a Program Coordinator in order to manage an increase in clients and programs.

2014Women and Girlsroot2fruit Alumni$5,000

The Recyclery more

Create promotional materials to increase bike donations and funding for the Youth Open Shop.

2014Youthroot2fruit Alumni$2,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

Catalyst grant to launch fundraising for school supplies for needy students in Evanston/Skokie School District 65

2015EducationCommunity Catalyst$2,500

First Night Evanston Inc. more

Support for board and resource development activities

2015Arts and HumanitiesCommunity Catalyst$2,500

Evanston Public Library more

Support for American Writers Exhibit, From Our Neighborhoods, and related programming on the Power of Words

2015EducationCommunity Catalyst$1,200

Levy Senior Center more

Catalyst grant to enhance process of fundraising for new bus for Levy Senior Cneter

2015SeniorsCommunity Catalyst$1,000

Open Communities more

Catalyst grant to stimulate sponsorships for Justice Day 2015 commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's speech in Winnekta on equal housing opportunities

2015Community DevelopmentCommunity Catalyst$1,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Baby TALK model of home visiting and parent support, including mental health consulting and developmental and language screenings.

2015Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$129,860

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Family Center more

Parents as Teacher model of parent support via home visits, support groups, Parent/Child Together groups, mental health consulting, and health screenings.

2015Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$55,037

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Scholarships for preschool enrollment for five children transitioning from the Communityworks Family Support program

2015Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$9,000

Literacy Works more

Provide 16 parent workshops and 4 themed learning kits in support of Communityworks initiative

2015Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$8,000

Evanston Public Library more

Work with School District 65 and Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center to create literacy activities for kindergarten readiness and for children at free summer lunch sites.

2015YouthCommunityworks$5,000

Youth Job Center more

Work with School District 65 and Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center to create literacy activities for kindergarten readiness and for children at free summer lunch sites.

2015YouthCommunityworks$5,000

Childcare Network of Evanston more

Professional development workshops for home visitors, family childcare providers and preschool teachers

2015Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$3,500

Evanston Public Library more

Provide books, services, and periodic literacy enrichment activities for children and families engaged in home visiting and parent support programs.

2015Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$2,000

Better Media Alliance more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Evanston Community Television more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Evanston Scholars more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Girls Play Sports Inc. NFP more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Interfaith Action of Evanston (IAE) more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Mental Health America of the North Shore more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Mudlark Theater more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Northlight Theatre more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

PEER Services, Inc. more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Piven Theatre Workshop more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

PrismPathways, Inc. more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Senior Connections more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

Skokie Community Fund more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

The Actors Gymnasium more

Improve organizational capacity and development skills via subscription to Donor Path

2015General OperatingService: Fundraising$1,788

McGaw YMCA more

Support for Summer Literacy Program, a free literacy and enrichment program aimed at reversing summer learning loss among vulnerable students.

2015EducationResponsive$18,000

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Provide legal assitance to eligible youth with court records so that young people in our community have the fullest opportunities for education, housing and employment through the Clean Slate Initiative.

2015Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$15,000

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Add a Housing and Employment Specialist (HES) to our Domestic Violence staff and pilot a program that will expand our services to better safeguard the long-term self-sufficiency oftheir clients.

2015Women and GirlsResponsive$15,000

Connections for the Homeless, Inc. more

Provide educational, healthcare, and socio-emotional developmental programming to address deficits for the children of unstably housed families.

2015YouthResponsive$13,000

PS It's Social more

Work with teen mothers and at-risk young women (15 - 24 year olds), preferably women coming out of the prison system to help them learn job and life skills and move forward in their lives

2015Women and GirlsResponsive$13,000

Center for Economic Progress more

Provide free tax and financial services for 600 low-income Evanston households during the 2016 tax season, helping clients claim proven antipoverty tax credits and access additional services that promote financial stability.

2015Community DevelopmentResponsive$12,000

Evanston Scholars more

Expand our Financial Literacy program to help students take ownership of their financial futures.

2015EducationResponsive$12,000

Interfaith Action of Evanston (IAE) more

Expand the daily hospitality center and emergency overnight shelter programs for people who are homeless

2015Basic Human NeedsResponsive$12,000

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse more

7-month long workforce training program in deconstruction and construction will train individuals facing multiple barriers to employment. Trainees will become nationally certified 'deconstructors', prepared for living wage jobs.

2015Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$12,000

Evanston Township High School--Community Service Department more

Guided service trips for students will provide the opportunity to volunteer at local nonprofits on a regular, sustained basis with the goal being a meaningful, informed and impactful experience.

2015YouthResponsive$11,740

Northlight Theatre more

To expand 'Northligth on Campus' arts education programming into four Evanston K-5 schools-Walker, Oakton, King Arts and Chute. Program will be offered in partnership with YOU's after-school programming, 2x per week.

2015ArtsResponsive$11,500

Erie Family Health Center more

Expand on the work of the Outreach, Education and Care Coordination project by establishing a Care Manager to address the needs of our highest risk patients.

2015HealthResponsive$10,000

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian more

Extend and expand 2014 contract for a part time fundraising staff member from July 1, 2015 to January 2016 when we begin a three year grant commitmentto fund a full time position.

2015ArtsResponsive$10,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

Improve treatment outcomes by better engaging Latino families to support their teen's success via individual family therapy sessions and a new Latino parent support group.

2015Family Support and CounselingResponsive$10,000

The Harbour, Inc. more

GED training program for homeless youth in our care. Grant supports partial salary of an Educational Coordinator to facilitate and monitor in-house GED training by Oakton Community College, as well as the purchase of training materials and laptops.

2015EducationResponsive$10,000

Evanston Police Department, Youth Services more

Evanston Police Department, School District 65 & trained community volunteers collaborate to implement school-based Circles grounded in Restorative Justice Philosophy as an alternative to suspension & punishment-focused discipline.

2015YouthResponsive$9,050

Over The Rainbow Association more

Capacity building project for Resident Services Program to become CARF accredited. Accredication will enable the program to obtain a sustainable funding source and expand the breath of services offered

2015Basic Human NeedsResponsive$9,000

Piven Theatre Workshop more

Consortium of five local educational, artistic, and advocacy partners will explore Tim Robbins' play adaptation of Sr. Helen Prejean's Dead Man Walking, develop multidisciplinary curriculum for students, and evoke a community-wide discourse about the death penalty and social justice.

2015ArtsResponsive$8,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

To ensure the long term stability of unique programs for at-risk children, we will fund strategic marketing development initiatives.

2015Early ChildhoodResponsive$8,000

Evanston Art Center more

Expand arts programming to a multidisciplinary model in its new facility by adding a part-time staff position dedicated to curating public programs and initiating programmatic community partnerships.

2015ArtsResponsive$7,500

Family Focus more

Bridge support to help us continue services and implement a plan to make our programming sustainable into the future.

2015YouthResponsive$7,500

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology more

Connect resources of graduate students to train youth mental health facilitators for youth-led, anti-stigma project among youth at Evanston Township High School.

2015HealthResponsive$7,500

Center for Independent Futures more

Develop student-centered curriculum/resource material/facilitation and pilot with Evanston SD65 & SD202 for students with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and evaluate impact on student self-advocacy/determination.

2015EducationResponsive$6,560

Youth Technology Corps NFP, Inc more

YTC students will produce instructional videos based on their regular lessons and club projects. Computer refurbishment skills will be reinforced, while simultaneously developing skills in video production, photography, computer graphics, etc.

2015YouthResponsive$6,400

CJE Senior Life more

CJE's ADS Evanston provides a structuredenvironment for 206 adults ages 60 and older facing physical, cognitive, and/or emotional challenges. The ADS Evanston arts therapy program provides clients with physical, intellectual and social experiences that intensify positive feelings and exercise mind and body.

2015SeniorsResponsive$5,750

Edible Evanston (a volunteer organization of the Evanston150 challenge) more

"Public Outreach Gardens" pilot project expands the goal of growing local food. Project includes designing /building raised-bed and container gardens, developing a design manual, and conducting educational workshops. Two thirds of the gardens will be in underserved Evanston Communities.

2015EnvironmentResponsive$4,940

Evanston Swims! more

Expand and provide 40 students most in need of swim instruction with eight weeks of free summer swim lessons. Goals are to achieve swim competency shared by their peers, remove a significant barrier to water safety, and able them to enjoy the benefits of swimming.

2015YouthResponsive$4,000

Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) more

To meet challneges of a growing inventory of permanently affordable housing and increasing number of donors, purchase and implement property management and donor management software to build infrastructure and support long-term growth.

2015HousingResponsive$3,000

Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project -FLAP- more

Create 20 additional English and Spanish flyers to inform Evanston workers and their families about their legal rights and free or affordable legal resources available to them.

2015Basic Human NeedsResponsive$2,300

Books & Breakfast more

Strengthen program by creating organizational plan to hire an Assistant Director, outline goals for growth in 2016, and explore potential for expanding the program to other District 65 schools. Books & Breakfast is also expanding their fundraising efforts by continuing to solicit current donors and looking for new financial partners as well.

2015Educationroot2fruit$10,000

Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project -FLAP- more

Develop partnership action plans with at least 15 community partners to better serve more of Evanston's immigrants, seasonal and migrant worker community and provide pro bono legal consultation for at least 1,500 Evanston-based workers. Additional legal information will be provided through at least 25 community legal education presentations.

2015Family Support and Counselingroot2fruit$10,000

Frances Willard Historical Association more

Hire a development coordinator to support the Rest Cottage Campaign to raise $125,000 for the restoration of interior spaces, increase FWHA membership from 50 to 100 through the Membership Growth Campaign, and expand the board by two members. Hire a consultant to find ways to better integrate the archives into future marketing.

2015Culture (ie, museums - not art )root2fruit$10,000

Literature for All of Us more

Support development programs by building the endowment fund at the ECF, forging new community partnerships with local businesses, and hiring a fulltime Director of Development.

2015Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

Meals at Home more

Expand the client base by hiring a Program Coordinator, allowing the Executive Director to focus on marketing initiatives. Conduct market research supported by pro bono consultants and implement a marketing plan to attract additional clients.

2015Community Developmentroot2fruit$10,000

Muse of Fire Theatre Company more

Strengthen programming by expanding the Board, working with a development consultant to attract new grants and donations, and hiring a part-time administrator.

2015Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

Piven Theatre Workshop more

Develop a consistent revenue stream by planning two years of productions for the Equity stage, expand the internal audience through month-long improvisation series, and implement a fully developed rental program.

2015Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

Curt's Cafe more

Increase stability by rehiring a part-time Development Director, opening Curt's Cafe South as a second location, and expanding sales at both locations.

2015Workforce Developmentroot2fruit$10,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Create a video celebrating 25th anniversary; increase effectiveness of fundraising efforts by re-evaluating the Fundraising & Development plan (using new donor software) and creating a stewardship plan for existing donors.

2015Early Childhoodroot2fruit$10,000

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse more

Expand the scope and reach of classes by preparing workshop for the training classes, drafting a six month class schedule based on community interest, and implementing monthly classes.

2015Environmentroot2fruit Alumni$5,000

Piccolo Theatre, Inc. more

Update the website to align with new stream of programming, and train staff to maintain the website, in order to use it for ticket sales and program registration.

2015Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit Alumni$4,930

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Upgrade technological capacity by purchasing an Advanced Communications System with multiple phone lines and work station capacityat both the Baby Toddler Nursey and the administrative offices.

2015Early Childhoodroot2fruit Alumni$4,922

The Musical Offering more

Implement new database for donors and prospects, with the goal of using the database for the 2015 annual fund campaign.

2015Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit Alumni$3,119

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Board and staff team willparticipate in Fundraising Capacity Building trainings sponsored by Kellogg, and share program highlights at the annual Board retreat.

2015Youthroot2fruit Alumni$1,500

Midwest Child-Parent Center Expansion more

Expands Child-Parent Centers to Evanston locations. Midwest Child-Parent Centers is a program of the University of Minnesota, providing support to Pre-K -3rd graders with the goal of enhancing achievement in low income families.

2012Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$10,000

Midwest Child-Parent Center Expansion more

Expands Child-Parent Centers to Evanston locations. Midwest Child-Parent Centers is a program of the University of Minnesota, providing support to Pre-K -3rd graders with the goal of enhancing achievement in low income families.

2013Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$15,000

Midwest Child-Parent Center Expansion more

Expands Child-Parent Centers to Evanston locations. Midwest Child-Parent Centers is a program of the University of Minnesota, providing support to Pre-K -3rd graders with the goal of enhancing achievement in low income families.

2014Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$15,000

Midwest Child-Parent Center Expansion more

Expands Child-Parent Centers to Evanston locations. Midwest Child-Parent Centers is a program of the University of Minnesota, providing support to Pre-K -3rd graders with the goal of enhancing achievement in low income families.

2015Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$15,000

Midwest Child-Parent Center Expansion more

Expands Child-Parent Centers to Evanston locations. Midwest Child-Parent Centers is a program of the University of Minnesota, providing support to Pre-K -3rd graders with the goal of enhancing achievement in low income families.

2016Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$20,000

Two Generation Pilot Program, Year 2 more

Collaboration with the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University to pilot a two-generations educational initiative for low-income young children and their parents (funded by ECF donors and our Communityworks Fund)

2015Early Childhood, Workforce DevelopmentCommunityworks$119,000

Two Generation Pilot Program, Year 1 more

Collaboration with the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and the Aspen Institute to pilot a two-generations educational initiative for low-income young children and their parents (funded by Ascend at the Aspen Institute)

2014Early Childhood, Workforce DevelopmentCommunityworks$100,000

Connections for the Homeless more

Connections for the Homeless supports clients with long-term housing options and related services. Funding will enable Connections to reopen shower and laundry services for Evanston's homeless.

2016Basic Human NeedsCommunity Catalyst$6,000

Chicago Community Trust more

The Chicago Community Trust works with nonprofit organizations, residents and donors in order to improve the area by grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy.Grant supports Forefront's Illinois Nonprofit Impact Awareness Fund.

2016Community DevelopmentCommunity Catalyst$2,500

Housing Opportunity Development Corporation more

Housing Opportunity Development Corporation used the grant in order to subsidize the costs of temporary housing for residents displaced from HODC building at 319 Dempster during May and June of 2016.

2016HousingCommunity Catalyst$2,000

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 more

The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 provided school supplies to low-income children for Fall Semester 2014 using their grant funds.

2016EducationCommunity Catalyst$1,500

Child Care Center of Evanston more

Child Care Center of Evanston delivers high-quality education and care to children, and promotes such programming to strengthen families. Grant supports updating, printing and distributing an updated resource guide for parents with clear information on early childhood programs in Evanston.

2016Early ChildhoodCommunity Catalyst$1,325

Literature for All of Us more

Literature for All of Us supports reading and writing efforts by teenage mothers and other young people through group discussions. The grant supports the Quality of Mercy Poetry Journals projects in order to acquire he appropriatejournals.

2016Arts and HumanitiesCommunity Catalyst$1,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Expand the reach of the Baby TALK model of home visiting and parent support, including mental health consulting and developmental and language screenings.

2016Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$87,805

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Family Center more

Grant supports the expansion of reach of the research-based Parent as Teachers model of home visiting and parent support enhanced by community outreach through: home visiting, weekly groups and enrichment groups and other services.

2016Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$41,475

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

Grant supports a program called ABC Boosters to offer literacy activities in order to support kindergarten readiness, designed by the Evanston Public Library.

2016YouthCommunityworks$12,500

Evanston Public Library more

Provides a program called ABC Boosters to offer literacy activities in order to support kindergarten readiness, designed by the Evanston Public Library.

2016YouthCommunityworks$10,000

Warren W. Cherry Preschool more

Grant supports families involved in the home visiting program. It will help provide scholarships for preschool enrollment for one child that are transitioning from the Family Support program.

2016Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$9,000

Literacy Works more

Grant supports a program called Parent Active in Children?s Education (PACE), which provides workshops and themed learning kits.

2016Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$8,000

Evanston Township High School more

Support for Evanston Cradle to Career collective impact effort to improve the lives of Evanston youth.

2016EducationCommunityworks$5,000

Beyond the Baby Blues more

Grant supports three 10 week supports groups for mothers experiencing post-partum depression and anxiety.

2016Early ChildhoodCommunityworks$4,000

Evanston Public Library more

Grant supports families involved in the home visiting and family support program with books and services.

2016YouthCommunityworks$4,000

McGaw YMCA more

Expands free literacy and enrichment summer programming aimed at reversing summer learning loss among vulnerable students. The expansion will pilot the Power Scholars Academy program at Walker School, which aims to close the achievement gap not only in reading but in the STEM fields.

2016EducationResponsive$17,500

Connections for the Homeless more

Provides housing and wrap-around supportive services to homeless Evanston youth between 18-24 years old, to move them toward recovery, long-term housing stability, and independence. Our House began as a Leadership Evanston small group project, and is now in its first year as a program of Connections for the Homeless.

2016HousingResponsive$15,000

Evanston Public Library more

Pilots a Digital Literacy Program to respond to the digital divide in Evanston, including the circulation of Wi-Fi hotspots, a technology trainer, and an outreach vehicle to provide access in underserved areas.

2016EducationResponsive$15,000

Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United) more

Pilots programming for 200 youth ages 8-14 in the after-school and summer learning programs, allowing the implementation of a new comprehensive, project-based STEM curriculum that will meaningfully engage youth in STEM learning, fields, and careers.

2016YouthResponsive$15,000

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

Expands the Housing and Employment services position to full time to better serve clients in the new longer-term, housing program for whom self-sufficiency and independence will be anchored in successful employment.

2016Women and GirlsResponsive$15,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

Implements a culturally competent treatment program for young adults struggling with substance abuse. Includes individual and family counseling.

2016HealthResponsive$14,000

Center for Independent Futures more

Pilots a "Person-Centered Employment Strategy" for students and young adults with disabilities (enrolled in ETHS's Learning Strategies and Transition House Programs) that complements Youth Job Center resources, boosting postsecondary employment.

2016Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$13,000

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse more

Hires an additional staff member to expand fundraising efforts, in order to continue to grow the workforce training program.

2016Community DevelopmentResponsive$12,500

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy more

Trains staff through a year-long facilitated process, so they may provide more trauma-informed, culturally competent services, and increase the organizational capacity to respond to clients in an accessible, culturally competent, inclusive and therapeutically responsive manner.

2016YouthResponsive$12,000

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc. more

Provides support to graduating seniors at ETHS who are without postsecondary plans. Skills include a set of academic, technical and social skills to set them on a clear path to a career and self-sufficiency.

2016Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$12,000

Family Promise Chicago North Shore more

Supports families transitioning from shelter care back into their own Evanston apartments. Provides home case management and financial support.

2016HousingResponsive$10,500

Center for Economic Progress more

Provides free tax and financial services in Evanston for 625 households in 2017, and increases capacity by investing in program technology, volunteer training, and outreach.

2016Community DevelopmentResponsive$10,000

Connections for the Homeless more

Identifies and links people in need of services into a full range of programming provided by Connections and other agencies.

2016Basic Human NeedsResponsive$10,000

Erie Family Health Center more

Increases access to psychiatric services for patients at Erie Evanston/Skokie to support ongoing efforts to provide patient care management that addresses a range of social determinants of health.

2016HealthResponsive$10,000

Family Focus more

Continues funding to support program improvements and ensure sustainability of the afterschool program that has promoted increased academic achievement and social-emotional skills in students of the 5th ward community.

2016YouthResponsive$10,000

Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary more

Reduces summer learning loss by engaging students with a multicultural curriculum, boosting reading, positive attitudes, leadership skills, and connections to their community.

2016EducationResponsive$10,000

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston more

Empowers young fathers ages 17-25 to find their own purpose and to fully engage in the Evanston community, leading to fuller involvement with their children and the community at large.

2016BoysResponsive$10,000

Interfaith Action of Evanston (IAE) more

Builds capacity in order to fill-in gaps due to changes in social services by providing new part-time staff to oversee fundraising efforts and database upgrade.

2016Basic Human NeedsResponsive$10,000

Northlight Theatre more

Deepens and expands programming with YOU by connecting Northlight's Speak Up! Program to YOU's Project Based Learning Objectives. Elementary aged Evanston youth will benefit from joint curriculum development and facilitator trainings.

2016ArtsResponsive$10,000

Literature for All of Us more

Trauma informed literacy partnership with Curt's Cafe

2016Workforce DevelopmentResponsive$8,750

Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County more

Expands counseling services for child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members living in Evanston, by adding additional days and hours of service.

2016Family Support and CounselingResponsive$7,500

Enrich Evanston more

Undertakes racial equity training to make progress towards increasing diversity and inclusivity in each of the four founding organizations: The Actor's Gymnasium, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Dance Ensemble, and North Shore Choral Society.

2016ArtsResponsive$7,500

Second Baptist Church more

Pilots an intensive cross-cultural program that brings diverse middle and high school youth together to learn how to overcome differences and successfully work together as a community.

2016YouthResponsive$6,500

Edible Evanston, a project of the Evanston Environmental Association more

Transforms the Eggleston Anniversary Orchard into a demonstration "Food Forest" that draws visitors and provides an educational opportunity for residents. Edible Evanston formed out of an Evanston150 idea.

2016EnvironmentResponsive$5,725

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) more

Provides specialized training for SASI professional caregivers, focusing on strengthening skills for working with older adults with dementia.

2016SeniorsResponsive$5,194

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County more

Develops an efficient regional homeless coordinated entry system that makes homeless services and housing more easily accessible to especially vulnerable populations.

2016HousingResponsive$5,000

McGaw YMCA more

Builds the capacity of Evanston Swims! program by hiring a program coordinator who will raise awareness about the program throughout Evanston. An Evanston150 idea, Evanston Swims! provides free swimming and water safety lessons to District 65 second graders with the goal of ensuring all Evanston youth know how to swim.

2016YouthResponsive$5,000

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian more

Partners with five Evanston venues to share its award winning exhibit "Deconstructing Stereotypes: Top Ten Truths About Native Americans," to educate the community on common misconceptions about Native American people and their history in Evanston.

2016EducationResponsive$5,000

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association more

Expands the music education program for District 65 preschoolers, allowing more frequent access to classes for students.

2016ArtsResponsive$4,000

Regents of the University of Minnesota more

Supports expansion of Child Parent Centers to Evanston Skokie School District 65

2016Early ChildhoodSpecial Project, but considered comp and strat$20,000

Books & Breakfast more

Organizational Capacity Building

2016Educationroot2fruit$10,000

Chessmen Club of the NorthShore, Inc. more

Organizational Capacity Building

2016Community Developmentroot2fruit$10,000

Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project -FLAP- more

Organizational Capacity Building

2016Family Support and Counselingroot2fruit$10,000

Girls Play Sports, Inc. NFP more

Organizational Capacity Building

2016Women and Girlsroot2fruit$10,000

Literature for All of Us more

Organizational Capacity Building

2016Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

Meals at Home more

Organizational Capacity Building

2016Community Developmentroot2fruit$10,000

Muse of Fire Theatre Company more

Organizational Capacity Building

2016Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban more

Organizational Capacity Building

2016Healthroot2fruit$10,000

Piven Theatre Workshop more

Organizational Capacity Building

2016Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit$10,000

Reba Early Learning Center more

Organizational Capacity Building

2016Early Childhoodroot2fruit$1,000

Evanston Scholars more

Evanston Scholars staff and mentors often identify and support students experiencing social and emotional issues that could prevent them from succeeding in college. Funding supports professional development to create counseling protocols, networking with professionals in the field, and attending training.

2016Educationroot2fruit Alumni$5,000

Mudlark Theater more

Mudlark Theater provides students with tools needed to participate in advanced styles of theater. Parents of participants report improvements in their children?s self-confidence, problem-solving, ability to deal with uncertainty, and sense of empathy. Funding supports development of quantitative tools to better assess the impact of Mudlark programming.

2016Arts and Humanitiesroot2fruit Alumni$5,000

PEER Services, Inc. more

PEER Services is seeking to purchase and install an electronic medical record system. The grant supports implementing this service so PEER Services can better manage key data.

2016Healthroot2fruit Alumni$5,000

Center for Independent Futures more

Center for Independent Futures (CIF) supports individuals with disabilities, providing access to opportunities that can lead to a full life. Grant supports development and launch of a planned giving program.

2016Family Support and Counselingroot2fruit Alumni$4,000

ELL Parent Center more

This is a double grant from the Skokie Community Fund to ELL Parent Center and FAMA Bilingual Center for Family Caregivers for the Health Literacy Education to Immigrant Families. The main goals of this project include increasing knowledge of safety at home and in the community, as well as increasing health screenings and self-monitoring of health screenings.

2016Family Support and CounselingSkokie Responsive$5,000

Open Studio Project more

The Community Mural Grant to the Open Studio Project and the Village of Skokie Human Services Division aims to provide a safe and enriching environment for Skokie residents of all ages, abilities, races, cultures, ethnicities, and languages to gather together and give voice to their experiences of home. Additionally, they plan to create and install a mural that embraces the diversity of Skokie.

2016Arts and HumanitiesSkokie Responsive$5,000

Orchard Village more

This grant is going to Orchard Village, Stillpoint Theatre Collective, and the Skokie Public Library fro the "Can You See Me?" Documentary Video. The goal of this project is to celebrate and document the creative capabilities and accomplishments of adult Skokie citizens with developmental disabilities and to create a better community understanding and acceptance of adults with developmental disabilities.

2016Community DevelopmentSkokie Responsive$5,000

Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United) more

The District 69 Parent Leadership Program grant for Y.O.U. and Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69 aims to empower parents to be leaders in the District 69 community and build a sense of community and trust between parents and teachers.

2016Family Support and CounselingSkokie Responsive$4,000

Skokie Public Library more

This grant is to The Douglas Center and the Skokie Public Library for the Next Chapter Book Club. The goal of this grant is to develop the organizational capacity to implement book discussion clubs that foster social interaction, encourage reading and an interest in lifelong learning, and promote inclusion for special needs adults in Skokie.

2016Arts and HumanitiesSkokie Responsive$3,000

YWCA Evanston/North Shore more

The Racial Justice Programming grant for YWCA Evanston/North Shore and the Skokie Public Library aims to deepen participants' understanding of the impact, past and present, of race on the community.

2016Community DevelopmentSkokie Responsive$3,000