maximize the impact of local efforts and organizations

We make investments in organizations and projects that are poised to make a difference in the community.

In photo, a supervisor with a student, participants in the grantee organization Evanston Work Ethic (WE) Program

We’re here for Evanston, investing in the most sustainable projects and programs. Supporting Evanston’s most effective organizations and launching innovative ventures and collaborations — acting as a catalyst to bring ideas to life for a better Evanston.

I am an applicant

Match your organization's needs and opportunities with ECF's grant offerings. Access current grant applications. For help getting started with our grants system, click here for a guided tutorial.

I am a grantee

Access grantee resources for each of the Foundation's grant programs. 

we fund community groups

Does your group have a great idea but no 501c(3) status? The Foundation not only funds nonprofits but also community groups that have a fiscal sponsor. Contact us to learn more.

make grants with us!

Extending our reach, our grantmaking partners provide valuable resources, supporting many areas of interest. Read our 2022 Grant Showcase & Annual Meeting Program booklet to see how grantmaking partners extend ECF's impact.