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.

we achieve impact

making strategic investments to meet current challenges, fostering innovation to address emerging needs. Meet our grantees.

we give grants & more

learn about our grants — responsive, root2fruit, communityworks, and others, or explore our programs, including workshops for NPOs.

we cover the bases

our grantmaking ranges from arts to community development, from seniors to youth. Visit our archive of strategic and competitive grants.

rolling grants

ECF has launched its new Rolling Grants program! Proposals for programs or capacity building projects with budgets up to $5000 may be submitted anytime and will be reviewed quarterly. Learn more.

make grants with us!

Extending our reach, our grantmaking partners provide valuable resources, supporting many areas of interest. Read our 2017 grants presentation program to see how grantmaking partners extend ECF's impact.