responsive grants

A record of nearly $312,000 in responsive grants were awarded for the 2016/2017 cycle.

The Foundation’s 2016-17 responsive grants are funding projects in a broad range of program areas that will strengthen the community beyond the grant period. Selected from a highly competitive pool of proposals, ECF awarded 29 grants in May 2016. We’ve come a long way since 1987 when we awarded $30,000 to 15 organizations. This growth is due to the increase in ECF's endowment and to the generosity of our grantmaking partners, especially Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM).

2016 responsive grant recipients


Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook CountyCenter for Economic ProgressCenter for Independent FuturesChildren's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook CountyConnections for the HomelessEdible EvanstonEnrich EvanstonErie Family Health CenterEvanston Public LibraryEvanston Rebuilding WarehouseEvanston Swims!Evanston Symphony OrchestraFamily FocusFamily Promise Chicago North ShoreGarrett Evangelical Theological Seminary Infant Welfare Society of EvanstonInterfaith Action of EvanstonJames B. Moran Center for Youth AdvocacyLiterature for All of UsMcGaw YMCAMitchell Museum of the American IndianNorthlight TheatreOur House - a program of Connections for the HomelessPEER ServicesSecond Baptist ChurchServices for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI)Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United)Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc.YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Plus a special grant to the Midwest Child-Parent Center expansion (5th year).

for current grantees

Current responsive grantees can find the information they need to have a successful grant year on the Grantee Resources page. Documents include a grantee schedule of dates and deadlines, grant agreement worksheet, and forms needed for interim and final reports. The 2016-17 Interim Report form was due December 2, 2016.