root2fruit alumni grants

ECF awards grants for specific capacity building projects to root2fruit alumni organizations.

The Foundation recognizes that organizations continue to need capacity building opportunities beyond the three-year root2fruit cycle. In 2011 the Foundation established the possibility to apply for one year specific capacity building project grants. These grants are available only to organizations who have previously participated in the three-year root2fruit grants program.

apply for 2017-2018

The Foundation will award a total of up to $20,000 for grants of up to $5,000 to support projects that will improve an organization’s infrastructure and long-term sustainability, particularly:

  • technology (e.g. website, database, communications)
  • marketing and development
  • staff and board (e.g. training or new or expanded positions)

Applications are due Tuesday, October 10 at 11:59 pm, using eGrant online. Grants will be disbursed in December 2017, for use by December 2018.

on-going capacity building

Using its capacity-building grant, The Lilac Tree completed major infrastructure development and technology upgrades, while the Mitchell Museum focused on increasing attendance and donor support. Other alumni grant projects addressed specific growth areas, program expansion, and fundraising efforts.

cultivating communities from within — alumni capacity building grants

The five organizations receiving grants to support specific capacity building projects in 2017 are Curt’s Café ($4,250), Evanston Scholars ($3,800), James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy ($4,250), Mudlark Theatre Company ($4,500), and Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) ($4,200).

Alumni grants awarded in previous years:

2016
Center for Independent Futures ($4000)
Evanston Scholars ($5000)
Mudlark Theatre ($5000)
PEER Services ($5000)

2015
Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse ($5,000)
Infant Welfare Society of Evanston ($4,922)
James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy ($1,500)
Musical Offering ($3,119)
Piccolo Theater ($4,930)

2014
Infant Welfare Society of Evanston $3000
The Lilac Tree $5000
Open Studio Project $4915
The Recyclery $2000

2013
Center for Independent Futures $3000
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian $3000
James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy $3000

2011
Center for Independent Futures $3000
The Lilac Tree $3000
The Musical Offering $1000
Open Studio Project $3000
The Recyclery $2000