The active non-profit community in Evanston received news this week that the Evanston Community Foundation is planning to make its popular “root2fruit” grants for the 15th consecutive year.

Grant applications for the 2017 calendar year are now being accepted by the foundation staff for up to three new grants of up to $10,000 each. Additionally, the grants are renewable for two additional years for a maximum total award of $30,000.

Made possible through a partnership with the Mammel Foundation, root2fruit is a capacity building program, which includes not only renewable three-year grants but also mentorship for grantees.  

Since 2003, root2fruit has benefited 45 small and mid-size organizations serving Evanston.  Participation in root2fruit has helped them to build their long-term sustainability by improving board effectiveness, fundraising capacity, and business practices. 

Applications are due by midnight, Oct. 10.  Additional information is available on the ECF website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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