The Evanston Community Foundation wants to make it easier for locally-based not-for-profits to obtain funding for their projects.

In sending out the news that it is seeking proposal requests from NFPs for grants, ECF announced that it is also revamping its procedures to ease the grant-seeking process.

“Organizations of all sizes from long-standing nonprofits to new community groups have the opportunity to propose their ideas to improve Evanston,” said Marybeth Schroeder, Vice President of Programs at ECF. 

Grants will range in size from $5,000 to $20,000, Schroeder said, and it all begins with submitting a letter of inquiry by Jan.15, describing the program or organizational improvement project for which they seek funding.

After a review, selected organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal. Final grantmaking decisions are made by a committee of community members. 

 Applicants will find the complete guidelines and access to the online application on the organization’s website.

Those who need access to a computer or assistance submitting online are invited to contact ECF’s office at (847) 492-0990.

ECF will be hosting community information sessions that will cover both information on the responsive grant cycle as well as a training session for the new grants process on Dec. 27 from 3-4 p.m., and Jan. 3 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

All sessions will be held in the first floor conference rooms in the Rotary Building, 1560 Sherman Ave. Dates may be added based on demand. To register, applicants should send an email to  rsvp@evanstonforever.org.

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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