While it’s not exactly Santa Claus, the Evanston Community Foundation would like to drop some cash in the stockings of some Evanston-based non-profit organizations that are doing good for the community.

The organization announced today that it is seeking proposals for capacity-building and program grants for up to $20,000 each to nonprofit organizations serving the Evanston community.

Last year’s responsive grant cycle awarded $258,330 to 28 organizations and programs, setting a record for the largest amount awarded by ECF in a single grant cycle. 

Responsive grants represent about 20 percent of the total funding the Foundation expects to distribute throughout the year through its competitive and strategic grants–including Communityworks, root2fruit, and community catalyst grants–as well as through grants from its endowments, donor advised, and designated funds programs.

ECF’s President and CEO Sara Schastok said the ECF board “prioritizes investments that strengthen the capacity of organizations to achieve long-term results, encourages collaborative proposals that build and develop community resources and partnerships, and seeks to invest in work that will be self-sustaining after the funding period.”

Funding guidelines and application procedures are available on the organization’s website. Applications must be filed electronically through eGrant.net by midnight on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.

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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