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Foundation awards ‘capacity-building’ grants

The Evanston Community Foundation today announced nine recipients of its root2fruit capacity-building grants for 2014.

Three new grantees include the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project, Literature for All of Us and Piven Theatre Workshop.

Each will receive grants of $10,000 with the anticipation of renewed funding in 2015 and 2016.

Grants were renewed for organizations entering their second and third years of program funding including second-year grantees Curt’s Café, Frances Willard Historical Association and Warren W. Cherry Preschool and third-year grantees Evanston Scholars, Mudlark Theatre and Next Theatre.

Additionally, Childcare Center of Evanston was selected to receive a one-time capacity-building grant of $5,000.

For the second consecutive year, ECF also awarded grants to program alumni. Four alumni organizations will receive grants for capacity-building projects including the Infant Welfare Society ($3,000), The Lilac Tree ($5,000), the Open Studio Project ($4,915) and The Recyclery ($2,000).

Funded by the Mammel Foundation, and managed by the Evanston Community Foundation, the root2fruit program has benefited 39 organizations and awarded over $1 million in grants since its inception in 2002.

Designed to build the capacity of small to mid-size nonprofits in Evanston, the program includes a combination of grants renewable for three years and mentorship for grantees.

Over the years, foundation officials say, root2fruit grantee organizations have seen significant improvement in their budgets, fundraising and development capacity, boards, and ability to build their services.

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