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Foundation offers grants for human services

The Evanston Community Foundation announces an autumn grants cycle dedicated to human needs and services in Evanston. This year $25,000 in grants will be offered to support Evanston organizations affected by the Illinois budget crisis.

The Evanston Community Foundation announces an autumn grants cycle dedicated to human needs and services in Evanston. This year $25,000 in grants will be offered to support Evanston organizations affected by the Illinois budget crisis. Eligible organizations are those that have lost funding for specific programs and/or have had to cut back services because they are owed significant amounts by the State of Illinois.

The Foundation will issue a request for proposals to eligible organizations by late October with a proposal due date of December 1. Several grants of no more than $5,000 will be awarded for calendar year 2011. Organizations can propose support for already existing, successful programs that have been diminished or eliminated due to reduced state funding, or propose a targeted effort to build organizational capacity to raise funds from individual donors, corporate donors or foundations.

Grant decisions will be recommended to the ECF board by a specially constituted grants committee, consisting of Foundation board members drawn from its grants committee and community representatives especially knowledgeable in human needs and services.

The source for this round of grants is a fund created by Evanston United Way at the Evanston Community Foundation. In 2011, the Foundation will develop a long-range plan for human needs and services grantmaking. “Assuming that the Illinois budget crisis will continue for at least two more years, we anticipate that fall grantmaking cycles in 2011 and 2012 will continue to focus on strengthening organizations buffeted by this crisis,” states Marybeth Schroeder, senior program officer at the Evanston Community Foundation.

The $25,000 to be awarded by year-end will further increase ECF’s competitive grantmaking from its record-high $200,000 awarded to twenty-seven organizations in May. Combined Foundation grants in 2010 from primary grants cycles will be $700,000 with total charitable distributions from all funds exceeding $1.3 million.

For more information on the upcoming special grants, contact program officers Marybeth Schroeder or Cheryl Kaplan at 847/492-0990 or [email protected]
 

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