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Grants offered to help groups grow

The Evanston Community Foundation is accepting applications for its root2fruit grants to small non-profit organizations.

The foundation will make up to three new grants of up to $10,000 each for the 2011 calendar year. Each grant award is renewable for two additional years for a maximum award of $30,000.

The Evanston Community Foundation is accepting applications for its root2fruit grants to small non-profit organizations.

The foundation will make up to three new grants of up to $10,000 each for the 2011 calendar year. Each grant award is renewable for two additional years for a maximum award of $30,000.

The premise of root2fruit is that small organizations need technical assistance as well as funding to continue their growth as effective and sustainable organizations. Grant recipients and members of an advisory board meet on a regular basis to discuss shared issues and challenges.

This year, the Evanston Community Foundation is using an eGrant system, to allow organizations to complete and submit their application online. The application and this year’s funding guidelines are available on the Evanston Community Foundation website.

The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 11.

Since 2003, the root2fruit grants initiative has invested nearly $700,000 in Evanston. Twenty-seven local organizations have received grants from the program. Participating organizations report significant increases in their budgets, fundraising capacity, and ability to build services. The program is funded with a grant to the Evanston Community Foundation from the Mammel Foundation.

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