The Evanston Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for its root2fruit grants.


The Evanston Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for its root2fruit grants.

The Foundation will make three new grants of up to $10,000 each for the 2010 calendar year. Grants are renewable for two additional years for a maximum award of $30,000.

The premise of root2fruit is that small and emerging 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.

The application and this year’s funding guidelines are available on the Evanston Community Foundation website.

Completed applications are due at the foundation office on Oct. 5.

Since its first grants in 2003, the Evanston Community Foundation’s root2fruit grants initiative has invested nearly $600,000 in Evanston.

Two dozen local organizations have benefited from this capacity building program. root2fruit “graduates” report significant increases in their budgets, fund-raising capacity, and ability to build services.

The program is funded with a grant to the Evanston Community Foundation from the Mammel Foundation.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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