The Evanston Community Foundation invests in great ideas and the people bringing them to life through the E-Town Innovation Grants.
Donor Name: Evanston Community Foundation
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $10,000 to $100,000
Grant Duration: 1 Year
The Evanston Community Foundation wants to support organizations to be bold and innovative in solving today’s challenges, particularly as they all work to reimagine a more equitable Evanston in a post-COVID world.
These grants are focused on supporting new or expanded innovative programs that:
- Prioritize equitable opportunities and outcomes for Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color (BIPOC)
- Support organizations working together to solve community challenges and change systems
- Embrace creative solutions that address community needs in ways that are more effective, equitable, or sustainable than standard approaches.
The Foundation wants Evanston to thrive as a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable community. They fund projects that:
- Focus on advancing equity, in particular racial equity and intersectionality
- Meaningfully engage key stakeholders to identify problems and include those directly affected by those problems
- Are collaborative in nature.
- Grant amounts range from $2,500 – $20,000. Proposals should have a project budget appropriate to the scope of the project.
- Grant period will be for a 12-month period.
Who can apply?
Any group or organization providing services to Evanston residents can apply for a grant. All proposals must address issues, concerns, or opportunities in the Evanston community. Additionally, applicants must fit in one of the following categories:
- Community Institutions: 501c3 organizations, 501c6 organizations, local schools, local government, and community organizations with a fiscal sponsor.
- Community Grassroots Groups: Any group of community members working together to address a community need – no 501c3 or fiscal sponsorship required.
- Businesses with a charitable purpose – Must fit at least ONE of these criteria:
- Meet a basic human need.
- Provide a service not offered by the local nonprofit sector (or has a demand that exceeds availability)
- Broaden workforce development pathways to living-wage careers for BIPOC-identifying community members.
For more information, visit ECF.