Historically, the annual grant awards event has focused on recipients of ECF's annual Responsive Grants program. This year the event celebrates recipients of the full range of ECF grants including Communityworks, root2fruit, Responsive Grants, Partners for the Future and Community Catalyst Grants.
ECF Program Officer Rebecca Cacayuran said, "We realized many community members were unaware of the broad range of community opportunities and needs that the Foundation supports. We think this new twist on our Responsive Grant awards event will recognize the efforts of all current ECF grantees, and provide a snapshot of how Evanston's nonprofits are making this a more just, vibrant and inclusive community."
Responsive Grant Award recipients represent a broad range of Foundation grantmaking interests ranging from early childhood education, community development, family support and counseling, housing, workforce development, seniors, the arts, and basic human needs. These grants are typically for a period of 12 months and focus on projects that fulfill organizational missions.
Root2fruit grants focus on the infrastructure of small and mid-sized nonprofits and the capacity of organizations to fulfill their missions; these grants are renewable for two additional years.
Communityworks grants strengthen Evanston's early childhood education system in its efforts to work with low-income families of children 0 to 5 years old, with the goal of having every child ready for kindergarten regardless of family background.
Partners for the Future makes matching gift challenge grants to selected organizations to strengthen their ability to attract major gifts from individuals. Community Catalyst Grants allow the Foundation to make small grants to fund immediate needs and opportunities that arise outside other grant cycles.
The Evanston Community Foundation's Grant Awards Celebration on May 29 at at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. To register, or for more information about Evanston Community Foundation or the 2014 Grant Awards Celebration, visit www.evanstonforever.org or call 847-492-0990.The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of more than $19 million, helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training. For more information about the Evanston Community Foundation, visitwww.evanstonforever.org.