The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) announced today the nine recipients of its root2fruit capacity-building grants for 2014. Three new grantees were selected to the program including FLAP (Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project), Literature for All of Us, and Piven Theatre Workshop. Each will receive grants of $10,000 with the anticipation of renewed funding in 2015 and 2016. Grants were renewed for organizations entering their second and third years of program funding including Curt’s Café, Frances Willard Historical Association, and Warren W. Cherry Preschool (second year grantees); and Evanston Scholars, Mudlark Theatre and Next Theatre (third year grantees). Additionally, Childcare Center of Evanston was selected to receive a one-time capacity-building grant of $5,000. For the second consecutive year, ECF also awarded grants to program alumni. Four alumni organizations will receive grants for capacity-building projects including the Infant Welfare Society ($3,000), The Lilac Tree ($5,000), The Open Studio Project ($4,915) and The Recyclery ($2,000).
For more information on the root2fruit program grants, visit www.evanstonforever.org or call 847-492-0990.
Funded by the Mammel Foundation, and managed by the Evanston Community Foundation, the root2fruit program has benefited 39 organizations and awarded over $1 million in grants since its inception in 2002. Designed to build the capacity of small to mid-size nonprofits in Evanston, the program includes a combination of grants renewable for three years and mentorship for grantees. Over the years, root2fruit grantee organizations have seen significant improvement in their budgets, fundraising and development capacity, boards, and ability to build their services.
Root2fruit advisory board member Kevin Mott said, “These grants are important because they provide an opportunity to help the grantees focus on the skills and structure needed to help them achieve their goals. It’s exciting to watch the grantees learn from the experience of the Foundation staff and from each other.”
For more information on grant guidelines visit www.evanstonforever.org or contact Program Officer Rebecca Cacayuran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-492-0990.