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Community Building Grants

Learn how we can help you help your community

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For more detailed information about the guidelines, please CLICK HERE

For the online application, CLICK HERE

Community Building Grants support individuals and groups who want to make their local communities better places to live and raise families. Local communities might be just one block or a larger neighborhood area or a group of community members who have shared experiences.

World of Women (WOW).  One grant funded in January sought to bring black and brown mothers together for support, to share information and ideas, and to get a relief from the everyday stresses of being mothers.  Each session is focused around a theme—such as self-care or kindergarten readiness, each designed to share useful information, but more importantly to offer community to mothers that may feel isolated or overwhelmed on their own.  The group has grown exponentially by word of mouth, clearly filling a void that exists in our community.

Another grant from our first round of grantmaking supported Purple Line Adventure Play to provide pop-up adventure playgrounds in south Evanston.  These playgrounds bring various “loose parts” (such as cardboard boxes, tape, fabric, chalk, tires, rope, etc.) to a park and invite children to play. These play events give children space, time, and permission to play the way they want, while being supported by trained adults who will say “yes” to their ideas.

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Community Building Grants can range from $100 to $1000 to support projects and ideas that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, and help make Evanston a place that helps children and their families.

The project has to be free, accessible, and welcoming to all. Groups can’t charge entrance fees, request donations, or fundraise.