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At a public event at the King Home on May 26, the Evanston Community Foundation announced $200,500 in responsive grants to 28 organizations and programs selected from among 64 proposals submitted. The Foundation’s grants will support a broad range of work in community development, early childhood education, access to arts, family support and counseling, housing, seniors, workforce development and at-risk youth.

“The Foundation’s grants are characterized by a sharp focus on projects and programs that demonstrate the potential to have a significant and sustainable positive impact even after the grant period ends,” said Sara Schastok, president and CEO of Evanston Community Foundation.

The recipients of the awards are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Center for Independent Futures, Warren W. Cherry Preschool, Child Care Center of Evanston, Childcare Network of Evanston, Children’s Home + Aid, Connections, Erie Family Health Center, Inc., Evanston History Center, Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA), Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association (ESSCA), Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association, Evanston/Skokie School D65 School Age Child Care, The Family Room, Grandmother Park Initiative, The Harbour, Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., LIFT-Evanston, James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, North Shore Senior Center, Northlight Theatre, Open Studio Project, PEER Services, Inc., Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago, Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella), Youth Job Center of Evanston, and YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

 At the grant awards event, Scott Ritter and Kunal Joshi, co-chairs of Northwestern Univeristy’s Dance Marathon 2012, announced that the Evanston Community Foundation will be the secondary beneficiary of the student organization’s fundraising for the 15th consecutive year.

Information about specific grants awarded in this cycle is available at evanstonroundtable.com.