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The Evanston Community Foundation will invite Evanston non-profit organizations to apply for an ENDOW NOW (Evanston Non-profits Develop Organizational Wealth Now) endowment-building challenge grant in celebration of the Foundation’s 25th  anniversary in 2012. ENDOW NOW will award $5,000 matching grants to the first five Evanston non-profits that qualify.

Eligible for the ENDOW NOW endowment-building challenge are Evanston-based non-profits with a track record of organizational stability and sustainability that do not already have endowments at the Evanston Community Foundation. Prospective grantees must show evidence of an endowment building plan to meet or exceed a required $15,000 opening fund balance and submit plans to continue development of the fund as an integral part of their organizational stability.

Applications will be accepted now through Sept. 30 or until all funds have been committed. Proposals will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Grant guidelines and application materials are available at