Evanstonians who are concerned about safety in their neighborhoods and who have ideas about what could be done to make a difference may apply for a grant through the Safer Stronger Neighborhoods initiative sponsored by Peaceable Cities: Evanston. The initiative offers support for residents’ plans and ideas about how to make their neighborhoods places for healthy choices and creative opportunities.

“We offer advice if you would like it, some technical support, and financial support up to $500 for projects created by Evanston residents that they reasonably believe and hope will make their neighborhoods safer.” said Joey Rodger, executive director of Peaceable Cities: Evanston.

Applications for grants or for other support must be submitted in the form of a letter or email and should include why the neighborhood is not as safe as it could be and how that affects the neighborhood; what can be done to make it safer; how that will be done and who will do it; a timeline; and the measures of success. Applications and questions should be sent to   joey@peaceablecitiesevanston.org or to  Peaceable Cities: Evanston, c/o Rodger, 1730 Hinman Ave. Suite 4E, Evanston, IL 60201.

 Priority consideration will be given to those which propose sustainable change that can be completed within two or three months. Some funds will be earmarked for proposals initiated by teens or young people guided by a responsible adult accountable for project and financial supervision. Any neighborhood group, organization or institution is eligible to apply, but there must be evidence that others in that neighborhood are concerned about the particular safety issue they propose to address. Preference will be given to applicants with legal standing in Illinois and/or with federal 501(c)(3) status. 

No more than 10% of the grant funds may be used for purchasing food or beverages. A final report of the project outcome and accounting of spent funds is required.

The deadline is July 25. Funding comes from the Cherry Foundation.