The Rotary Club of Evanston will extend its effort to reduce violence in the community again this year, offering grants to Evanston organizations that are addressing such issues as youth gang activity, bullying in schools and domestic violence. 

Recognizing the destructive impact of violence on communities, the Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund will award several community grants to local organizations in 2015 that are using innovative programming to create sustainable change. “Building a More Peaceful Evanston” grants range from $500 to $2,500.

Rotary began its effort in 2013, and has committed approximately $20,000 to date in funding for anti-violence programs. “Multiple organizations in Evanston are working to find new ways to address the problem of violence,” said Club President Paul Larson. “Our Charitable Fund is there to support and encourage them.”

To be considered for a grant, organizations should demonstrate programming that discourages violence in general, including, but not limited to, programs aimed at reducing gang activity, youth bullying, adult violent-crime, or domestic violence. Programs aimed generally at building more peaceful communities through better understanding and greater tolerance will also be considered. 

In addition to its funding of grants between $500 and $2,500, the club will also make available a special grant of $5,000 this year, aimed specifically at the issue of youth violence in Evanston.

Grant applications and information is available at www.evanstonrotary.org or  at 847-424-5314.

Mailed applications must be sent by email or postmarked by April 10 to Tracy Tebear, Rotary Club of Evanston, P.O. Box 84, Evanston, IL 60204 or traceytebear@rotary.org.