The Ridgeville Foundation now offers the Idea Box, a way to participate in strengthening the south Evanston community. Recognizing the potential for creative programming in the Ridgeville community to complement and enhance existing park district programs, the Foundation Board set up the Idea Box to allow local residents to make suggestions to the Ridgeville Foundation about events, programs, or projects. The Idea Box will provide a platform for these creative ambitions to be voiced.

Although the Foundation has limited funds available to disperse, it is committed to partnering with individuals to help them mobilize grass roots support for their idea. The scope of proposals may range from $500 to $10,000. It all depends on what level of community support can be generated to support the initiative. Projects could range in scale from a simple mural to a full blown festival.

 Interested applicants can submit their idea at ridgevillefoundation.org/ideabox. Anyone can apply, but all proposals should specify that the event/program/project will take place in the Ridgeville Park District community, which encompasses seven parks and two community buildings.

 Applications are received on a rolling basis, however batches of applications will be reviewed by the Foundation board members once in the spring and in the fall. Applicants are encouraged to submit by May 30 to have their project reviewed this spring.