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The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) is now accepting grant applications for its root2fruit grants. For the 15th consecutive year, the Foundation will make up to three new grants of up to $10,000 each. Grants will be for the 2017 calendar year, and each grant award is renewable for two additional years for a maximum total award of $30,000.

Made possible through a partnership with the Mammel Foundation, root2fruit is a capacity-building program that includes not only renewable three-year grants but also mentorship for grantees. Since 2003, root2fruit has benefited 45 small and mid-size organizations serving Evanston. Participation in root2fruit has helped build their long-term sustainability by improving board effectiveness, fundraising capacity, and business practices.

“Root2fruit is about more than money,” said Marybeth Schroeder, ECF Vice President for Programs. “We’ve seen tremendous growth in grantee organizations that benefit from technical assistance as well as funding. This growth means they can serve Evanston better.” Grant recipients and members of an advisory board made up of experienced nonprofit executives and board members work with grantees to build a learning community through regular focused grantee meetings.

Applications are due by midnight Oct. 10. The Foundation uses eGrant, and the root2fruit application and guidelines may be found at evanstoncf.egrant.net.

Anyone wishing more information may contact Ms. Schroeder at schroeder@evanstonforever.org.