Recognizing the destructive impact of hateful speech and intolerance on communities, and particularly its significantly harmful impact on youth, the Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund is turning its attention to this issue with its annual request for local grant proposals. The Charitable Fund will award community grants of $500 to $2,500 this year to local organizations interested in addressing the issue through innovative programming.

Byline Bank, Hagerty Consulting, NorthShore University HealthSystem and Romano Brothers & Co. Wealth Management are supporting this year’s grants.

Applicants must demonstrate programming intended to reduce the impacts of hateful speech, cultural insensitivity or intolerance among children, while promoting youth communities characterized by tolerance, empathy and respect for diversity.

Applications and more information are available at www.evanstonrotary.org, under “Our Charitable Fund.” Completed applications may be submitted by email toRCEvanston@gmail.com or sent by U.S. mail to: Rotary Club of Evanston, P.O. Box 84, Evanston, IL, 60204. The deadline is May 10.