Annual Grants

Apply for a Grant

Since 1889, The Woman’s Club of Evanston (WCE) has had a proud history of helping support organizations that make a difference in our community and that commitment continues this year as we launch our solicitation for grant applications. The WCE is dedicated to community service, philanthropic work, and friendship and boasts more than 350 members from the North Shore, Chicago and surrounding communities.

Annually, our club raises approx. $125,000 – $150,000 and contributes more than 15,000 volunteer hours for local organizations.

Each year, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Evanston and surrounding communities are invited to submit grant applications to The Woman’s Club of Evanston. Since 2000, the WCE’s Contributions Committee has designated an annual funding focus. All applicants should clearly describe how their project fits within the chosen focus area.  For the 2016-2017 application cycle, the funding focus is as follows:

The WCE is accepting grant applications to support programs in Evanston and the surrounding communities
that provide services for the homeless and those at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

We will use the applications to identify beneficiaries for our community grants (typically $500 – $5000) as well as the recipients  of our Clubhouse Usage Grant, the 2018 Revue, and the 2018 Spring Benefit. The application also identifies organizations for potential Community Outreach volunteer service projects.   


If you have additional questions, please email 

Applications are due at the Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Avenue Evanston IL by Wednesday, November 16, 2016, by 5pm CST.

The 2016 grant recipients were:

2017 WCE Revue Beneficiary
Literature for All of Us will use the show’s proceeds to fund their new expansions and ongoing collaborative programs. Their mission is to bring the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen parents and other underserved individuals.

2017 Spring Benefit Beneficiary
Peer Health Exchange will use the proceeds from the Spring Benefit to fund a complete program with two partner high schools in Rogers Park: Roger C. Sullivan High School and Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA) allowing them to serve the entire freshman cohort at both schools (293 students).

Clubhouse Usage
Connections for the Homeless will host their annual Guest Speaker Luncheon at the clubhouse. The event brings in donations, provides a public policy speaker, and gives an annual update about the organization.

Annual Community Grants

Angles for Sexual Health, Identity, and Education (LINKS)– The grant will support activities in the Pride Youth Program. Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center- The funds will provide support to bereaved children and their families.

Books and Breakfast– The grant will help launch a new Books and Breakfast program at Lincolnwood Elementary. Books and Breakfast provides a nutritious breakfast and academic support to low-income students.

ESCCA (Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association)– The grant will provide funds for new shoes and clothing for kindergartners.

Evanston Scholars– The grant will provide additional funding for ACT preparation. In the past, this ACT preparation course has increased scores three points on average.

Family Promise Chicago North Shore– The grant will fund focused outreach to homeless families with children.

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights– This grant will expand medical care, mental health services, and social work opportunities to survivors of torture.

Holy Spirit Life Learning Center– The grant will support the Domestic Abuse Program, which includes both awareness and education.

Howard Area Community Center– The grant will support the youth after school program. In this program, students will explore issues relating to discrimination, gang activity, and violence.

Interfaith Action of Evanston– Funds will support warming centers, soup kitchens, overnight shelters, hospitality centers, and delivery of fresh produce.

McGaw YMCA– Funds will aid the MetaMedia Youth Center. MetaMedia is a fun, engaging youth space that fosters creative opportunities and connected learning.

Open Communities– The grant will help Justice Project Phase 3, which involves support from a community organizer, communications director, and advocacy director.

RefugeeOne– The grant will help fund services to mentor and tutor refugees. The mentorship program helps refugees with everything from learning how to ride public transportation to grocery shopping.

The Floured Apron– The grant will assist their baking and food preparation curriculum for low-income women.

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy– The grant will support families with special needs and disabled children. Specifically, the grant will help them advocate for their children at local schools.

Y.O.U. (Youth Opportunities United)– The grant will help sponsor Diverse Communities United (DCU), a community-wide celebration held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore – Funds will aid racial justice programs such as Let’s Talk at Lunch, Stand Against Racism Day, and the Racial Justice Summit.