Annual Grants

The Woman’s Club of Evanston (WCE) is dedicated to community service, philanthropic work, and friendship and boasts more than 350 members from the North Shore, Chicago, and surrounding communities.  Since 1889, the WCE has had a proud history of helping support organizations that make a difference in our community.  Our commitment continued this year as we launched our solicitation in the Fall of 2016 for applications for 2017 grant awards.

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 clearly describe how their project fits within the chosen focus area.  We use the applications to identify beneficiaries for our community grants (typically $500 – $5000) as well as the recipients of our Clubhouse Usage Grant, and beneficiaries of next years WCE Revue and Spring Benefit. The application also identifies organizations for potential Community Outreach volunteer service projects.

This years giving focus: To support programs in Evanston and the surrounding communities that provide services for the homeless and those at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

This years Grant recipients are:

2018 Revue: McGaw YMCA Men’s Residence Program

Will support the McGaw Y Men’s Residence Program. The program provides affordable rental housing, supportive services and a caring community for low-income men at various stages of their lives.  This money will support men in crisis and prevent them from becoming homeless by providing additional supports to help achieve the goal of keeping these men housed in a place they call home.

2018 Spring Benefit: YWCA Bridges Longer Term Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Will fund a wide array of on-site supportive services offered to the tenants of the longer term housing for survivors of domestic abuse. This longer term housing is a 16 unit apartment building (maximum occupancy 52) that will open this year, serving individuals who are homeless and have received domestic violence services from a non-profit agency in the last 12 months.

Clubhouse Usage: Interfaith Action of Evanston  (IAE)

IAE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together those of various faiths to service people who are hungry or homeless. They work with 40 faith-based institutions and collaborate with the City of Evanston, Connections for the Homeless and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.   The support will allow IAE to hold their first dedicated fundraising event for their donors, supporters and volunteers.

2017 Community Grants:

Bundled Blessings – The grant will be used towards providing diapers for 100 children.

Connections for the Homeless The grant will be used for general operating support to clients, staffing, and support of staffing.

ESSCA – The grant will direct funds toward purchasing new clothing items for high-risk children in District 65.

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse – The grant will use the funds for its Workforce Training Expansion project.

Family Promise Chicago North Shore – The grant will provide focused outreach to families with children and support general operations

The Floured Apron – The grant will support the organization’s training program that helps women for entry into the culinary work force.

Good News Partners – The grant will be used to provide crisis shelter services to its residents.

Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center – The grant will support the services that empower survivors, help them heal from physical and psychological trauma, gain stability and rebuild their lives.

Howard Area Community Center – The grant will be used to offset general operations of the program called “Assistance for homeless clients and those at risk for homeless”.

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy – The grant will be put towards their Homeless Youth Stabilization Project.

Lawrence Hall – The grant will support the East Rogers Park Older Adolescents Transitional Living Program site.

LifeSpan – The grant will assist women and children in emergency situations by providing shelter in the event of imminent homelessness.

New Moms – The grant will be used for operational expenses for helping young moms and their children.

Sarah’s Circle – The grant will be used for general operating support and will help with costs for the daytime support center care supplies for homeless/at-risk women

Second Baptist Church – The grant will support operations of the Soup Kitchen throughout the upcoming fiscal year.

Souper Saturday/First Presbyterian Church – The grant will allow purchase of fresh meat to prepare ground beef based meals every three weeks for a year.

Y.O.U. The grant will support youth with professional attire and other resources to ensure their confidence and success at job interviews and career-related events

Next years grant application will be posted on this site in September of 2017.

If you have additional questions, please email