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Annual Grants

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 nearly 400 members from the North Shore, Chicago, and surrounding communities.  Annually, our organization donates thousands of volunteer hours of direct service to the community and raises between $125,000 and $150,000 for charitable causes.

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 2018-2019 application cycle, the funding focus is as follows:

The Woman’s Club of Evanston supports organizations providing tools and resources promoting mental wellness for individuals and families by offering empowerment and education.

Applications are used to identify beneficiaries of our community grants (typically $1,000 – $5,000) as well as the recipients for our Clubhouse Usage Grant and the 2020 WCE Revue. The application also identifies organizations for potential Community Outreach volunteer service projects.  

The WCE’s Contributions Committee invites organizations with a focus or project fitting within the chosen focus area to submit a grant application.  If you have additional questions, please email 

The deadline to apply for a grant expired on November 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Next year’s grant application will be posted on this site in September of 2019.

If you have additional questions, please email

Grant recipients for the past year were:

2019 Revue: Girls Play Sports

Proceeds will be used to fund capacity building for the organization to expand the reach of programs that help foster leadership skills and build confidence for elementary, middle school, and teen girls.  

2019 Spring Benefit: The Woman’s Club of Evanston

Proceeds will be used to support our home and the vital role it plays furthering our work for the community.  

Clubhouse Usage: Evanston Work Ethic Program

Use of the clubhouse will extend post-secondary support to all students with a passion for career/tech goals by hosting a collaborative event for young women in Evanston that highlights job and career pathways specifically for females. 

2018 Community Grants:

Beyond the Baby Blues - Will provide for therapy groups and support for new moms and their babies. 

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois - The grant provides funding of the Girls Hope Scholars for the 2018-19 school year. 
Center for Independent Futures– Will provide a workshop for parents/educators on sexuality/violence prevention for women with disabilities. 

Evanston Township High School Health Center - Proceeds will provide funding for Wellkits Girls' Group Empowerment Lunches. 

The Floured Apron - The grant will underwrite the hands-on training and work placement assistance programs for women. 

Holy Spirit Life Learning Center - Proceeds will provide basic sewing skills for 30 weeks to women so they can help provide for themselves and their families. 

Howard Area Community Center– The grant will provide funding for its Domestic Violence Program that provides counseling, crisis management, and more to women and their families.  

Institute for Psychoanalysis/Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center - Proceeds will be used to provide grief counseling and therapy to low-income children and families.  

Interfaith Action of Evanston - The grant will support the Women's Employment program to supply appropriate attire and personal grooming assistance to women seeking employment. 

The Lilac Tree - The grant will support and expand the Mentorship-Volunteer Client Outreach Program to match mentors with clients.

Northlight Theatre - The grant will fund the Speak Up program at Evanston middle schools.  This program addresses issues impacting young women and their community, providing for them to be empowered to use their voices to speak up. 
Open Studio Project - The grant will provide therapeutic art services to at-risk young women of Curt's Cafe South. 
She is Code - The grant will support byte-sized hackathons that teach middle and high school girls how to turn ideas into real applications. 

Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center - The grant will be used to support their Psychosocial Rehabilitation group for women. 

Youth Organization Umbrella, Inc. (Y.O.U.) - The grant will provide middle-school youth with anti-bullying and relationship-building programming with their Healthy Relationships Initiative.