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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. 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, the 2020 WCE Revue and the 2020 WCE Spring Benefit. The application also identifies organizations for potential Community Outreach volunteer service projects.  

Since 2000, the WCE’s Contributions Committee has designated an annual giving focus.  The Contributions Committee is proud to announce the following Giving Focus for the 2019-20 grant cycle:

The Woman’s Club of Evanston seeks grant applications from programs and organizations in Evanston, Skokie, and Rogers Park, that serve the needs of children from birth through Grade 5, and whose mission is to ensure that every child has an equitable opportunity to succeed.

The WCE’s Contributions Committee invites organizations that have programs within the scope of this giving focus, and that operate within the designated geographic area, to submit a grant application. All applicants should clearly describe how their project fits within the chosen focus area. Applications that clearly do not fit within the giving focus will not be reviewed.
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Any questions should be addressed to the WCE Contributions Committee Chair at  

Grant recipients for the 2018-2019  year were:

2018-19 Giving Focus:

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

2019 WCE Grants Recipients:

Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center: Psychosocial Rehabilitation Programming for Women. The PSR program hosts a wide range of groups for adults with severe and/or chronic symptoms of mental illness.

Howard Area Community Center: Counseling and case management for domestic violence victims and their children. Through one on one counseling and group counseling, women learn how to advocate for themselves and their children and achieve physical safety and mental stability as well as learn and act upon positive options for their lives.

Peer Services: Mental Health First Aid Project - Community action towards mental health. Mental Health First Aid for Youth teaches regular community members to respond quickly and appropriately to teens who are going through mental health or substance use-related crisis.

Books & Breakfast: Before School Program - Provides a healthy morning-meal and homework help to Evanston-Skokie School District 65 (D65) students in need of additional support.

Youth & Opportunity United (YOU): Safer Spaces and LGBTQ Clinical Support - Provides education and empowerment to youth in Evanston, Skokie, and Morton Grove. This programming fills a need for trauma-informed, gender and sexuality-conscious support among vulnerable young people.

Curt's Café: Evanston Social Service Providers - To partially fund full-time Evanston cafe social service providers who provide tools and resources promoting student mental wellness.

The Harbour: Steps to Success and Journeys Program - An educational, positive youth development curriculum that fosters school and vocational success by providing at-risk youth with instruction in a variety of both “hard” and “soft” skills, including study strategies, effective time management, and financial literacy along with self-care/wellness.

Good News Partners: Mental Health Discovery & Connections initiative - Support of residents at New Life Loft and the Jonquil Hotel with challenges related to mental illness and behavioral health with focus on the challenges of having dignified housing.

Connections for the Homeless: Health & Wellness Services -  Provide Health & Wellness Services, free of charge, to address our participants’ physical and mental health needs.

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy: Resilience Through Empowerment - Ten educational conversations (100-150 youth & families) on topics related to mental health, toxic stress, educational advocacy, legal rights, restorative justice, and violence prevention.

Center For Independent Futures: Improving Mental Wellness and Quality of Life for Individuals with Disabilities through Social Connection and Community Participation - The goal of this project is to improve the mental wellness and quality of life of ten Evanston/Rogers Park residents who are dually diagnosed with an intellectual/developmental disability and a mental illness through reducing their social isolation, loneliness and depression.

C24/7: Father's Arms Ministries: Mental Health Project for After-School Program - This program will provide group education on mental health issues, while also providing individualized care for each individual student. Students will be given general education, support, and referrals to existing community resources based on their needs.

The Cradle: Expectant Parent Counseling Services - Available at no charge to expectant parents and birthparents to provide the educational and emotional support for parents considering all their options, including adoption.

Special Gifts Theatre: Musical Theatre Program - Recreational in format, educational and therapeutic by design. Students learn to recognize and respond to emotions and actions of another person, and are guided to gain awareness of their own motives and behavior, a critically important social / emotional skill for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, especially students on the Autism spectrum.

Peer Health Exchange: Classroom Sponsorship at Chicago Math and Science Academy High School -  Deliver 14-workshop curriculum to approximately 30 9th grade students. The curriculum focuses on three content areas including mental health, substance misuse, and sexual health.

Lakeview Pantry: Food Access and Social Services - To support Lakeview Pantry's two branches of programming: Food Access and Social Services. Distribute healthy food with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables and compliment with essential social services to address issues that lead to hunger and poverty.

The Warming House Youth Center: Warming House Youth Center Support Counseling Services - Ongoing group and individual support counseling services for teens to learn how to develop personal character, improve behavioral skills, analyze situations, solve problems, build healthy relationships, and identify new opportunities for growth and change.



2020 Event Beneficiaries:

WCE Revue Beneficiary: The WCE Annual Grants Fund - Proceeds will grow the WCE Annual Grants Fund for 2021 to support multiple organizations in the community.

WCE Spring Benefit Beneficiary: The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education - Proceeds of the benefit will help jump-start a new program called Teen Mental Health Academy, which will train teens to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness in themselves, their siblings, their peers and have the knowledge and skills to access support services.

WCE One-Time Club Usage Award: The Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center - The clubhouse will be used to honor International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This event will be a supplement to the Torture Treatment Symposium.