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Annual Grants 

The Woman’s Club of Evanston (WCE) is a philanthropic and community service organization with an over 125-year history of giving time and energy to organizations that make a difference in our community. Annually, our organization donates more than 5,000 volunteer hours of direct service to the community and raises more than $100,000 for charitable causes.

Each year, the Woman’s Club of Evanston invites nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Evanston and surrounding communities to submit applications for funding of a specific annual giving focus. All applicants should clearly describe how their project fits within the chosen focus area. For the 2023-2024 application cycle, the funding focus is as follows:

The Woman’s Club of Evanston seeks grant applications from organizations with programs that promote physical wellness and emotional well-being, focused on but not limited to teens and seniors, in Evanston and the surrounding communities. 

Types of Funding: In 2023-2024 The Woman’s Club of Evanston offers the types of support outlined below. Organizations may apply for multiple types of funding:

2023-2024 Community Grants: Community grants typically range in size from $500 to $5,000 (the average grant amount is $1,250) and will be distributed in May 2024.

2025 WCE Revue Beneficiary: The WCE Revue is a variety show developed from June 2024-January 2025, rehearsed from January-March, and performed in March 2025. It is written, directed and produced by WCE members, beneficiary participants, and invited guests. The WCE Revue historically raises between $20,000 and $30,000. Funds will be distributed in June of 2025.

2025 WCE Spring Benefit Beneficiary: This fundraising event is run by the WCE to complement and further the mission of the beneficiary. The event is planned from June 2024 to March 2025 and is held in April or May 2025. The WCE Spring Benefit historically raises over $30,000. Funds are distributed in July of 2025.

2024-2025 WCE Clubhouse One-Time Usage Award: The WCE donates the use of the clubhouse for one day or evening event with all WCE usage fees waived, excluding the refundable damage deposit which will be the responsibility of the grant recipient. The award is non-transferable and is forfeited if not used. The event must be scheduled and contracted with the WCE for a mutually agreed upon day occurring within 12 months of date of grant. Date restrictions are detailed in section VI. Please note that catering, grounds crew, set-up, and other costs associated with holding the event are NOT included.

The WCE Grant Application will provide more detail about the application process and deadlines.

2023-2024 WCE Grant Application

About The Woman’s Club of Evanston:  Founded in 1889, The Woman’s Club of Evanston (WCE) is a nonprofit organization of nearly 300 women from the North Shore and beyond who are dedicated to community service, philanthropic work, and friendship.