Grants

Bessie-Rhodes-kids-2Foundation 65 Grantmaking

Foundation 65 exists to support public education and seeks to improve the quality of Evanston schools, the achievement of high standards, and the edcation experience for our students.

F65 Purpose – Foundation 65 exists to support the arts and/or literacy experience of K- 8 students in schools within District 65 in Evanston/Skokie, IL.   The Foundation strives to add value to the education experience of the students through responsible grant making and by engaging the family and the community on their behalf.

Core Programs –  As an independent operating foundation, Foundation 65 raises funds and makes grants to the schools and to organizations.

Goals –  Foundation 65 views “arts” as any product of human creativity and “literacy” as any activity that involves reading and writing.  Through focused arts and literacy based programs, Foundation 65 strives to…

  • Promote active student participation
  • Complement District 65 arts and literacy goals
  • Support students during key transition years

Grant making principles

Foundation 65 gives priority consideration to funding programs that support one or more of the following:

  1. Community engagement as part of implementation
  2. All kids and all schools, or the potential to support all kids and all schools over time
  3. Exploring multiple-school and multiple-teacher collaborations
  4. Exploring possibilities of replicable programming
  5. Reaching out to families and the community for their involvement in arts/literacy projects
  6. Linking literacy and the arts
  7. Complement/support D65’s ongoing work toward racial and educational equity

Foundation 65 provides funding in the following ways:

Responsive Grants (one year grants)

Responsive Grant proposals are focused on supporting teachers’ work within our schools.  In the past, teachers have started projects like Evanston Speaks, a spoken word program for middle schools students, and the Equity Site Concert, a social justice focused orchestra event.  Grant proposals can help fund in school initiatives or afterschool programs focused on arts and/or literacy.  Grant proposals should align with the criteria above.  Applicants are welcome to contact our offices to discuss project ideas before submitting a proposal.  Grant proposals may be submitted electronically or via mail to the Executive Director at the Foundation 65 offices.    

  • Application deadline is February 22, 2019
  • Funding is limited to up to $3,000 per project
  • Successful applicants will be notified in May
  • Approved programs will receive funding the following July

Applications should be mailed to Foundation 65, PO Box 750, Evanston, IL 60204 and/or e-mailed to [email protected].

Questions can be directed to 847-637-7193

F65 Grant Application Form.ResponsiveGrants2019 (word)

F65 Grant Application Form.ResponsiveGrants2019(pdf)

Community Engagement Grants

Community Engagement Grants are single year OR multi-year grants that are targeted to reach a broader audience – affecting as many students and/or schools as possible in the designated time frame. These grants must meet one or more of the criteria detailed in Foundation 65’s Purpose, Core Programs and Goals, and relate to our Grant Making Principles, as listed above. They are also required to encourage community involvement as part of their implementation.

For Community Engagement Grants, Foundation 65 asks all interested applicants to contact our offices to discuss project ideas.

Proposals for these grants may only be submitted by invitation. 

Strategic Grants

Strategic Grants are multi-year grants focusing on achieving a specific outcome. These grants must be targeted to reach a broader audience – affecting as many students and/or schools as possible in the designated time frame and are expected to meet the criteria of at least one of Foundation 65’s Purpose, Core Programs and Goals, and relate to our Grant Making Principles, as detailed above. They must also demonstrate an investment in district-wide change and improvement in education.

For Strategic Grants, Foundation 65 asks all interested applicants to contact our offices to discuss project ideas.

Proposals for these grants may only be submitted by invitation. 

Review process

The Foundation 65 Program Committee will review all proposals and provide funding recommendations to the Board of Directors.  After initial review of a proposal, additional information may be requested.  Final funding decisions are made by the Foundation 65 Board.

Applicants who do not meet criteria for funding will receive notice from the Foundation 65 office.  Applicants may re-apply after criteria are met.

Responsibilities of grantees

All grantees are responsible for submitting a final evaluation at the end of the

program/project.  Multi-year programs will be required to submit annual updates.

Additionally, grantees are asked to submit photos, student work, anecdotal information and testimonials at the end of the project.  It is the responsibility of the grantee to ensure that a media consent form for all submitted photos of students and student work is on file at District 65.