Rotary Club of Evanston Announces Availability of Anti-Violence Grants

Funding for local organizations continues as part of “Building a More Peaceful Evanston” Initiative

(February 17, 2016 -- Evanston, IL) The Rotary Club of Evanston will extend its effort to reduce violence in the community again this year, offering grants to Evanston organizations working in partnerships that are addressing such issues as youth gang activity, bullying in schools and domestic violence. 

Recognizing the destructive impact of violence on communities, the Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund will award $3,000 community grants to fund programs supported by two or more not-for-profit organizations in Evanston partnering on programs in 2016 to combat violence in the community and to sustain a more peaceful Evanston.
The club, which began its effort in 2013, has committed close to $30,000 to date in funding for anti-violence programs.  “Multiple organizations in Evanston are working to find new ways to address the problem of violence,” said Club President Wally Bobkiewicz. “This year our Charitable Fund is interested in supporting programs that bring together the expertise and strategic efforts of organizations working as partners and in new ways to combat violence in our community.”

To be considered for a grant, organizations should demonstrate programming that discourages violence in general, including, but not limited to, programs aimed at reducing gang activity, youth bullying, adult violent-crime, or domestic violence.  The grant requires programs to be developed and administrated in partnership by two or more local organizations. 

Grant applications and more information are available at  Look for the “Apply for a Grant” link on the homepage. 

Applications must be sent by email or postmarked by April 8, 2016.

To MAIL an application, send to: Diane Claussen, Rotary Club of Evanston, P. O. Box 84, Evanston, IL 60204

To EMAIL an application, send to:

About the Rotary Club of Evanston
Founded in 1920, the Rotary Club of Evanston provides service to the community via hands-on volunteer projects and fundraising to help worthy causes. It has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for not-for-profit organizations, helping Evanston cope with pressing issues ranging from HIV/AIDS and literacy to homelessness and poverty. The club also provides scholarships, supports international aid projects and maintains the Friendship Garden in Evanston’s Ladd Arboretum for public use. 

The club’s weekly luncheon meeting is held Thursdays from 12 to 1:15 p.m. at the Rotary International building, 1560 Sherman Ave. Guests are welcome. To learn more about being a guest or becoming a member, visit