THE FIELD FOUNDATION makes approximately 120 grants per year across the six program areas. The following grant examples are for illustration purposes only. Please click on the options below for examples of grants under each program area.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago-based graduate school’s anti-gun violence program. A Field Foundation grant supported the school’s efforts to implement a curriculum to sensitize youth in Englewood to the consequences of gun violence. The program provided male youth, ages 12-17, with workshops and related field trips in over 30 sessions offered year-round.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago-area human service organization’s vocational training program for individuals attempting to overcome homelessness. During its first two years of operation, 120 participants completed a 13-week food service program at the organization’s social enterprise restaurant. A Field Foundation grant supported case management services associated with the organization’s comprehensive homelessness intervention model.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago-area human service organization’s efforts to expand its low-threshold emergency shelter for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, ages 18-24. A Field Foundation grant helped the organization’s shelter expand to year-round operation and supported its goals to provide 220 youth with 7,000 shelter bed nights and 10,000 meals.
Outreach: The Field Foundation supported a Chicago-based theatre company for a program that partnered Chicago youth with adults living in senior care. Both the seniors and the youth learned the practice of creating theater through a six-week introduction to theater arts. All of the participants learned to write, direct, perform and design a production which focused on learning transferable skills of literacy and creative writing. Nearly 70% of the program participants were from low-income communities.
Capital: The Field Foundation supported a Chicago museum for a capital project that brought its building up to code and aligned with the City of Chicago’s fire safety ordinance by updating and installing a modern sprinkler system.
Arts Education: The Field Foundation supported a Chicago-area media arts organization for its vocational training program for low-income teens. The program included training in media arts and emerging technologies. Teens learned about self-expression, communication, and social change. The program included two digital music production classes and two Hip Hop digital music production workshops at an alternative high school and targeted difficult to serve teens through innovative approaches that encouraged student participation and creativity.
Outreach: The Field Foundation supported a Chicago-based theatre company for a summer program that brought live theater performances to Chicago park districts sites in low-income neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Performances were accompanied by community workshops for children and adults.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago public school’s special education initiative. Approximately 21% of the open-enrollment charter school’s 480 elementary students require individualized education programs. A Field Foundation grant supported the school’s efforts to expand the role of its special education manager to a year-round staff position.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago public high school’s academic support program. A Field Foundation grant funded the charter school’s efforts to provide one-on-one educational support and guidance to its 450 male students after school and on Saturdays. The academic support program assisted with the school’s goal to maintain a 100% graduation rate and create opportunities for enrollment in selective colleges and universities.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago public school’s efforts to develop an individualized support program for students who are academically and/or socially behind their peers. A Field Foundation grant supported the open-enrollment Montessori school’s hiring of an education consultant to develop the program and train staff.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago public school’s one-year urban education fellowship initiative. The fellowship initiative paired ten recent college graduates with elementary school students to provide academic guidance, mentoring, and relationship-building. A Field Foundation grant supported salary and related expenses for the fellowship program’s director.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago-based environmental organization in its efforts to convert Chicago public schoolyards from impervious asphalt to sustainable spaces that provide opportunities for recreation, outdoor learning, and environmental literacy with sustainable green infrastructure. The grant was able to support staff expenses to coordinate the transformation of schoolyards across the city by working with principals, community members and teachers to create sustainable places to play.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago environmental organization for its high school based curriculum about the Great Lakes. This included lesson plans focusing on habitat restoration, public stewardship, environmental careers, invasive species prevention, and climate change education. The grant supported the education director to work with Chicago Public Schools to institutionalize the curriculum and to train teachers on how to integrate the curriculum into their lesson plans and field trips.
The Field Foundation helped support a Chicago-based community health provider with construction of a new health center in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. A Field Foundation grant supported the cost of the environmentally sustainable features of the new center which included a geothermal HVAC system and solar photovoltaic panels. The Rogers Park federally qualified health center achieved a LEED Platinum rating.
The Field Foundation helped support a local community health clinic with a capital grant to support the renovation of its health center in the Austin community. A Field Foundation grant helped support improvements to the space including new flooring, updating patient rooms and the waiting room with new paint, a new awning, and allowed the purchase of additional medical supplies.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago-area nonprofit organization’s efforts to establish restorative justice hubs in four Chicago neighborhoods. A Field Foundation grant supported the coordination and training of community partners to facilitate peacemaking circles with juvenile probationers, family members, and other concerned stakeholders as an evidence-based alternative to juvenile incarceration.
The Field Foundation supported a workers’ rights organization’s initiative to eliminate wage theft and labor rights violations on Chicago’s northwest side. A Field Foundation grant supported the organization’s efforts to educate 150 domestic workers on their rights to fair compensation, safe workplaces, and freedom from harassment.
The Field Foundation supported a Chicago-area nonprofit organization’s efforts to bring experiential leadership development training opportunities to senior women in Chicago. A Field Foundation grant supported the organization’s year-long program to train twelve women in legislative and administrative policy advocacy processes.
Emergency Need: A request for a contractor and the repair of a roof as a result of snow accumulation that led to a collapse of the organization's roof and consequently led to the cessation of programming.
Small Discrete Project: Hiring short-term program staff to assist the organization with a unique opportunity or program.
Technical Assistance: To hire an outside consultant to work with the organization on a short term project such as strategic planning.
*All requests for the ETA program should be preceded by a phone call to the Foundation program staff to determine eligibility.