Field Foundation’s Art portfolio provides one-time grants to arts organizations and collectives doing culturally anchored, community-centered, and justice-driven work in the Chicago area. We seek proposals created with and led by artists and residents who are directly impacted by historical and systemic injustice, disinvestment, and disempowerment.


We support organizations that demonstrate deep understanding and commitment to the needs, cultures, and values of the communities and neighborhoods that experience substantial racial inequity, emphasizing Chicago’s South Side, West Side, and South suburbs.


We seek proposals focused on artist-led solutions, community care efforts, cultural advocacy, artist-led community organizing, creative jobs, operational experiments, and building capacity for homegrown organizations within their communities. This includes efforts to maintain or develop artist-run spaces, solidarity economies, community networks, and operational styles that encourage self-determination, collective leadership, autonomy, and align with community-identified needs, culture, and values.


  1. Organizations and collectives headquartered in Chicago’s South, West, Southwest, Southeast neighborhoods, and suburbs.
  2. Organizations that use collective leadership styles, cooperative models, and practice the values and strategies of solidarity economies.
  3. Organizations seeking to rethink, experiment with, or pilot new approaches to nonprofit operating and business models.
  4. Organizations seeking support for capacity building efforts and plans with a clear sketch for how those efforts will be sustained.
  5. Neighborhood-based space-making, space-keeping and amenity improvement efforts.
  6. Longterm projects that are part of larger neighborhood and community initiatives.
  7. Organizations with budgets near or under $500,000 (There are always exceptions and this does not apply to organizations acting as fiscal sponsors or fiscal agents on a proposal).
  8. Organizations, collectives, and projects have not received an Art grant from Field Foundation within the past two years.


Field does not fund:

  • K-12 arts education, in-school, after-school, and out-of-school programs, and projects.
  • Stand-alone exhibitions, plays, festivals, performances, murals, or public art projects.
  • Individual artist projects.

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