The Field Foundation’s Justice portfolio seeks to support organizations working to address the root causes of inequity and systemic racism through community organizing, advocacy, and policy.

This looks like community organizing campaigns on South and West Sides and communities of color driven by the community that challenges the status quo, demands changes in policy and practice, educates communities about root causes, and advocates for systemic and just solutions. The portfolio seeks to support organizations located in these communities engaging community members directly impacted by the inequities.


Field has prioritized several focus areas, including housing, immigration, and systems impacted by justice reform. While the Justice portfolio is interested in supporting and funding organizations working in these focus areas, we want to learn from communities addressing other critical issues and encourage applicants to organize and advocate outside of these issue areas.


We prioritize capacity building and sustainability of grassroots organizing. This includes organizations and collectives working toward leadership development to collectively build and advance racial justice, political education, root-cause analysis, and narrative change.

Priority organizations:

  • Heat Map Communities
  • Communities of Color


  1. Equitable neighborhood development / Housing: Address structural racism and the root causes of housing issues to chronic neighborhood disinvestment.
  2. Immigration: Support advocacy for the rights of immigrants and refugees for full and equal civic, economic, social, and political participation
  3. Systems Impacted Justice Reform: Address the criminalization of ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) communities and work to advance community reinvestment strategies that help people stay out of the criminal justice system.
  4. Grassroots Community Organizing for Racial Justice:  Empower people impacted by systemic inequity to organize as a collective, driven by community challenging the status quo, demanding changes in policy and practice, educating communities about root causes, and advocating for systemic and equitable solutions.


 Things to remember:

  • Field’s Heat Map and ALAANA priorities.
  • Field is committed to supporting organizations strongly rooted in local communities to identify root causes of inequity.
  • We fund organizations working to address problems at a systemic and policy level.

Areas not funded:

  • Direct services to individuals, families, or communities.
  • Capital campaigns.
  • Schools or programs for schools.
  • Social services that are not linked to a clear organizing strategy.