The Field Foundation supported a Chicago environmental justice organization for its advocacy work aimed at enacting new policies for a major energy plant that led to a cleaner diesel fleet. This effort was important for the surrounding majority Latino community and specifically for the nearby elementary school. The grant supported a community organizer to develop leadership and advocacy skills for mothers from the elementary school most impacted by the energy plant.

This organization aligns with our funding as it is a community-based organization working with neighbors on everything from environmental reform to increasing the living wage and promoting local hiring. Working within the community on these systemic issues is a critical component of our strategy.


The Field Foundation supported a partnership whose mission is to preserve and improve Chicago’s subsidized housing stock.  This organization is a coalition of several community organizing groups focused on Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) transparency, and creating more affordable housing throughout the city of Chicago. With Field Foundation support, the organization has documented serious problems within CHA, and used that documentation to achieve several changes. Some of these changes are the production of quarterly reports at CHA and increased media attention on the lack of affordable housing.  The Field Foundation’s grant supported hiring a second staff person to coordinate the activities of the campaign.

This organization aligns with our funding as it supports a coalition of community organizing groups working on creating accountability and transparency within local politics thereby increasing the systems of affordable housing for those in need of it.


The Field Foundation supported a visual arts education program and center serving low-income elementary and high school students on the South Side of Chicago. The center is open five days a week and all programs are free of charge to participants. The program serves over 3,000 youth annually through its studio and school programs, where arts programming is needed to supplement the academic curriculum. The organization also connects teaching artists from South Chicago to classroom teachers to assist youth with visual arts skills, college applications, and art portfolios. The Field Foundation grant supported expansion of the organization’s visual arts programs such as funding for new staff and teaching artists. The funding also supported building operating and moving expenses for their new building.

This organization aligns with our funding as it is investing in local creativity, artists, and cultural activities. It works to bring art education to communities that are commonly divested in, helping to spark cultural identity within those communities.


The Field Foundation supported a Chicago theater company that is explicitly dedicated to advocating for Asian and Middle Eastern Americans through the arts. The theater company provides mentoring and professional opportunities to artists of diverse backgrounds, partners with school and community organizations to provide arts education, and promotes community discourse on race and equity that is a direct response to combat increased xenophobia and bridge cultural gaps. The support of the Field Foundation is helping to expand this program to the Southside and Westside communities of Chicago.

This organization aligns with our funding as it is set in a community and is by, for and about that community. It works to bring people together, to add to cultural identity and to invest largely in community needs beyond the gallery walls.


The Field Foundation supported a Black-owned, digital media platform that produces news stories, short docu-films, and hosts live events that all seek to challenge racial and ageist stereotypes. The content produced centers on Chicago communities, neighborhoods and residents that have been historically overlooked by the mainstream media. The organization focuses on shaping and grooming new voices by offering them training, mentoring and an opportunity to have their work shared widely. In addition, the website offers its content to the public freely, without enforcing paid subscriptions, so that the information is accessible.

The funding helped support public screenings of the organization’s documentaries and the enhancement of their web platform.

The organization aligns with our funding because it elevates African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) journalists, photojournalists, filmmakers and storytellers to support narratives by, for and about ALAANA communities.


The Field Foundation supported a newly developed, nonprofit, community news organization that is dedicated to writing and producing hyper-local stories about Chicago neighborhoods. This online news organization focuses on ground-level, grassroots news produced by reporters and writers embedded in the neighborhoods they cover. Rather than focus on stories of violence and despair, this digital news organization balances the narrative by providing stories about the full communities – stories with a broad and inclusive perspective and scope.

The funding supported making the management of the news organization’s staff more reflective of the communities it serves by covering part of the salary of a decision-making editor who identifies as African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA).

The organization aligns with our funding because it is dedicated to telling stories about ALAANA communities and is seeking to promote inclusion and equity in its hiring and promotions.


The Field Foundation provided the underwriting of a nonprofit leader within one of Chicago’s premier leadership programs. The 10-month program immerses promising leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors in the socioeconomic issues facing Chicago. The fellowship allows leaders to explore complex urban issues, improve their analytic skills, and build a community that will then allow them to return to their organizations and effect meaningful change throughout the city. In this case, the organization must apply for the grant on behalf of a preselected individual.

This organization aligns with our funding as it is a robust leadership development program that often appeals to nonprofit leaders in the justice and art realm, but many cannot afford the costs. We believe that having leaders from the justice and art realms make these programs stronger and help build the social capital and resources of nonprofit leaders.