How much money does the foundation award in grants?

The Foundation makes approximately $2.7 million in grants per year.

What is the average size grant awarded?

Grant requests are typically in the range of $15,000 to $50,000

Can a for profit organization apply for a grant?

No. Qualified 501(c) (3) organizations are preferred, however, in Media & Storytelling for-profits may be eligible if grants are used for charitable or educational purposes that further the underlying issues addressed by Field’s Media and Storytelling grantmaking.

Is a 501(c)(3) designation required when applying for a grant?

While a 501(c)(3) designation is preferred, the organization may on occasion partner with a 501(c)(3) as its fiscal agent or fiscal sponsor. Please contact a Field Foundation program officer to clarify and confirm eligibility. (If a for-profit organization under Media & Storytelling is applying, please see link)

What is the difference between a fiscal agent and sponsor?

The term “Fiscal Sponsor” is often used loosely and interchangeably used with the term “Fiscal Agent”. The terms do not mean the same thing.

Fiscal sponsorship typically involves a 501(c)(3) organization (the “fiscal sponsor”) providing financial or other support to a project that does not have its 501(c)(3) status (the “sponsored project” or “project”).

The term “Fiscal Agency” typically involves one entity (the “fiscal agent”) acting as the legal agent of another entity (the “principal”).

The Field Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry from both Fiscal Agents and Sponsors— please contact a Field Foundation Program Officer to discuss.

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Does the Field Foundation accept paper copies of letters of inquiry and proposals?

Yes. If you are unable to submit your LOI or proposal via our online platform, we will work with you to submit hard copies of your forms. In this case, please contact a program officer before submitting an LOI.

Does the Foundation make grants to individuals?

No. The Foundation does, however, make 10-15 annual awards to individuals through its Leaders for a New Chicago award program.

Does the Foundation require a letter of inquiry?

Yes. Your LOI should be submitted via our online portal. After all LOIs have been submitted, we will open the full proposal to selected organizations.

Does the Foundation make grants for direct service?

The Foundation only makes grants for direct service under our Art program area.

What geographical areas does the Foundation support?

The Foundation supports institutions and agencies primarily serving the people of Chicago. Our funding breakdown by community can be found here, or in our guidelines.

How often may I apply for a grant?

An organization can submit only one proposal per cycle and may only receive one grant every twelve months.

Are grants renewable?

Grants are renewable through separate requests annually.