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. Please contact the Field Foundation to clarify and confirm eligibility. (If a for-profit organization under Media & Storytelling is applying, please see link)

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 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.