THE FIELD FOUNDATION awards grants to organizations working in the fields of Justice, Art, Media & Storytelling, and Leadership Investment. We primarily fund work being done to serve the people of Chicago with a focus on communities commonly divested in.

The Foundation accepts letters of inquiry (LOI) three times a year in advance of our Board of Director meetings. Typically grants range in size from $10,000-$50,000. For more information on how to apply, please review the Frequently Asked Questions: Application section on this site. To begin your application click here.

Details on the Leaders for a New Chicago Award, including nomination process, nomination requirements, eligibility rules, deadline information and access to the nomination portal can be found here.


Winter Cycle : LOI portal opens August 15 and closes September 15.

Spring Cycle: LOI portal opens December 15 and closes January 15.

Fall Cycle: LOI portal opens April 15 and closes May 15.

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In order to begin the application process, all organizations must create an account on our online portal. Once they have created the account, they will be able to access current grant applications and apply for future grants.

The Field Foundation awards grants THREE TIMES A YEAR. The application process begins with the online submission of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) outlining the proposed project. Dates for LOI submissions can be found here (link). The LOI must be submitted via our online portal. All fields must be complete for LOIs to be considered. The program officer reviews the LOIs and determines which projects can be moved forward for site visits and board review.

If invited, the applicants will go on to submit a full application. Once the application is submitted, the internal application process begins. Program officers will then conduct site visits to selected projects. After conducting site visits, the program officers will make funding recommendations to the Field Foundation board. All projects not receiving funding will be sent a letter of decline.


  • The Field Foundation of Illinois primarily offers funding to 501(c)(3) organizations. Requests for support that are outside of a traditional 501(c)(3) model may be considered but should be discussed with Field Foundation staff before submitting a proposal.
  • Support for capital grants should be discussed with Field Foundation staff before submitting a proposal.