Support Grant

Application Dates: July 12 - August 12, 2021
Application Status Notification: September 14, 2021
Convening Dates: November 4, 5, 6 and November 12 & 13, 2021

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Thank you for your interest in Common Field’s 2021 Convening Support Grant Program. Our program is meant to support those who would not be able to attend the virtual Convening without financial assistance, and who plan to be able to participate in at least 2 days of the Convening.

This year, Common Field will provide 60 individual grants to support attending the virtual Convening. Each recipient will receive:

  • $250 in unrestricted funds

  • Free registration to the Convening

  • Free one-year Common Field Network membership

We welcome you to contact us with eligibility and application questions at convening [​at​] anytime during the application process.

In the meantime, feel free to review and share our Support Grant Application Questions in PDF form before heading over to the application portal.

Convening Ticketing

The 2021 Convening will offer all registrants the option of paying between $5 and $50 for a ticket as part of a sliding scale pay structure. If you feel you can support your attendance with paid registration at any level, we encourage you to register in September through our ticketing system and allow those who need additional financial support to attend to apply for these support grant funds. No one will be turned away from the Convening for lack of funds.

Who is a Support Grant for?

Support Grants are meant to support any essential financial costs that may otherwise be prohibitive to your attendance this year. This can include childcare costs, lost wages due to the time taken to attend the Convening, purchase of small technical equipment like cameras or mobile hotspots to facilitate online attendance, or other costs you may identify in this application. Individuals may request funds to support their own attendance and those of others in their household or personal space.

Support Grants can support all kinds of needs - for example:

  • Nasrin (she/her) normally cares for her child on Saturdays at her home in Hamtramck, Michigan. She is using the $250 support grant to pay for childcare, so that she can devote more attention to the working group sessions on Saturdays.
  • Toni (they/them) is a new media artist in Colorado Springs. They work as a barista for an hourly wage. Toni is using the $250 support grant to cover the lost wages from the shift they won’t be able to make because of the Convening.
  • Stephane (he/him) is based outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming. He doesn’t have broadband internet access at his home. He is using the $250 support grant to pay for a day pass to a coworking space in Cheyenne and gas money to get to and from Cheyenne.
  • Divya (she/her), a performance artist working in Yonkers, New York, also lacks good internet in her apartment. Though she has the funds in her bank account to spend right now, she is using her support grant to purchase a hotspot which will help her access the Convening so she can save her earned income to pay increased accrued debt due to loss of work over the last 15 months due to the pandemic. 

If you are unsure whether a Support Grant is right for you, please email us at convening [​at​] and we’ll be happy to talk with you!  

How are Support Grant Recipients Chosen?

All Support Grant applications will be reviewed by a jury of field professionals assessing demonstration of need, impact of funds for applicants, and desired outcomes for attending and participating.

The jury will also prioritize first-time attendees and members of underserved communities within Common Field, including those who identify as living in rural communities, low-income, part of the LGBTQI+ or BIPOC communities, independent cultural workers, caregivers, emerging professionals, and people with disabilities. The jury will take into consideration any significant impacts from COVID-19 over the last 18 months applicants may share.

Applicant Eligibility

All Network and Non-network members are welcome to apply for a Support Grant to attend this year’s Convening. The only criteria is that they plan to attend at least 2 days of the Convening. 

Application Criteria and Assessment

The Support Grant application will include a set of short-answer and multiple-choice questions.  Each applicant will be required to share contact information and a biography as well as articulate their interest in the Convening, need to attend, the impact attendance could have for them, how they plan to engage and what they hope to contribute. Optional questions in the application form include sharing any outstanding impacts from COVID-19 and sharing one’s identity. You are not required to answer the optional questions but any response offered will be considered by the jury.

Review application questions to consider via this link.