Field Grants: How to Apply


Field Grants provide support to ideas that generate exchange, connection, and thinking on arts organizing projects and practices. In 2018, Common Field awarded 9 Field Grants of $1,000 each through two rounds with deadlines in the spring (May 23, 2018) and the fall (October 3, 2018). To learn more about the funded projects, read about them on our website. Common Field seeks to facilitate the development and distribution of knowledge and a growing understanding and value of the artist organization field through this and our other programs.

Field Grants has supported 20 projects since its inception in 2016. Learn more about the most recent funded projects in the Projects section of the Common Field website.


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2018 GUIDELINES (for reference)

Field Grants provide up to $1000 to support learning, exchange and connection within the artist organization field. Common Field seeks to strengthen our network through the sharing of knowledge across the US and beyond from both issue-based and geographic-specific projects. We hope to share work that reflects, examines and considers how organizations and organizers in the network are doing their work.

Field Grantees share supported documentation in any format, such as written descriptions, reports, photos, audio or video. Grantees then prepare a short post for the Common Field website that shares these findings back with the field and offers their reflections, ideas and tools. Additional resources may be available for the grantee to engage Common Field's network through our other programs including the online members forum, organizing a field conversation, presenting at our convening, or through other means.

The most competitive Field Grant applicants will demonstrate forms of inquiry that can be replicated across the field, show learning that has utility across the field, takes a stance of advocacy that informs the work of the field, and that connects members of the field together through this process. Grant applications will be reviewed by a jury of peers made up of one Common Field Board Member and two Network members, based on the following criteria:

- The creative vision of the proposed project
- How the proposed project will create new, original and essential knowledge that will support the field
- The demonstrated capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the proposed project
- The demonstrated capacity of the applicant(s) to share the learning in a meaningful way

Launched in 2016, Field Grants has supported 20 projects to date. Examples of funded projects include a day-long convergence of arts organizers in the South; a freely accessible online guide on how to successfully apply for opportunities that support creative work; and a report on lessons learned from the affordable housing struggle in Dallas, TX — a collaborative effort with Los Angeles-based groups working on affordable housing, with the ultimate goal of activating cross-regional support systems. Read our ever-growing list of resulting reports here.


-Projects must be led by a Common Field network organization and include at least one other member collaborator. If you are not a member and would like to join, learn more here. All member organizations are welcome and encouraged to apply.
-Resulting project activities must be reported on and shared back with Common Field network. Your report can take a variety of forms, from a written report to a video, website and more.
-Project's start date should not begin until after notification of grant award: July 2018 (for May deadline) and December 2018 (for October deadline).
-Applicants may submit more than one application, however, in these cases only one of their projects may be selected for funding.
-Applicants that have received previous Field Grants in 2016 and 2017 are eligible to apply again after two years from the date their application was granted.


-Requests for general operating support
-Projects that don’t forefront exchange and learning within the field
-Organizations seeking support for programming that doesn’t connect to the core goals of the Field Grant Program.


Common Field’s review process will take six weeks and applicants will be notified approximately six weeks from the date of their submission. A jury of three Network members will review and vote on applications. Applications will be evaluated based on the criteria stated above.


Your application must be completed online. These guidelines are for reference only. Click here to access the application portal.

1) Project Name

2) Contact Information:

Please choose one partner to serve as the primary applicant and...

- Lead Organization Member Name (Note: Lead applicants must be organizational members. Applications must reflect a partnership between at least two Common Field members.)
- Lead Organization Contact (first and last name)
- Lead Contact email and phone #
- Lead Organization Common Field Profile Link

- Organizational Member #2 (Same Info as above)

OPTIONAL: You are only required to have 2 partners, but if you have more, please share their contact information.

- Organizational Member #3 (Same Info as above)

3) Project Description

- A short description of your project vision, intention, and action.
- What knowledge do you hope to share with the field as a result of your project?
- Please explain how you will share your project with Common Field members (written description, photos, video, audio, etc.)

4) Timeline

A brief timeframe/schedule.

5) Budget

Please share a simple budget indicating expenses and income with details of how funds would be used and where funds will come from if your project requires additional funders.