On the Ground

Deep On-Site Learning on Building Vibrant Communities

Intentionally small to facilitate networking and peer exchange, “on the ground” gatherings use the work of a field-leading place-based investor as a platform for learning on a particular theme. Balancing time devoted to understanding the host organization’s context, strategy and learning journey with exploring “going deeper” questions that relate to participant’s “back-home” work – matching time out in the community with time for discussion and reflection – “on the grounds” are important professional development, skill-building, and team-building vehicles for people and organizations who are working to increase the vibrancy of local communities by authentically engaging and resourcing the groups that everyday people form for mutual aid and collective action in the place where they live. Grassroots Grantmakers’ On the Ground learning gatherings are designed to begin where standard conference workshops end and go deeper.

Registrations are limited to 100 participants to maximize opportunities for peer to peer connections and to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to contribute. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who can attend?

On the Grounds are designed for funders and others who are working to strengthen and help resource the work of everyday people and the groups that they form for mutual aid and collective action. Membership in Grassroots Grantmakers is not required to attend. We especially welcome teams that include people from resident-led organizations or committees associated with a funding or resourcing organization.

“On the Ground” Archives

Materials from past “on the grounds” are posted to facilitate on-going learning and to give prospective participants the opportunity to  enhance the value-added of attending.


Contact Lisa Duran for anything else you need to know. You can reach Lisa via email or phone (720.634.6227).

Upcoming On the Ground Events

On the Ground Archive