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MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince

Grants to Chicago, Illinois Nonprofits, Museums,
and Performance Groups for Operating Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Prince Charitable Trusts

Deadline Date:

04/29/19 5:00 PM (CDT)


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Grants to Chicago, Illinois arts and culture nonprofit organizations, museums, performance groups, and community arts programs for operating support. New applicants are required to contact the Funding Source before submitting an application. Funding is intended to support organizations that offer high quality arts experiences for young people and assist in strengthening the cultural life of the city and region.

The fund makes unrestricted grants for general operating support.

Selection Criteria:

- Quality of the organization’s artistic program
- Strength and diversity of its board and staff leadership
- Impact on the organization’s neighborhood, the city or the region
- Size and diversity of audiences served
- Strong financial management and evidence of good planning
- Community and educational outreach activities
- Performance and exhibit reviews
- Collaboration with other cultural institutions

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185012

Term of Contract:

There is a presumption of multi-year support, but with annual review.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The MacArthur Fund at Prince exclusively supports organizations in the city of Chicago that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as public charities under Sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2).

- Mid-sized organizations in the city of Chicago with annual budgets between $500,000 and $2,000,000 will be eligible. Both revenue and expenses must exceed $500,000 as documented by the most recent audited financial statements.

- Arts and culture organizations eligible to receive these grants include museums, all types of performance groups, visual arts organizations, presenting groups, arts service organizations, community arts programs, and organizations whose primary mission is to provide high quality arts experiences for young people.


- Organizations that are part of colleges or universities are not funded.
- The Trusts do not fund projects that promote or proselytize any religion. While projects of faith-based organizations are funded, those projects must be secular in nature.
- The Trusts do not fund organizations that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any veteran’s status.

Pre-Application Information:

For groups that are new to the Fund, please contact Benna Wilde before submitting an application.

Application Deadline: April 29, 2019 (for new groups and returning groups that received one-year grants in 2018).

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT) on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, then proposals must be submitted by 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT) on the next business day.

Proposals to Prince Charitable Trusts are only accepted through the online grant program.

- Within one month of a deadline, organizations will be informed about whether the proposal request falls within the guidelines of the MacArthur Fund at Prince.
- Once a proposal has been accepted for consideration, the organization will be notified if further information is needed, a reviewer will be assigned and a site visit will be scheduled. Each applicant will receive a site visit, and where applicable, a reviewer will attend a performance. Whenever possible, the same reviewer will stay with a group for the full term of the grant.
- Within six months of the proposal submission deadline, organizations will receive written notice as to whether the request has been funded.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application Portal:

Benna Wilde
Director of the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Chicago