Application Procedures

Proposals to Prince Charitable Trusts are only accepted through the online grant program [see link below].

If you have registered on with a funder other than Prince Charitable Trusts, you will also have to register separately with Prince to access our online application system.

To submit a proposal, use the link at the bottom of this web page.

In addition to basic organization information, will ask you to provide:

  1. A summary of your organization’s mission and main activities (250 words or less)
  2. A summary of the grant request (250 words or less)
  3. The proposal narrative of 4-6 pages in length in Times New Roman 12 point type (as a .pdf attachment). The proposal should include:
    • A brief description of the history, purpose and activities carried out by your organization
    • A description of what you propose to do with Prince funding
    • A statement as to the need for support and what you intend to accomplish and how
  4. A list of foundation and corporate supporters and the amount contributed for the current and previous fiscal years (as a .pdf attachment)
  5. A current and previous year operating budget (as .pdf attachments)
  6. A current and previous year project budget, if applicable (as .pdf attachments)
  7. A copy of the most recent audited financial statements (as a .pdf attachment)
  8. A list of your board of directors (as a .pdf attachment)
  9. Your organization logo in .jpg format (color is preferred, if available):
  10. A photo illustrating your work in .jpg format. One photo is required; up to two additional photos may be submitted (color is preferred, if available).
  11. Optional Attachments: you may upload additional support materials (e.g., reviews, articles, reports, etc.)
  12. URL link to your most recent Annual Report (if available)
  13. Additional Attachment for Arts applicants ONLY:

    Arts applicants are required to submit a Funders Report generated through the Illinois Cultural Data Project for your most recently completed fiscal year.

    Prince Charitable Trusts is partnering with the Illinois Cultural Data Project (IL CDP), a state-wide, collaborative effort of public and private funders throughout Illinois that consists of an online system for collecting and standardizing historical financial and organizational data. Prince Charitable Trusts, along with other funders in Illinois, now requires applicants to complete a Data Profile annually through the IL CDP website ( You will use the information you enter into the Data Profile in your application to Prince Charitable Trusts, as well as for other participating funders throughout the state.

    The IL CDP will provide the cultural community with consistent, reliable, comprehensive data on arts and culture in Illinois, and enable organizations to view trends in their data, benchmark themselves against peer organizations, and enhance their financial management capacity.

    For more information about the Illinois Cultural Data Project, please see

  • Within one month of a deadline, organizations will be informed in writing about whether the proposal request falls within the guidelines of the Trusts.
  • Once a proposal has been accepted for consideration, an organization will be notified if further information is needed and a site visit may be scheduled.
  • Within six months of the proposal submission deadline, organizations will receive written notice as to whether the request has been funded.
  • The Trusts make grants only to charitable organizations 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).
  • The Trusts’ Chicago program only funds organizations within the city limits of Chicago (with the exception of grants made through the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince).
  • The Trusts do not fund projects that promote or proselytize any religion. While we do fund the projects of faith-based organizations, 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.

Access to Apply Online

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