Prince Charitable Trusts' COVID-19 Statement
As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to unfold, we are learning about heroic efforts underway to respond to the growing crisis in all three of the communities in which we work. We are heartened by the visionary leadership and coordination among government officials, health care providers and community leaders in their resolve to support our friends and families.
As we all know, extraordinary challenges call for extraordinary measures. We anticipate that our 2020 grant cycles will proceed as scheduled with an accelerated review and payout process and we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide level support to our grantee partners. We trust their leadership, creativity and deep knowledge of the communities they serve and want them to have maximum flexibility to determine the highest and best use of the resources.
Prince Charitable Trusts also will increase its grantmaking budget this year beyond the IRS mandated 5% payout, despite the dramatic economic downturn. We are hopeful that these steps will increase our ability to be responsive to the most urgent needs while helping “keep the lights on” for our longtime partners.
We are in conversation with community and foundation leaders about how to best support the organizations that are on the front lines of addressing the impact of this pandemic. We expect that our work will evolve as the situation changes from a crisis to the need to mobilize assistance for the long-term recovery of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Following the guidance issued by local officials, staff will be working from home until April 17th, and perhaps longer. All staff are reachable via email and phone using the same contact information. Please feel free to reach out to us. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how we can best support our collective resilience.
Thank you for your dedication and spirit of partnership. Our strength is demonstrated by our ability to come together in challenging times.
PCT Trustees and Team
Three generations ago, Frederick H. Prince and his wife Abbie Norman Prince established a philanthropic legacy by creating the Prince Charitable Trusts. Over time, their heirs have created giving programs in cities where the Prince family has deep and long-standing ties: Chicago, Illinois; Washington, DC; and, Newport, Rhode Island.
Today, our giving remains concentrated in these geographic areas, while also reflecting a widening circle of compassion, demonstrated by our support of the arts, environment, youth, health and other areas of giving.
We are a family foundation that believes in the capacity of non-profit organizations to change lives, to improve communities and to advance ideas. In standing with the organizations we fund, we strive to add muscle to their might with operating, project, and capacity-building grants and special awards for their often unique and unheralded work.
We are the Prince Charitable Trusts. We were established in 1947, and what matters most to us has always mattered to us: compassionate, committed and responsive philanthropy. We invite you to get to know us and the organizations we support.
Photo Credit: Dave McLaughlin, Clean Ocean Access
Does not include the MacArthur Fund for the Arts at Prince which totaled $1,900,000 in 2018 or Prince-MARPAT which totaled $185,000
Photo Credit: Courtesy of After School Matters
Photo Credit: Hilary Salmon, Capital Area Food Bank
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rhode Island Natural History Survey
What to know now
An Open Letter to the Chicago Region’s Nonprofit Community | COVID-19 Read here
PCT’s Chicago Health Program adds New Youth Mental and Behavioral Health for Community-Based Health Centers Focus
Increasing access to and improving the quality of mental and behavioral health services for youth is widely acknowledged as a high-need area. The need is particularly acute in communities where youth face more risk factors such as high levels of violence and for some sub-groups of youth such as youth who have been incarcerated or are experiencing homelessness, and for youth who identify as LBGTQ+. PCT’s new program area will fund community-based health center projects that seek to make quality improvements and/or long-term practice changes that will lead to more youth (12 to 24) receiving high-quality, youth-friendly, culturally competent mental and behavioral health services. LOIs for this new area are due January 15, 2020 by 5:00pm CST. To learn more visit the Chicago Page.
Here are the topics under consideration for funding in the Washington, DC, program in spring of 2020.
- Arts & Culture
- Environment: Land Protection, Clean Water, Livable Communities
- Promoting Health: Parkinson’s Research and Services
The Washington DC office does not accept unsolicited proposals
January/February – Invitations to submit proposals sent to invited organizations. If your organization is not contacted, it means that staff has determined we will be unable to fund your organization at this time.
Application Submission Period
February 14-28, 2020
Important Application Information for 2020: Proposals for the 2020 Rhode Island grants program will only be accepted from organizations that received funding in 2019.
Current grantees: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are considering changes to our 2020 grants process. We will contact you with these changes and list them on the website as soon as we can.
Next Deadline May 1, 2020
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Chicago Youth Storage Initiative: Safe Spaces for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
After the 2014 Chicago Summit on LGBT Homelessness, where barriers to safe and secure storage was a recurring theme in discussions with young people, a group of advocates, funders, and service providers joined together to create the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative.
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Washington, DC: 202-728-0646
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