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

2020 Giving

Total $5,315,825

Does not include the MacArthur Fund for the Arts at Prince which totaled $1,972,778 in 2020 or Prince-MARPAT which totaled $185,000 

  • CAPITAL (CHICAGO) | $240,000
  • COVID-19 | $670,000
  • ENVIRONMENT | $1,807,6193
  • HEALTH | $715,000
  • OTHER | $449,500
  • YOUTH (CHICAGO) | $485,000

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

Information about our upcoming funding opportunities, deadlines and partner programming


Some proposal deadline dates will be different in 2022.  Please go to How to Apply for details.


Washington, DC:

Here are the topics under consideration for funding in the Washington, DC, program in 2022.

Spring 2022

Fields: Arts & Culture; Land Protection, Clean Water, Livable Communities


January/February, 2022 – Invitations to submit proposals sent to organizations.

Applications Due:

February 25, 2022

Fall 2022

Fields:  Farming/New Markets, Livable Communities, Prince-MARPAT, Health and Well-being, Parkinson’s Research and Services


July – August 2022 – Invitations to submit proposals sent to organizations

Applications Due

September 8, 2022

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