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.

2017 Giving

Total $5,309,507

Data does not include the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince which totaled $1,805,000 in 2017

Arts and Culture, Cultural Heritage $1,094,500

Environment $1,904,500

Health $655,817

Other $696,270

Youth $455,000

Supporting Vulnerable Residents $503,500

What to know now

Information about our upcoming funding opportunities, deadlines and partner programming

Washington, DC:
Here are the topics under consideration for funding in the Washington, DC, program in spring of 2019.

  • Arts & Culture
  • Environment: Land Protection, Clean Water
  • 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 11-22, 2019

Next Deadline January 15, 2019

Newport, RI:
Next Deadline May 1, 2019

Key dates

15janAll DayChicago - Spring Application Deadline

11febAll DayWashington, DC - Application submission period opens for Spring 2019

22febAll DayWashington, DC - Application submission period closes for Spring 2019

Meet a grantee
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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Chicago and Newport: 312-419-8700
Washington, DC: 202-728-0646

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