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: Courtesy of Alliance for the Great Lakes

2021 Giving

Total $5,315,825

Does not include the MacArthur Fund for the Arts at Prince which totaled $2,001,020 in 2021 or Prince-MARPAT which totaled $185,000 

  • CAPITAL (NEWPORT) | $155,000
  • COVID-19 (DC) | $97,500
  • ENVIRONMENT | $2,133,500
  • HEALTH | $835,000
  • OTHER | $539,971
  • YOUTH (CHICAGO) | $630,000

Photo Credit: Kate Whitney Lucey Photography, courtesy of MLK Community Center

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Anacostia Business Development

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kartemquin

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Newport Tree Conservancy

Photo Credit: Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Center Washington National Opera

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Millennium Park

What to know now

Information about our upcoming funding opportunities, deadlines and partner programming


We are excited to launch our new Environmental Justice Program.  For details visit the Chicago page. Link to Chicago page.

The Aya Initiative – learn about the new participatory initiative of our environment program and view a list of the inaugural grant recipients.


2022 grant deadline is June 13. We are not accepting new unsolicited proposals this year; 2021 grant recipient are welcome to apply.

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


August 2022 – Invitations to submit proposals sent to organizations

Applications Due

September 19, 2022

Meet a grantee

Chicago Youth Storage Initiative
In 2014, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) reported that 12,186 youth between the ages of 14 and 21 were homeless and living on their own without parental support. After the 2014 Chicago Summit on LGBT Homelessness, where barriers to safe and secure storage was a recurring theme in...
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