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

2018 Giving

Total $6,239,980

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

Arts and Culture, Cultural Heritage $1,173,071

Capital (Chicago) $362,000

Environment $2,282,000

Health $881,468

Other $381,441

Supporting Vulnerable Residents (Newport) $610,000

Youth (Chicago) $550,000

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

PCT’s Chicago health program adds Violence Reduction Focus
We are excited to announce a change in priorities for our Chicago Health program. Beginning with our current grant cycle we will add a focus on the public health crisis of gun violence. This crisis is plaguing Chicago with especially devastating effects on young people in areas of the city experiencing racial disparities and long-term disinvestment. This shift furthers our commitment to improving the lives and circumstances of youth in these communities and allows us to join efforts throughout the city to support innovative and effective work that is disrupting the deadly cycle of gun violence and putting the young people directly impacted by it on the path toward a better future.   To learn more about our new 2019 Health Program and Guidelines, visit the Chicago Page.

Stay tuned for Phase Two of our new Health Program Priorities which will be announced in summer 2019 and implemented in 2020

Ending Youth Homelessness
We have expanded our guidelines to allow us to support organizations that are serve this population but do not provide housing.  For more information check out the Chicago Page.

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

Newport, RI:
Next Deadline May 1, 2019
Important Information: Due to market realities, we experienced a 14% decline in our grantmaking budget. As a result, proposals for the 2019 Rhode Island grants program will only be accepted from organizations that received funding in 2018.

Key dates

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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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