The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince

The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince supports arts groups in the city of Chicago with annual budgets between $500,000 and $2,000,000.

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Statement on The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity and the Arts at Prince
February 4, 2022

At the end of 2022, we will close The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity and the Arts at Prince.  This will mark the end of Prince Charitable Trusts’ historic 20-year relationship with the MacArthur Foundation which has provided $32,190,000 to 100 Chicago arts organizations in the form of unrestricted operating support and supplemental capacity building grants. Both MacArthur and Prince are involved in self-study to be sure that our grant making programs best address the needs of the Chicago cultural community. The two foundations have mutually agreed this is the right time to conclude our collaboration. It has been an honor and a privilege to support the amazing Chicago mid-sized arts organizations in their important work. We thank them and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for this opportunity. Although we do not yet know exactly what form it will take, both foundations are committed to continued support of the arts in Chicago.

Groups that received two-year grants in 2021 will submit interim reports on April 11, 2022.  Instructions for those reports are found in Report Requirements of the MacArthur section of the Prince Charitable Trusts website.

We will not be able to accept new proposals from organizations not currently receiving grants from the MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity and the Arts.

Interim Reports

All groups will be submitting interim reports on April 11, 2022. Please submit the following:

Please submit:

  • The cover sheet for the MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity and the Arts.  Click here for a copy of the cover sheet.

Brief updates on the following:

  • Narrative Description of activities funded by the 2021 grant including a brief reflection on your organization’s primary achievements and challenges during the grant period
  • What you know about plans for the upcoming year
  • Changes in staffing and administration
  • Your most recent audited financial statements
  • Current fiscal year operating budget with year-to-date actuals and an operating budget for the upcoming year, if available.


  • Your logo – if it has changed since the last time you submitted
  • Photos of your work.

Technical Requirements:

  • Please send all interim report materials, via email (except the .jpeg files) in a single .pdf file to Sharon Robison, ( Pictures and logos should be sent in .jpeg format.
  • Be sure the name of your organization is in the title of any file you submit and each individual document within the large file.

Final Reports for 2022 Grantees of the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince

We are not requiring any written final reports in 2022.  Your reviewing consultant will contact you to set up a phone or zoom meeting in October or November, 2022 to discuss developments since April.  She will submit a brief written report to the Trusts for the record.

In spring 2021, Dr. Martin held a series of interactive workshops for grantees of the MacArthur/Prince Fund on managing organizations in troubled times. In order to make this valuable information available to more organizations, he has recorded a set of quick presentations on HR issues that managers frequently confront.  Many are funny – all are on point. We hope you’ll find them helpful. To view – click the link below.

Watch HR Coaching Video Series
  • In 2021, all applicants will begin a new funding cycle and submit full proposals that will be due on April 15, 2021. We will not be accepting any new groups in 2021.
  • Within one month of a deadline, organizations will be informed about whether the proposal request falls within the guidelines of the MacArthur Fund at Prince.
  • Once a proposal has been accepted for consideration, the organization will be notified if further information is needed, a reviewer will be assigned and a site visit will be scheduled. Each applicant will receive a site visit, and where applicable, a reviewer will attend a performance. Whenever possible, the same reviewer will stay with a group for the full term of the grant.
  • Within six months of the proposal submission deadline, organizations will receive written notice as to whether the request has been funded.
  • The Trusts make grants only to charitable organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as public charities under Sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2).
  • Organizations in the city of Chicago are eligible for grants made through the MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince.
  • The Trusts do not fund projects that promote or proselytize any religion. While we do fund the projects of faith-based organizations, those projects must be secular in nature.
  • The Trusts do not fund organizations that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any veteran’s status.
  • We do not fund organizations that are part of colleges or universities.
Preparing to apply

Proposals to Prince Charitable Trusts are only accepted through the online grant program (see “GO TO EGRANT” button below).

If you have registered on with a funder other than Prince Charitable Trusts, you will also have to register separately with Prince to access our online application system.

Before you apply, review these steps on the e-grant application.

Application Guidelines
Dates & Deadlines
Go to eGrant

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