Prince Charitable Trusts' COVID-19 Statement

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to unfold, we are learning about heroic efforts underway to respond to the growing crisis in all three of the communities in which we work. We are heartened by the visionary leadership and coordination among government officials, health care providers and community leaders in their resolve to support our friends and families.

As we all know, extraordinary challenges call for extraordinary measures. We anticipate that our 2020 grant cycles will proceed as scheduled with an accelerated review and payout process and we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide level support to our grantee partners. We trust their leadership, creativity and deep knowledge of the communities they serve and want them to have maximum flexibility to determine the highest and best use of the resources.

Prince Charitable Trusts also will increase its grantmaking budget this year beyond the IRS mandated 5% payout, despite the dramatic economic downturn. We are hopeful that these steps will increase our ability to be responsive to the most urgent needs while helping “keep the lights on” for our longtime partners.

We are in conversation with community and foundation leaders about how to best support the organizations that are on the front lines of addressing the impact of this pandemic. We expect that our work will evolve as the situation changes from a crisis to the need to mobilize assistance for the long-term recovery of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Following the guidance issued by local officials, staff will be working from home. All staff are reachable via email and phone using the same contact information.  Please feel free to reach out to us. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how we can best support our collective resilience.

Thank you for your dedication and spirit of partnership. Our strength is demonstrated by our ability to come together in challenging times.

PCT Trustees and Team

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

2019 Giving

Total $5,315,825

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 $1,028,500

Capital (Chicago) $250,000

Environment $1,942,000

Health $707,500

Other $383,825

Supporting Vulnerable Residents (Newport) $519,000

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


Important Application Information for our 2021 Spring Cycle:

  • PCT is suspending grants in the youth behavioral and mental health program in 2021 as we determine how best to respond to health needs in the Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Proposals for the ending youth homelessness, violence reduction, and sports-based youth development programs will only be accepted from organizations that received funding in 2020.

New Deadline/Proposal requirements: The new deadline for the spring cycle is 5pm CST on February 16.  We have also refined our proposal requirements.  Visit the How to apply page for details.

Washington, DC:

Here are the topics under consideration for funding in the Washington, DC, program in 2021.

Spring 2021 
Fields: Arts & Culture; Environment: Land Protection, Clean Water, Livable Communities

January/February, 2021 – Invitations to submit proposals sent to organizations.

Application Submission Period
February – March, 2021

Fall 2021

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


July – August, 2021 – Invitations to submit proposals sent to organizations

Application Submission Period
September-October, 2021

Newport, RI:

Please watch this space for updates.

Proposal Deadline 5:00pm CST on Friday May 1.

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

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