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


An Open Letter to the Chicago Region’s Nonprofit Community | COVID-19 Read here

PCT’s Chicago Health Program adds New Youth Mental and Behavioral Health for Community-Based Health Centers Focus
Increasing access to and improving the quality of mental and behavioral health services for youth is widely acknowledged as a high-need area. The need is particularly acute in communities where youth face more risk factors such as high levels of violence and for some sub-groups of youth such as youth who have been incarcerated or are experiencing homelessness, and for youth who identify as LBGTQ+. PCT’s new program area will fund community-based health center projects that seek to make quality improvements and/or long-term practice changes that will lead to more youth (12 to 24) receiving high-quality, youth-friendly, culturally competent mental and behavioral health services. LOIs for this new area are due January 15, 2020 by 5:00pm CST. To learn more visit the Chicago Page.


Washington, DC:

Here are the topics under consideration for funding in the Washington, DC, program in spring of 2020.

    • Arts & Culture
    • Environment: Land Protection, Clean Water, Livable Communities
    • 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 14-28, 2020

Newport, RI:

Important Application Information for 2020:  Proposals for the 2020 Rhode Island grants program will only be accepted from organizations that received funding in 2019.

Current grantees: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are considering changes to our 2020 grants process. We will contact you with these changes and list them on the website as soon as we can.

Next Deadline May 1, 2020

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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