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

Grants Portal Change:

PCT has transitioned from eGrants to GoApply, a new application portal. It is our hope that this new portal will be a more user friendly way to submit grant applications. The portal is live beginning on Tuesday, January 31st and can be accessed by going to the link All applicants will be required to register using their organizations’s EIN number.
Please watch this space for updates and check the information under the specific city and program area in which you seek to apply for further guidance.


Aya Initiative – Chicago
The RFP for The Aya initiative is now available. Click here to find out more about this exciting participatory grant making initiative.

Aya Initiative Office Hours – If you have specific questions about your Aya application, you can sign up for office hours. They are being held March 6 from 3pm – 5pm and March 9 from 10am – 12pm.  click here to sign up.

Aya Initiative Deadline: March 13, 2023

Washington, DC:

Here are the topics under consideration for funding in the Washington, DC, program in 2023.

Spring 2023

Fields: Arts & Culture; Resilient/Equitable Land Use,  Livable Communities, Just Democracy


January/February, 2023 – Invitations to submit proposals sent to organizations.

Applications Due:

February 27, 2023

Fall 2023

Fields:  Regenerative Agriculture/Food Justice, Livable Communities,  Health and Well-being, Parkinson’s Research and Services


August 2023 – Invitations to submit proposals sent to organizations

Applications Due

September 15, 2023

Meet a grantee

Lost Boyz Inc.
Founded in 2009 by LaVonte Stewart, Lost Boyz Inc. provides sports-based youth development to help young people in the city's underserved communities develop confidence, resilience, and life skills. Between January and October each year, Lost Boyz features its MVP Youth Baseball & Softball and Successful Youth Leaders programs. Under the umbrella...
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