Areas of interest
Our Washington, DC program supports a vibrant and equitable city that provides a high quality of life for all residents of the District of Columbia, while protecting the natural resources and the rural character of the Northern Virginia Piedmont. For a breakdown of giving in the DC program Click here.
Support for the arts as an integral part of a vibrant and equitable city. Key focus areas include:
Artistic excellence and access programs
- Major cultural institutions, mid-sized organizations and grassroots initiatives that create or present work to engage and inspire residents, and support local artists
- Programs that provide access to the arts for underserved communities
- Cross-cultural understanding and initiatives that are reflective of the rich diversity of our region
Support to promote health and well-being and better health outcomes for residents, primarily in the District:
Health and well-being with a focus on district wards 7 & 8
- Access to quality health care
- Behavioral health, active living, nutrition education and healthy food access, and general well-being
- Trauma informed care that supports the well-being of health service providers with the goal of improving patient outcomes
- Projects designed to improve the morale of hospital and medical personnel with a goal of improving patient outcomes
Parkinson’s research and services
- Research and medical training to enhance the field of Parkinson’s
- Support for direct services to improve the day-to-day lives of those living with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers
Support for land use efforts designed to protect and preserve land and water resources and that contribute to equitable, inclusive communities with access to opportunity for all residents. This includes work to advance sustainable policy in transportation, land use, agricultural systems and natural resources.
- Preserve and protect the natural heritage of the Northern Viirginia Piedmont
- Preserve and protect the rural quality of the Northern Virginia Piedmont and support smart growth and equitable development in the District’s urban core
- Preserve farmland and promote the local farm economy, particularly in the Northern Virginia Piedmont and urban farming in DC
- Identify and train new farmers with a focus on sustainable practices
- Improve connections between local, sustainable farmers and new markets
- Promote and protect clean water in the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and Chesapeake Bay watershed
- Promote high-quality open space, with a focus on parks in the Anacostia River corridor, to encourage community building and support the health and well-being of residents in Wards 7&8
- Empower and build the capacity of neighborhood-based organizations and community leaders to influence decision making related to a revitalized Anacostia River and adjacent parks
- Support wealth-building and small business development for current residents in Wards 7&8 to ensure they have opportunities to remain and thrive in their communities
After over 30 years of generosity, the MARPAT Foundation closed its doors in December 2017. As part of its final spend down, MARPAT entrusted us to allocate the remaining funds for Anacostia-related activities over the next five years. Support will align with our current priorities focused on:
- Restoration of the Anacostia River and
- Equitable revitalization of parks and communities in the Anacostia River corridor
Preparing to apply
The Washington, DC program accepts applications by invitation only in the fall and spring of each year. However, please contact us if your work aligns with our priorities. We are eager to learn about visionary leaders and innovative programs. Note that our Washington program generally only funds organizations within the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia.
About GOapply: As of January 2023, proposals to Prince Charitable Trusts are only accepted through the GOapply application and report portal (see “GOAPPLY” button below). All applicants will be required to register when visiting GOapply for the first time using their organization’s EIN#. However, if you are a previous grant recipient your grants history remains in our records.
About the proposal review process: Once a proposal has been received, you will be notified if we need additional information, and a site visit may be scheduled. Within six months of the proposal submission deadline, organizations will be notified as to whether the request has been funded.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Potomac Riverkeeper