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.

2017 Giving

Total $5,309,507

Data does not include the MacArthur Fund for the Arts at Prince which totaled $1,805,000 in 2017

Arts and Culture, Cultural Heritage $1,094,500

Environment $1,904,500

Health $655,817

Other $696,270

Youth $455,000

Supporting Vulnerable Residents $503,500

What to know now

Information about our upcoming funding opportunities, deadlines and partner programming

Washington, DC:
Here are the topics under consideration for funding in the Washington, DC, program this fall.

  • Environment
    • Farming/new markets
    • Livable communities
  • Promoting health
    • Health and well-being
    • Hospital morale 

Proposal request notification
Staff will contact organizations directly by July 20, 2018 to invite a proposal that should be submitted using between Monday, August 20, 2018 and close of business (5 PM EDT) on Friday, August 31, 2018. If your organization is not contacted, it means that staff has determined we will be unable to fund your organization at this time. 

Fall 2018 timeline

  • June 25 – July 1 – Invitations to submit proposals sent to invited organizations
  • August 20 -31 – Application submission period for these topic areas: environment (farming/new markets, livable communities) and promoting health (health and well-being, hospital morale)
  • August 31 – Application deadline; all submissions must be received by end of the business day.

Chicago, IL:
Next Deadline January 15, 2019

Newport, RI:
Next Deadline May 1, 2019

Key dates

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


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