Understand guideline and funding cycles
MacArthur publishes program guidelines to help applicants determine whether their idea for a grant fits within a particular grantmaking strategy.
As a general rule, applicants should base this decision on three related criteria that appear in program guidelines: the topical focus addressed by the grantmaking strategy; the geographic area covered by the grantmaking strategy; and, finally, the type of funding (i.e., general operating support, research, program support, etc.) that supports the grantmaking strategy.
Like most strategic grantmaking foundations, the MacArthur Foundation considers funding only those applications that closely match the topical, geographic, and funding criteria for a specific grantmaking strategy.
Organizations interested in applying for support should submit a letter of inquiry to the Foundation.
Grants are awarded to organizations that define clear objectives for their work and measures of progress toward those objectives. Typically, MacArthur provides multi-year support. Proposals must clearly relate to the country and thematic priorities of the Population and Reproductive Health area to be considered.