Guidelines & Funding Cycles

Understand Guidelines and Funding Cycles

Grant guidelines help applicants determine whether their idea for a grant fits within a particular grantmaking strategy. MacArthur can consider funding only those applications that closely match three related criteria that appear in program guidelines: topical focus addressed by the grantmaking strategy; geographic area covered by the grantmaking strategy; type of funding (general operating support, research, program support, etc.) that supports the grantmaking strategy.

Grantmaking Guideline Categories

Current Calls for Proposals 


Community & Economic Development: Youth Violence Prevention

Documentary Film

 

Currently Accepting Inquiries


Arts & Culture: General Operations

Arts & Culture: Loan Fund

Conservation & Sustainable Development

Human Rights & International Justice

International Peace & Security

Media

Migration

Policy Research: Fiscal Condition of States & Localities

Population & Reproductive Health

Strengthening American Democracy

 

Not Accepting Inquiries at This Time


Arts & Culture: International Connections Fund

Community & Economic Development

Digital Media & Learning

Documentary Film

Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries

Housing

Juvenile Justice

Policy Research (except as indicated above)

Program-Related Investments

 

Nominations and Inquiries Never Accepted


MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions 

MacArthur Fellows 

 

What MacArthur Does Not Fund

The Foundation does not support political activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation, and does not provide the following:

  • Scholarships / tuition assistance for undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate studies
  • Annual fundraising drives
  • Institutional benefits
  • Honorary functions or similar projects
  • Unsolicited grants to individuals, except for the MacArthur Fellows, which operates through a separate nominating process that is not open to public nominations.

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