MacArthur has announced the formation of two special funds designed to provide grant support to small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations in Chicago and the region. The funds, which have an initial commitment totaling $6.5 million over five years, have been established through grants to two Chicago regional foundations: The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Prince Charitable Trusts, which will award grants from the funds.

The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation begins operations with a grant of $2.75 million over five years to be used primarily for multi-year general operating support to arts and cultural organizations with annual budgets of approximately $500,000 or less. The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Prince Charitable Trusts has been established with a five-year grant of $3.75 million that will be used to support mid-sized arts and culture organizations, those with annual budgets between $500,000 and $2 million. As with the fund at Driehaus, the emphasis will be on multi-year general operating support.

Each year MacArthur makes grants totaling approximately $4.5 million in support of arts and culture in Chicago and the region. In addition to providing funding for the funds for small and mid-sized organizations, MacArthur, through its General Program, will make grants to arts and cultural organizations with annual budgets greater than $2 million. Since it began operations in 1978, the Foundation has made more than $110 million in grants to support arts and culture in Chicago and the region.

In addition to its yearly commitment, this January MacArthur announced capital grants totaling $21.5 million to 41 area arts and cultural organizations. The grants were made as part of the Foundations yearlong celebration of its 25th anniversary.

"The MacArthur Foundation recognizes the importance of arts and cultural organizations to the vitality of this city and region," said Jonathan F. Fanton, President of the MacArthur Foundation. "In deepening our relationship with The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and establishing one with the Prince Charitable Trusts, we will help make available a reliable flow of multi-year, flexible support and technical assistance to small and mid-sized arts and cultural groups. Based on consultations with many in the field, we agree that the most appropriate and most needed form of support for arts and cultural groups is long-term funding for general operations, and that is precisely what these new collaborative funds will target." 

The Driehaus Foundation will receive $550,000 per year for five years for making grants through the MacArthur Fund, while the Prince Charitable Trusts will receive $750,000 per year for five years for the same purpose. Each foundation has many years of experience in providing support to arts and cultural groups in the Chicago area. A similar arrangement has been in place for the past four years at the Driehaus Foundation in the form of a fund for small theater and dance groups. In addition to awarding grants through the collaborative MacArthur funds, both Driehaus and Prince will maintain their current grantmaking programs for arts and culture organizations. 

"The vibrancy of the Chicago area is best represented by the multiplicity of arts groups found in almost every neighborhood," said Sunny Fischer, executive director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. "This new arrangement with MacArthur will allow us to expand what we are already doing finding promising arts and cultural organizations in addition to dance and theater groups and providing them with the financial and technical support they need to prosper."

Starting in July 2003, Driehaus will begin accepting letters of intent for support through the MacArthur Fund. There will be two grant cycles each year. For information about how to apply for support through the MacArthur Fund at the Driehaus Foundation, please contact Driehaus directly or visit the MacArthur website.

"Since its inception in 1947 the Prince Charitable Trusts has placed great value on the contribution of the regions arts and cultural institutions to improving the lives of all who live here," said Benna Wilde, managing director of the Chicago offices of the Prince Charitable Trusts. "This relationship between MacArthur and Prince is an effective way to combine resources and expertise to benefit the arts community. We are proud to be partners in continuing the MacArthur tradition of providing operating support which has made such a difference to Chicago arts organizations."

In May 2003, Prince will begin accepting applications for support through the MacArthur Fund. Applications can be submitted to Prince for its June 30, 2003, deadline. Awards will be announced by the end of the year. For information about how to apply for support through the MacArthur Fund at the Prince Charitable Trusts, please visit the Prince Charitable Trusts website.

Arts and cultural organizations in the city with budgets over $2 million will continue to apply for support directly through the MacArthur Foundation. Applications are accepted throughout the year, and awards are announced quarterly. For more information about the application process, visit the MacArthur website.

 

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