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
Currently Accepting Inquiries
Chicago Commitment: Community Capital Grants (MacArthur selects the invitees)
Not Accepting Inquiries at This Time
Nominations and Inquiries Never Accepted
What MacArthur Does Not Fund
The Foundation does not support political activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation, and does not provide funding for the following:
- Scholarships / tuition assistance for undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate studies
- Annual fundraising drives
- Paid advertisements
- 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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