Learn About What We Fund

Applying for a Grant

There are three basic steps to applying for a grant at MacArthur.

MacArthur develops grantmaking strategies designed to meet very specific goals. We encourage you to closely read information about each program to determine whether your project falls within MacArthur’s grantmaking guidelines.

Please note that the Foundation awards the majority of its grants to organizations identified by our staff. Each year we also award grants to individuals through the MacArthur Fellows program, which does not accept applications or nominations.

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.


Next Step: Understanding Guidelines and Funding Cycles ›

  • Our Commitment to Fairness and Courtesy

    The Foundation is committed to ensuring that grant-seekers, grantees, and the public have access to clear and up-to-date information about the Foundation and its programs, and are treated with fairness and professional courtesy.

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  • Other Grantmaking Policies

    View our Free Expression Principles and Response To Anti-Terrorism Financing Guidelines

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