Eighty-eight grants totaling nearly $1.2 million were made through the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Prince Charitable Trusts in support of Chicago area arts and cultural organizations.
The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture were established at the two foundations in April 2003 through grants totaling $6.5 million from the MacArthur Foundation. The funds will be used over a five-year period.
This year, the Driehaus Foundation awarded 57 grants totaling $500,000 and the Prince Charitable Trusts awarded 31 grants totaling $695,000 through the funds.
The fund at the Driehaus Foundation is used primarily for general operating support to arts and cultural organizations with annual budgets of approximately $500,000 or less. The fund at the Prince Charitable Trusts is used to support mid-sized arts and cultural organizations, those with annual budgets between $500,000 and $2 million. As with the fund at Driehaus, the emphasis is on support of general operations.
Each year, MacArthur also awards grants directly to organizations with budgets of more than $2 million. In April, the Foundation announced 17 grants totaling more than $3.5 million to large arts and cultural groups in the city. These grants are made for multiple years for general operations.
Support for arts and cultural organizations in Chicago and the region is an expression of MacArthurs' civic commitment to Chicago and is designed to help sustain the cultural life and vitality of the city and region.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is a family foundation formed in 1992. Its primary mission is to benefit individuals and communities by preserving and enhancing the built and natural environments. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation also supports the performing and visual arts and makes grants to organizations that provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged individuals.
Prince Charitable Trusts
The Prince Charitable Trusts were established in 1947 from the bequests of Frederick Henry Prince and his wife, Abbie Norman Prince. The three trusts operate as a family foundation with giving programs in the city of Chicago, the Washington D.C. region, and the state of Rhode Island. In Chicago, the Trusts support the core mission of arts organizations through general operating support grants, project grants to strengthen organizational capacity, and the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work.
Grants made through the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Prince Charitable Trusts (31 grants totaling $695,000):
Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation
International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Lifeline Productions, Inc.
Little Black Pearl Workshop
Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Music of the Baroque
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
River North Chicago Dance Company
Street-Level Youth Media
Grants made through the MacArthur Foundation Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation (57 grants totaling $500,000):