Grant Guidelines

Two distinct funding programs are available at the Driehaus Foundation:

Driehaus Foundation Grants

Built Environment, Arts and Culture, Investigative Journalism for Government Accountability, Economic Opportunity for the Working Poor

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The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Arts and Culture

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Driehaus Foundation Grants

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation makes grants in four program areas: Built Environment, Arts and Culture, Investigative Journalism for Government Accountability, and Economic Opportunity for the Working Poor.


The Driehaus Foundation encourages any organization seeking support to carefully review the Foundation's funding guidelines and eligibility requirements before making an inquiry. In addition, the Foundation is not accepting any new proposals for the Economic Opportunity program in 2022.

Please note the following:

  • The vast majority of grants go to organizations residing in, and working in, the Chicago area. 
  • We usually do not fund large organizations with multi-million-dollar budgets.

In addition to the guidelines above, we do not support:

  • Arts learning; arts outreach; individual restoration projects; community theater and community dance; health care; public, private, or parochial education
  • Scholarships or tuition assistance
  • Endowments, capital campaigns, or debt reduction
  • Projects that promote or proselytize any religion
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any veteran's status
  • Individuals, political campaigns, or legislative lobbying

Please review the funding priorities for the program area in which you are interested:

Built Environment

Arts and Culture

Investigative Journalism for Government Accountability

Economic Opportunity for the Working Poor

The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

From 2003 to 2022, the MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation (MacArthur-Driehaus) has offered unrestricted support to strengthen and sustain small and midsized arts and cultural organizations. The funding partnership between the MacArthur and Driehaus foundations will sunset at the end of 2022. However, MacArthur will continue supporting small and midsized Chicago cultural organizations in 2023 and beyond through a new partnership with the Field Foundation of Illinois. 

Please see here for additional information about the MacArthur-Driehaus sunset. A short statement from MacArthur in September 2022 about its new partnership is here. More information about the new partnership will be released by the Field Foundation in Spring 2023.  

MacArthur-Driehaus application deadlines for 2022 have now passed, and the Driehaus Foundation is no longer accepting general operating grant requests for this funding program. General operating grant awards for 2022 Cycle One were announced in late June. 2022 Cycle Two grant awards will be announced in late September.

Reporting requirements remain in effect for all MacArthur-Driehaus general operating (single- and multi-year) and professional development grant awards. Grantees can reference the grant agreement as well as Fluxx for specifics.  

The Driehaus Foundation board and staff have been enormously proud to support the hundreds of cultural endeavors that have received grants from the MacArthur-Driehaus partnership over the past 20 years and send the very best wishes for the future success of those groups. 

Updated September 2022

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In addition to MacArthur-Driehaus funding, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has a separate grantmaking program in Arts and Culture. Please click here for a detailed description of this separate Arts and Culture program, which is more limited in focus and eligibility than MacArthur-Driehaus. It is highly unusual for a current MacArthur-Driehaus grantee to also receive support from Driehaus Arts and Culture.