The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant

From John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

We are committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. We work toward justice, because it is essential for peace. And with peace, a verdant world, where the planet and people thrive, is possible.

Grant uses


MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world's most pressing social challenges, including promoting local justice reform in the U.S., advancing global climate solutions, decreasing nuclear risk, and reducing corruption in Nigeria. The Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy; and to the strength and vitality of our hometown, Chicago. We are also significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector and strengthening research and advocacy about the social impacts of technology.

We generally do not fund unsolicited proposals. Although very few are selected for funding, we review unsolicited proposals that meet our guidelines.


Organization's Location
Program Location
USA, with preference for IL (Chicago)
Organization Type


Scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate studies
Grants to individuals
Annual fundraising drives
Paid advertisements
Political activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation
not specified


Step 1: Letter of Inquiry
Application deadline
Step 2: Full proposal (invite only)
Required Attachments
Letter of Inquiry (LOI)