MacArthur develops grantmaking strategies designed to meet very specific goals. 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.


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.


With few exceptions, as noted elsewhere, there are no fixed deadlines.


John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Office of Grants Management

140 S. Dearborn Street

Chicago, IL 60603-5285

Phone (312) 726-8000

Fax (312) 920-6258

TDD (312) 920-6285