Driehaus Foundation Grants

Opportunity Description


The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. If, after carefully reading the grantmaking guidelines in the relevant program area, you believe your organization might be eligible for support, please contact a program officer by email and clearly indicate which funding area you are applying to (Arts and Culture, Built Environment, Investigative Journalism for Government Accountability, or Economic Opportunity for the Working Poor). Your email should cover topics such as the purpose of the proposed project, how it aligns with the Foundation’s guidelines in the chosen funding area, the audience, estimated full cost, requested amount, and timeline.

Application Deadlines

If your organization has been asked to submit a full proposal or if your organization is a current Driehaus Foundation grantee applying for renewal funding, the current deadlines are:

  • March 1, 2022, 6 pm CT 
  • July 1, 2022, 6 pm CT
  • November 1, 2022, 6 pm CT 

Do NOT submit a proposal unless you are invited to do so.

Please note that the Foundation is not accepting new proposals in 2022 for the Economic Opportunity for the Working Poor portfolio.

* The Driehaus Foundation also partners with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to provide general operating support to arts and cultural organizations in Chicago with annual budgets up to $500,000. Scroll down for the application procedures for this separate funding program.

Opportunity offered by:

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Richard H. Driehaus, a successful investment advisor, made his first public philanthropic gesture in 1983, when he established his eponymous foundation. For the next decade, the Foundation made grants totaling…
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Application deadline:
June 30, 2023