J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation’s disease related grantmaking invests in medical research, hospitals, mental health, and disease specific programs; however, it does not name interest in specific disease areas.

IP TAKE: This funder awards grants to organizations located across the United States; however, it gives grantmaking preference to nonprofits located in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

PROFILE: The Marriotts established the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation in 1965 “[w]ith the purpose of giving back to the community.” After the passing of J. Willard Marriot Sr., in 1985, the foundation began actively making grants.

The foundation currently dedicates its grantmaking to “[s]upporting exceptional nonprofit organizations that provide civic and human services, foster educational achievement, expand opportunities for youth and adults, develop the next generation of hospitality leaders and lead innovation in health and medicine.” Grantmaking program include Education, Hospitality, Opportunity, Community and Health.

Marriott’s Health grants support medical research, hospitals (primarily in the Washington, D.C. area) mental health and disease specific programs. Grants typically range from $2,000 to $15,000. Past grantees in this space include the American Heart Association and the Boston Center for Endometriosis. To learn more about a select few Marriott grantees, explore its grantee highlight list.

The Marriott Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals; however, it invites proposal submissions twice per year on March 1 and September 1. Applicants must submit their proposals via the foundation’s website, as it no longer accepts paper applications.


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