J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation supports mental health projects centered on education, advocacy and community service programs.

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

PROFILE: The Marriott’s 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. The foundation’s mental health grantmaking supports “[o]rganizations working to expand and enhance resource options for individuals and families impacted by mental health challenges.

Grants typically range from $2,000 to $15,000. A past grantee in the mental health space is the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County and 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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