The Foundation’s mission is broad and guided by the interests of its trustees. Consequently, we do not accept unsolicited proposals.
The Foundation has five focus areas established by its trustees as funding priorities for strategic grant making. For each focus area, our staff consults with researchers, practitioners and thought leaders to understand the issues of significance and then develops strategies for effective grantmaking. We identify high-impact organizations that align with our interests and invite them to submit a proposal. Additionally, the Foundation reserves a portion of its funds to be allocated at the discretion of the trustees. Grants are generally approved at our biannual board meetings.
The Foundation provides single and multi-year grants to support nonprofit organizations through direct program funding and general operating grants, as well as endowments, scholarships, and capital campaigns.
The Foundation is a private family foundation endowed with the funds from the estate of the late J. Willard Marriott, Sr. It has no connection to Marriott International or Host Hotels & Resorts. Any proposals we accept are assessed strictly on their merits and not because of any corporate affiliation. Requests that refer to Marriott International or Host Hotels & Resorts will be returned.
When making grants, we seek out organizations that are creating significant, lasting, and transformational change—either through smart responses to today’s needs or through systemic solutions that address the root causes of society’s challenges. We look to help expand effective programs or facilitate new strategic partnerships and collaborations that have the possibility of becoming sustainable. A significant portion of our grantmaking is geographically focused on the D.C. metro area.
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation supports grantmaking across our focus areas:
For more information, please refer to the “What We Support” page.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be nonprofit organizations that are organized and operated for charitable purposes and recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt public charities under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Public educational institutions without an IRS determination letter may also be eligible to receive grants.
The Marriott Foundation Does Not Fund
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. The Foundation invites proposals twice annually on March 1 and September 1. Effective November 2015, the Foundation no longer accepts paper applications and has moved to an online application process. We are requiring this process via our website to ensure that we are collecting consistent information from all applicants. Due to the volume of requests we receive, and our small staff size, we regret that we are unable to respond to requests received by mail. If your organization was invited by a Foundation trustee or staff member to submit a proposal for consideration, you will be provided with a link to register on our grantee portal. Using the portal, grantees can complete and submit proposals and track their progress through our grant cycle. Should a grant request be successfully approved, grantees will be asked to sign and submit the final grant agreement and follow up reports online. Full directions on how to apply are provided within the online portal.
Please note that the Foundation accepts only one application per grantee per year. Organizations receiving multi-year grants are only eligible to apply for new funding in the grant cycle following receipt of their final installment payment. Due to the volume of requests, we ask that organizations that have received a decline wait a full year before resubmitting a request.
Current grantees of the Foundation who have questions regarding applying for funding, please feel free to reach out to your Foundation contact.
All proposals are reviewed by Foundation staff. Staff may contact applicants with questions and request more information before presenting a summary of each proposal and a funding recommendation to the board of trustees. Proposals are assessed based on:
The ultimate grantmaking decision resides with the trustees and is usually determined during the Foundation’s bi annual board meetings. Once a decision is made, applicants are generally notified within two weeks.
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation is a private family foundation endowed with funds from the estate of the late J. Willard Marriott, Sr. We have no connection to, and do not receive any funds from, Marriott International.
We have no connection to Marriott International and cannot help with discounts on Marriott hotel rooms, events, silent auction items, or Marriott Rewards points.
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation accepts proposals by invitation only. We have a very small staff and do not have the capacity to evaluate unsolicited grant proposals. Consequently, we sincerely regret that we are not able to respond to unsolicited funding inquiries or proposals. Please note that we no longer accept requests by mail.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be nonprofit organizations that are organized and operated for charitable purposes and recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt public charities under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Public educational institutions without an IRS determination letter may also be eligible to receive grants. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, government agencies, for-profit businesses, or private foundations.
We do not provide scholarships or any other kind of support to individuals. The Foundation only supports registered nonprofit organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
At this time, the Foundation does not accept requests for PRIs. We only make grants to registered nonprofit organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Foundation does not make grants to organizations that do not have a Federal Tax ID number.
We highly recommend that nonprofit organizations conduct an annual audit as a best practice. We require a copy at proposal submission. For small organizations that do not conduct an audit, we will accept the most recent 990.
The Foundation accepts applications by invitation only, twice annually, in the spring and fall. As of November 2015, we have moved to an online application process. Current grantees should ask their Foundation contact for a registration link and log-in information.
As of November 2015, we have moved to an online application process and are no longer accepting printed proposals. Current grantees should ask their Foundation contact for a registration link and log-in information. If you need help with registration and the application, please let us know. We also have a number of resource documents available on the portal to help you.
We recommend that you apply for the funding that best fits your organization’s current needs.
Grantees are selected for general operating funding because the Foundation supports the organization’s overall mission and has assessed that its leadership and staff have the capacity to be good stewards of the grant. The funds are not restricted to specific activities but can be used by the grantee to carry out a range of activities that are aligned with their mission.
We encourage organizations with programs aimed at achieving specific outcomes to apply for a program grant. Program grants are restricted to the activities and goals outlined in the proposal and grant agreement and are expected to have a specific beginning and end, as well as explicit objectives.
Typically, the Foundation makes one-year grants. Multi-year grants are made only at the discretion of the trustees. Any multi-year requests should be discussed with your Foundation contact prior to submitting a grant proposal.
Funding provided by the Foundation is determined based on:
We limit grant applications to one per year. This restriction applies regardless of whether or not your initial request received funding.
All proposals are reviewed by Foundation staff. Staff may contact applicants with questions and request more information before presenting a summary of each proposal and funding recommendation to the board of trustees. The board meets twice annually, in the spring and fall.
The ultimate grantmaking decision resides with the trustees and is usually determined during the Foundation’s board meeting. Proposals are assessed based on:
Once the trustees’ decision is made, Foundation staff will notify all applicants using our grantee portal. Notice is generally given within two weeks of a decision. Please do not call or email to follow up on your request.
As of November 2015, we will be accepting grant reports using our grantee portal. Please ask your Foundation contact to provide you with a registration link and log-in information to get started. The portal is set up to prompt you with questions specific to the type of grant you were issued.
The due date for your final grant report is in the grant agreement signed at the time your grant is issued.
We only need one final report from each grant. If you submitted this when you sent in a new proposal request then you do not need to submit another one at a later date.
Organizations that receive multi-year grants should submit an interim grant report every year that they receive funding on the date listed in their grant agreement. A final grant report is due at the end of the grant period on the date listed in your grant agreement.