We strive to positively impact the areas of greatest need and effect the most good.

Mimi and Cliff devoted passion, time, and resources to support diverse causes in the greater Morris County community. The Foundation is proud to continue to share their values and vision for generations to come. We are dedicated to learning about the needs within the community so that we may offer partnership and support in the place Mimi and Cliff called home.

Areas of Interest

In alignment with our mission, we provide grants to the below areas of interest. To provide sufficient consideration to the growing number of applicants, the areas of interest have been categorized into two grant cycles. This allows each organization to apply for a grant annually, as consistent with our previous grant cycle. It also allows for MWSF to dedicate the time required to establish meaningful relationships with applicants, give fair due diligence and consideration to each application, and to continue to offer Beyond Grantmaking opportunities. If you have questions related to the Areas of Interest, please contact us.

Community Services

Cognitive disability support; community wellness; health services; local economic development; public legal services; veterans’ affairs

Environment & Animal Welfare

Environmental conservation & preservation; food, service & domestic animal welfare; wildlife conservation

Human Services

Addiction & recovery; child protection & domestic violence; food insecurity; homelessness & housing assistance; mental health services

The Arts & Culture

Access to the arts; arts education; historical conservation & preservation


Equitable access to educational opportunities

Application Guidelines

We seek and value opportunities to build meaningful relationships with our grantees. We believe in providing flexible resources to help further shared missions, goals, and organizational sustainability. We are open to considering applications for existing and innovative programs and projects, general operating support, and single-year and multi-year funding. 

The Mimi Washington Starrett Foundation accepts newly developed grant applications and/or applications previously submitted to the MWS Foundation, those submitted to opportunities outside of the MWS Foundation, as well as the NJ and NY Common Application. We ask that you ensure all required information is included in your submission. Typical application requests and awards range from $5,000-$50,000, though there are no specific guidelines on the amount requested.

Grants which benefit the greater Morris County area
Solicited or unsolicited grants
Grants supporting specified projects and/or general operating expenses
1-year or multi-year grants
Certified 501(c)(3) public charities by the IRS
Demonstrate an active nondiscrimination policy for employees and services

We do not offer grants to: individuals, for loans,  general fundraising, benefits and events, endowment campaigns, research, unless it contains an explicit and practical application or outcome, to support candidates for political office or to lobby in support of or against legislation, or any political action, religious organizations and activities, with the exception of grants related to the aforementioned areas of interest.

How to Apply for a Grant

The 2024 grant application will open on June 1 and close at 5pm on June 30. The application may be accessed by clicking below or by creating an account with submittable.com and searching for the Mimi Washington Starrett Foundation.