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. 

For the 2023 grant cycle, the Mimi Washington Starrett Foundation will accept newly developed 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. Typical application requests range from $5,000-$50,000, though there are no specific guidelines on the amount requested.

Application Guidelines

Incorporated as 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service
Not classified as 501(c)(3) public charities by the Internal Revenue Service
Benefit and serve the greater Morris County, NJ area
No active nondiscrimination policy for employees and services
Animal Welfare, inclusive access to The Arts, Local Economic Development and Progress, Conservation and Preservation, equal access to Educational Opportunities, mental and physical Health and Wellness, Addiction and Homelessness
Individuals, loans, general fundraising benefits and events, endowment campaigns
Grants supporting specified projects and/or general operating expenses
Research unless it contains an explicit and practical application or outcome
Solicited or unsolicited grants
Candidates for political office or to lobby in support/against legislation or political action
1-year or multi-year grants
Religious organizations and activities, with the exception of grants related to the aforementioned areas of interest

Required Documentation

Process Timeline

The application portal will be open from Monday, February 27, 2023 at 9am until Friday, March 31, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. After that, no applications will be accepted during the current grant cycle.

Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be accepted. If the reviewer has questions regarding the application, they will contact you for clarification or further information. If there is more than one person involved in completing the application, you may collaborate using different usernames within your organization's Submittable account. Please note, there are program limitations on multiple people working on the application simultaneously.

You will receive email confirmation when your application has been submitted. Applications will be reviewed through July 2023. Those applications requiring a site visit will be contacted by June 1, 2023. The objective of a site visit is to learn more about the organization and address any final questions so the final evaluation may be fully informed and complete. A site visit does not ensure a grant award.

By August 16, 2023, recommendations for grant awards will be made to the MimiWashington Starrett Foundation Board of Trustees for review and discussion. Final decisions on all applications will be made by September 13, 2023. All applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their application by October 2, 2023.

If you are notified that your application did not receive a grant, we encourage you to remain in touch with the Mimi Washington Starrett Foundation through our website and social media outlets to learn about future opportunities.

If your application is awarded a grant, you will receive a Grant Agreement. You can expect to work closely with the Mimi Washington Starrett Foundation to outline the terms of the agreement, the terms of awarding the funds, and next steps to take together.

Funding Timeline

Grantee partners can expect to receive grant funding by the end of 2023 as outlined in the Grant Agreement. Grant awards less than $50,000 may be awarded in full. Grant awards above $50,000 may be required to be distributed throughout the life of the grant project, as goals or objectives are met and reported upon as outlined in the Grant Agreement.
If you have questions throughout your application process, you may email them to mimi@mwstarrettfoundation.org, and can expect a response within 24 business hours. If your question pertains to the actual online form, please contact Submittable using the “help”button on the application page.