Switzer Foundation: Leadership Grant Program

Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $40,000

Next deadline: Sep 1, 2018 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Oct 1, 2018 (Full proposal), Feb 1, 2019 (Pre proposal), Mar 1, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity College / University

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation created the Leadership Grant Program to help advance the professional careers of Switzer Fellows and to give non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies greater access to individuals with superior technical, scientific or policy expertise. Grants are awarded to organizations actively addressing issues of environmental quality to implement programs designed collaboratively with Switzer Fellows.

Leadership Grant Projects may address any environmental issue; however, there must be a clear partnership between the Fellow and the non-profit agency that accomplishes three things:

  • Advances the professional career, expertise and leadership skills of a Switzer Fellow;
  • Builds the capacity of a non-profit or public agency to effectively address issues of environmental quality through the skills provided by the Switzer Fellow; and
  • Achieves measurable improvement on a specific environmental issue or condition through the work of the Switzer Fellow.

One-year grants of up to $40,000 are available to qualified organizations for projects which involve Switzer Fellows in a substantive leadership role. Fellows may be employed as full or part time staff or on a contractual or consulting basis. Funds are awarded to the organization, which is responsible for advising and mentoring the Fellow toward achieving his or her professional goals.

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  • U.S.-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations with public charity status, government agencies and educational institutions which aim to employ a Switzer Fellow in a substantive leadership role are eligible to apply.
  • The project or position must have an applied focus that will yield positive environmental change.
  • Support for Fellows doing international work may be considered as long as a U.S.-based host organization is the grantee and all other criteria are met.
  • Funds may be used to cover direct program costs, including salaries and benefits, consulting fees, travel, materials and equipment. 
  • Up to 15% of overhead recovery will be considered. 
  • Only those projects in which Fellows will make a significant contribution to research, policy or practice beyond the university will be considered.


  • For projects in which the Fellow will be based at a college or university, please be advised that projects which create new institutions, centers of study, or educational programs will not be eligible for Leadership Grant funding. 
  • A Fellow may not receive more than three years of funding through the Leadership Grant Program in one or more projects.
  • A single organization may only submit one concept letter per cycle and may not receive more than one grant per year.

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