Switzer Foundation: Professional Development Grants

Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Graduate Student Working Professional

Funding uses: Conference, Training / Capacity Building

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire Expand all

Location of citizenship: United States

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This small grant program is designed to provide direct support for professional development for Switzer Fellows only. This program recognizes that funding for professional development is not readily available in the public sector and that environmental leaders benefit from new skills and opportunities to broaden their networks.

Switzer Fellows may request funds for training in non-profit management, communications, leadership, or other relevant professional skills or for attendance at a conference or other professional activity that will clearly advance the Fellow's career goals.  Past grants have funded Fellows to attend conferences that offered key networking opportunities or a chance to present their work to colleagues; participate in specific skills trainings like negotiation, facilitation, etc.; and to participate in leadership development programs for executive directors and other senior non-profit staff.

The aim is to be responsive to Switzer Fellows and organizations most in need of support for professional development opportunities who would not otherwise be able to finance their participation. Grants may be made directly to the Switzer Fellow or to their employer if is it a 501(c)3 charitable organization or public agency or institution. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible, Fellows must have completed their Fellowship year.
  • Professional Development Grants are for Fellows who are professionally employed or continuing their graduate studies that focus on improvement of environmental quality and conditions.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. This grant is available to Switzer Fellows, who have completed their fellowship year.