Southwest Airlines: Grants for Disasters

OVERIVEW: Southwest Airlines supports organizations that help communities prepare for disasters as well as those responding to regions affected by disaster.

IP TAKE: Southwest is vague about its grant amounts. Grantseekers should contact this corporate funder before applying to ensure that its grantmaking fits their needs.

PROFILE: Southwest Airlines’ corporate Charitable Giving program encompasses four main areas of grantmaking: Disaster Recovery, Community Outreach, National Giving, and Local Giving.

In the disaster relief and recovery field, Southwest works closely with national disaster relief organizations, which focus on “preparedness and response during times of need.” Southwest regularly partners with the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, All Hands Volunteers, Americares, and Toolbank USA. The airline also supports other disaster preparedness and response organizations through its Charitable Giving programs.

Unfortunately, Southwest does not disclose the dollar value of individual grants. According to its website, last year it received about 15,000 donation requests and distributed close to 39,000 tickets “for a combined value of more than $19 million in total contributions.” Southwest offers both cash grants and in-kind donations.

Southwest accepts unsolicited grant applications through its online portal only and no longer accepts submission via mail. Grantseekers must submit applications at least 60 in advance of their anticipated funding needs. Southwest accepts one submission per organization per calendar year and there are currently no deadlines for funding application submissions.

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