Swift Foundation: Grants for Environmental Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Swift Foundation’s conservation grantmaking often centers on indigenous populations.

IP TAKE: This funder geographically focuses its grantmaking on the Pacific Northwest, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, North America Native Networks and Africa.  

PROFILE: Established in 1999 by John Swift, the Swift Foundation follows its founder’s lifelong commitment to “[o]rganizations protecting the environment, investing in community wellbeing, and promoting sustainable agriculture.” In 2009, the foundation expanded its grantmaking to mission-related investing, indigenous peoples rights and protecting biodiversity. The foundation’s current grantmaking programs include Regenerative Land Stewardship & Protecting Biocultural Diversity, Resilient Local Economies, Global Networks and Collaborations, and Visionaries and Innovations.

Swift’s Regenerative Land Stewardship & Protecting Biocultural Diversity program “[s]upports organizations working to restore diverse ecosystems and agricultural landscapes, and organizations working to protect and revitalize biological and cultural diversity.” This work includes preserving ecosystems, protecting sacred sites, restoring wild salmon fisheries, land rights advocacy, expanding agroecological farming systems and reviving indigenous crops and wild game.

Grants amounts may range from $10,000 to $75,000, but most first grants range between $20,000 and $35,000. Past conservation grantees include EarthRights International, which received funding for its work protecting communities threatened by extractive industries and infrastructure projects; and Gaia Amazonas, for its work protecting the biological and cultural diversity of the Amazon rainforest. To learn more about the type of organizations Swift supports, explore its grantee partners page.

The Swift Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry. The foundation reviews LOIs in January and July.

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