Swift Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Swift Foundation’s global grantmaking often centers on indigenous populations and building sustainable local economies.

IP TAKE: This funder geographically focuses its grantmaking on the Pacific Northwest, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, 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 Resilient Local Economies program invests in social entrepreneurs working to improve local economies. This work often includes assistance to small-scale farmers, small business development and programs promoting economic stability for marginalized populations.

Though grants typically range from $10,000 to $75,000, most first-time  grants receive awards between $20,000 and $35,000. Past global development grantees include Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, which received funding for its work creating equitable local economies; and Ecodecision, which received a grant for its work in biodiversity conservation and sustainable rural livelihood. 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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