Swift Foundation considers inquiries only through recommendations from our Board members, staff, partner organizations and colleagues in the field. We do not accept unsolicited proposals.
The application process is divided into two stages:
- Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and
- The full application
The Letter of Inquiry can be submitted only after the organization has been invited to apply by the foundation. Once the initial LOI is submitted, applicants will be notified of the next steps within two weeks after the inquiry deadline. Swift Foundation reviews LOIs in January (for the Spring Review) and July (for the Fall Review). Due to the large number of inquiries the foundation receives, applicants are urged to present their materials within the timeframe outlined in the invitation. Approximately two weeks after the LOIs deadline, the foundation invites organizations to submit full proposals. Full proposals are due three weeks after receiving the invitation. Swift Foundation’s Board meets to review proposals twice a year, typically in May (Spring Review) and November (Fall Review). Most first-time grants are between $20,000 and $35,000 with exceptions for a particularly promising, innovative or start-up program, project or organization.
Swift Foundation funds both one-time program grants as well as long term partnerships. The foundation strives to build trust through long term partnerships and alliances with organizations. After a one-year grant Swift may consider a multi-year grant and in most cases a general support grant. All questions regarding Letters of Inquiry can be directed to Program Officer, Galina Angarova via our Contact Us Page.