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. Swift Foundation reviews LOIs on a rolling basis. Once the initial LOI is submitted, applicants will be notified of the next steps within two weeks after the inquiry. Approximately two weeks after the LOIs deadline, if an organization meets our thematic and regional requirements, the foundation invites organizations to submit full proposals. Full proposals are due three weeks after receiving the invitation. Swift Foundation has recently changed its grantmaking process in order to better serve the community of our partner-grantees, meet their needs and reduce the time between the initial inquiry, proposal and a final board decision on grants. We have moved away from twice a year docket approvals tied to Board meetings to four-five electronic dockets a year. 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.