The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation has four environmental grant programs that aim to identify and support environmental leaders. The cornerstone of all of our programs is the Switzer Environmental Fellowship, for which we select at least 20 new Switzer Fellows each year. Once Fellows are selected, they become part of the Switzer Fellowship Network that fosters leadership through skills training and peer coaching, professional development opportunities, and access to other Switzer Foundation grant programs described below. All Switzer Foundation grant programs are designed to offer a spectrum of support throughout a Fellow’s career.
The Switzer Leadership Grant Program is designed to advance the professional careers and leadership capacity of Switzer Fellows, and to give non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies access to a Switzer Fellow with superior technical, scientific or policy expertise. Leadership Grant Projects may address any environmental issue, however, there must be a clear partnership between the Fellow and the non-profit agency to build the capacity of the organization and utilize the Fellow’s expertise on a critical environmental issue. Grants of up to $40,000 for one year may support salary and project expenses for the Fellow.
The Switzer Network Innovation Grants program is designed to foster collaboration among Fellows, tapping the Switzer Fellowship Network's collective potential for innovation and action to advance progress on an issue. Prior to submitting a proposal, Fellows must reach out to the Switzer Fellowship Network to seek feedback on their ideas before requesting funding in order to expand their perspective on both problem definition as well as solutions.
The Professional Development Fund aims to support and facilitate the professional development and career advancement of Switzer Fellows. Professional Development Grants may be used for Fellow participation in conferences, professional meetings or trainings. The Foundation will consider Fellow requests for professional development support of up to $500.