Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants

This small grant program is designed to provide direct support for professional development for Switzer Fellows only. This program recognizes that funding for professional development is not readily available in the public sector and that environmental leaders benefit from new skills and opportunities to broaden their networks.

Switzer Fellows may request funds for training in non-profit management, communications, leadership, or other relevant professional skills or for attendance at a conference or other professional activity that will clearly advance the Fellow's career goals.  Past grants have funded Fellows to attend conferences that offered key networking opportunities or a chance to present their work to colleagues; participate in specific skills trainings like negotiation, facilitation, etc.; and to participate in leadership development programs for executive directors and other senior non-profit staff.

Grants may occasionally be made to other environmental leadership development programs that directly serve one or more Switzer Fellows. Awards of up to $500 are made on a rolling basis. Please see How to Apply and contact Erin Lloyd, Program Officer, for more information.  Grants will be made at the discretion of the Executive Director or Program Officer. Requests will be considered monthly to ensure rapid response time for requests

Spotlight on Leadership

Averting Extinction / Brad Keitt
One of the key values of the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation is environmental stewardship. We seek to protect, improve, and sustain our natural environment for the well-being of people and the planet. Island Conservation, a Santa Cruz nonprofit with UC Santa Cruz roots, has saved 389 species from possible extinction on 52 islands around the world. 1997 Switzer Fellow Brad Keitt is the Director of Conservation. "It's incredibly rewarding," said Keitt. "I feel lucky to have a job where I am making a difference that is so immediate yet lasting."Read more >

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