Leadership Grants

The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation created the Leadership Grant Program in 1990 to help advance the professional careers of Switzer Fellows and to give non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies greater access to individuals with superior technical, scientific or policy expertise. Grants are awarded to organizations actively addressing issues of environmental quality to implement programs designed collaboratively with Switzer Fellows. Leadership Grant projects may address any environmental issue; however, there must be a clear partnership between the Fellow and the non-profit agency that utilizes the Fellow’s expertise to build capacity for the organization and address a critical environmental issue.

Grants may support salary and project expenses for the Fellow of up to $40,000 for one year. Only Fellows who have completed their graduate studies are eligible for this program.

Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations with public charity status, government agencies and educational institutions which aim to employ a Switzer Fellow in a substantive role are eligible to apply for Leadership grants. (See ‘Past Recipients’ for a list of organizations that have received Leadership Grants in the past.)  The project or position must have an applied focus that will yield positive environmental change.

Organizations who are interested in partnering with a Switzer Fellow on a Leadership Grant application may post a project or job description on the Leadership Exchange section of this website.