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The Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Projects that
Positively Impact Individuals in Need

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for a broad range of activities to positively impact those in need. Funding is intended to assist organizations to create new services or expand existing services. Priority consideration will be based on the degree of impact the project will have on the lives of people in need and the cost per individual helped.

Organizations are expected to provide evidence that their project will be successful, that the budget for the project has been accurately prepared and researched fully, and that the project could not be funded out of their existing resources.

Special Interests:

The Swett Foundation is always eager to explore new ways to make a difference so is anxious to hear of new possibilities. If your project represents a new venture, please do not be discouraged from applying.

Although funding is not limited to these areas, by exploring new projects in the past, the Foundation has developed a particular interest in:
-Finding new ways to truly make a difference in the lives of people in need,
-Matching or challenge grants whereby a grant from the Swett Foundation can be used to obtain further funds,
-Supporting adoption of orphans or foster children,
-Supporting the homeless,
-Supporting disadvantaged youth,
-Finding ways to make a pivotal impact on the nonprofit organization itself and thus increase its current and/or future services to people in need. [This does not include bailing the organization out from previous fiscal irresponsibility].

As a small family foundation, the Swett Foundation regrettably cannot fund all worthy projects. Priority for funding is based on the degree of difference the project will make in the lives of people in need and the cost per individual helped. This is a useful yardstick to use in evaluating the likelihood that your project will receive funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162355

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Swett Foundation is required by law to limit its funding to nonprofit organizations based in the United States and granted a tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Types of projects that are not funded by the Swett Foundation:
-Projects submitted by individuals.
-Projects submitted by organizations based outside the US.
-Projects which benefit animals.
-Projects which involve the building or renovation of facilities.
-Projects involving medical research.
-Projects involving environmental causes.
-Projects involving discriminatory practices in the selection of individuals to be helped.
-Projects to organizations which support practices that may harm human life.
-Projects involving organizations with large endowments or large amounts of available funding.
-Projects involving organizations which have a high percentage of expenditures involved with fundraising or administrative costs in relation to program services.
-Projects involving organizations that have not demonstrated fiscal responsibility.
-Projects benefiting the arts.
-While not excluded from consideration outright, projects benefiting people in need through the arts have historically not been funded primarily because other competing organizations at the time were determined to have a more direct beneficial impact. If this describes your project, please consider this information in determining if it is worth your while to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The Swett Foundation is currently accepting applications for 2019 grants.

Next Cycle of Review:
- Application Deadline: July 1, 2019
- Final Decision: September 2019

Grant applications are evaluated and voted on for approval at the Foundation's Board meetings which are held 3 to 4 times a year. Funds are usually immediately available for dispersal after approval.

As a general rule, the Foundation usually has a meeting in Fall (September or October), Winter (January or February), and Spring (April or May). At that time, the Foundation will review all applications that it has had the time to fully evaluate. It is beneficial to submit your application as far as possible in advance of these time periods as the trustees must spend a fair amount of time doing their due diligence to determine where your project might fit into the priorities for funding.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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The Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation
C/O Lionsbridge Wealth Management
1514 Roberts Drive
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250


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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming