Swantz Family Foundation
Swantz Family Foundation

Guidelines for Grantseekers


Due to ongoing market volitality, the Swantz Family Foundation will focus its 2023 giving on supporting current grantees. We regret that we are unable to accept proposals from organizations who did not receive funding from our foundation in 2022. 


We hope that by taking this year to conserve our resources that we will be able to rebuild our assets and reopen our RFP process in 2024. Please check back in January 2024 for updates.


Funding Guidelines

  • Only nonprofit charitable organizations, exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are eligible to receive a grant.
  • The Swantz Family Foundation accepts grant requests up to $5,000.
  • Please use the online form to submit your application. If the form below is not accessible, click here to open it in a new window. If you are unable to access the form by either of these means, you may download the Word version of the application and submit by email.
  • Grants are awarded for one year only. Projects in areas the Foundation has a special interest in may be considered for multi-year funding and larger gifts. Organizations may reapply from one year to the next.
  • If awarded, grant funds must be used only for the purposes for which the grant was made. Organizations are required to submit a final written report within 12 months of when the grant was made, which will include a narrative of project activities and a final accounting of how grant funds have been used.
  • The Swantz Family Foundation reserves the right to withhold and/or recover grant funds in the case that funds have been, or appear to be, misused.


Submission Instructions

  • Please submit all materials on or before March 1st through the online form or send via emaill to swantzff@gmail.com.
  • Questions can be directed to Jennifer Swantz, President, at swantzff@gmail.com.
  • Upon receipt of the completed proposal, the Foundation may request additional information or schedule a visit.



Swantz Family Foundation - Grant Application and Cover letter
Grant Application and Cover Letter.docx
Microsoft Word document [243.0 KB]
Grantee Final Report Form (for use by current grantees only)
Grantee Report form.docx
Microsoft Word document [242.1 KB]

2022 Grants Awarded

  • Ashokan Center - The Ashokan Experience
  • Bay Area Wilderness Training - General Support
  • BioCitizen Los Angeles - BioCitizen4All
  • Explore Austin - Leadership, Mentoring, and Outdoor Access
  • Friends of Cibolo Wilderness - Deep Roots
  • Fresh Air Family - General Support
  • Grow Portland - General Support
  • Raritan Headwaters Association - WaterWays Stream Ecology Program
  • Revision Education - Latitude Outdoor Leadership Training Program
  • Vamos Outdoors Project - Vamos Backpacking and Camping
  • Wild Canyon Discovery - General Support


2021 Grants Awarded

  • Backyard Basecamp- Red Fox & Blue Heron Program
  • Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary - General Support
  • Blue Sky Fund - Outdoor Leadership Institute
  • Creative Nomads LTD - Camp Dad
  • Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools - General Support
  • ElevateHer - empowerHER Summer 2021 Capstone on the San Juan River
  • Friends of Camp Natoma - Nature Explorers
  • Friends of Cibolo Wilderness - Deep Roots
  • Green Guerillas - The Youth Empowerment Pipeline
  • Ramapo for Children - Building Early Childhood Skills through Nature-based Activities
  • San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory - Youth Education Program: Migratory Birds STEAM Curriculum
  • The Ecology School - EcosySTEM Outdoor Education for Title 1 Students
  • Total Health Care, Inc. - The Center for Behavioral Health Therapy Garden
  • Trail Blazers - Farmstead
  • Wild Earth - General Support
  • Wolf Sanctuary - General Support


2019 Grants Awarded

  • Allison Woods Outdoor Education Center - Bird of Prey Program
  • Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary - General Operating Support
  • CitySprouts - Summer Youth Internship Program
  • ElevateHer - Expanding Program Opportunities for Rural Girls
  • Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park - Transportation to MacArthur Beach State Park Programs
  • Hawthorne Valley Association - Kids Can Cook Summer Camp
  • Hudson Highlands Nature Museum - Dulce Esperanza
  • North Cascades Institute - Mountain School
  • Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens - Nature Leadership Academy
  • Solar Youth - Steward Team
  • Wild Earth - Kingston Middle School Nature Connection
  • Yellowstone Forever - Expedition Yellowstone


2018 Grants Awarded

  • Allison Woods Outdoor Education Center - Watershed Exploration Program
  • Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary - General Operating Support
  • Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library - Backpack Lending Program
  • ElevateHer - Outdoor Adventures for Young Women
  • Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park - Transportation to MacArthur Beach State Park Programs
  • Grand Canyon Youth - Bat Monitoring on the Rivers of the Southwest
  • Ramapo for Children - Integrating Environmental Education into the Ramapo Leadership Program
  • Thorne Nature Experience - Nature Immersion Program
  • Wild Earth - Kingston Middle School Nature Connection
  • Wolf Conservation Center - General Operating Support
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