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Step 1: Determine if your project is a suitable candidate for funding.

To determine if your project is a suitable candidate for funding from the Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation, please read the following information.

Funding priorities:
In its mission to make a difference in the lives of people in need, the Swett Foundation is seeking to provide the funding to non-profit organizations that will be pivotal to the organization's ability to expand, create new services or otherwise support people in need.

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. 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.

Exclusions:
As a small family foundation, we recognize we can not be all things to all people so, with great reluctance, we have had to exclude certain types of projects as listed below which do not fully fit our mission, our capability, or our priorities.

Types of projects that are not funded by the Swett Foundation:
  • projects submitted by individuals. [The Swett Foundation is required by law to limit its funding to non-profit organizations based in the United States and granted a tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code]. If you are looking for assistance with an individual adoption we suggest you apply for a cash grant from the Gift of Adoption Fund at http://www.giftofadoption.org.
  • projects submitted by organizations based outside the US (see above).
  • projects which benefit animals. [Our trustees' hearts are greatly attached to animals but more so to the people they love].
  • projects which involve the building or renovation of facilities.
  • projects involving medical research.
  • projects involving environmental causes. [We recognize that environmental causes impact the quality of human life but we are hoping to find projects with a more immediate and direct impact].
  • 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.
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 for us, 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 non-profit 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].
What now?
We hope that by reading this information you have determined that your project IS a suitable candidate for funding from the Swett Foundation! You may now want to check the "Timeline of Grant Application Review, Approval, and Fund Dispersal" page of this web site to see if our timeline for reviewing your grant will meet your needs. If so, go on to Step 2 to learn what information you will need to gather in order to submit a grant application.