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Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation

(formerly Switzer Foundation)

P.O. Box 293

Belfast, ME United States 04915-0293

Telephone: (207) 338-5654


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $18,357,728

Total giving: $496,834





Additional Contact Information

Application e-mail:


Established in 1985 in OH

Purpose and Activities

Graduate fellowships awarded for one year to individuals most apt to be leaders in environmental fields. Only awarded to students in CA, and in New England. Grants also to environmental non-profits to hire Switzer Fellow(s) in leadership positions.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Grants to Individuals Program

Fellowships by application only to individuals from New England and CA whose studies are directed toward improving the quality of the natural environment.

Professional Development Fund

A program designed to provide support for professional development for Switzer Fellowship Alumni only. Funds may be requested for training in nonprofit 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. Awards are made on a rolling basis. See foundation Web site for application guidelines.

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program

The goal of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program is to support highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate leadership in their field. Awards have been made to students pursuing environmental policy studies, economics, engineering, public health, and law as well as the more traditional sciences: biology, chemistry and physics. Technical knowledge, analytical skills and environmental experience are important components of a successful application, regardless of field of study. Please see foundation web site for contact and application information.

Switzer Leadership Grant Program

Funds are available for non-profit organizations and public agencies to hire a Switzer Fellow in a leadership staff or consulting position to work on a critical environmental issue. See web site for guidelines and requirements.

Switzer Network Innovation Grant

Funds are made available to assist Fellows from a diverse sector of fields in developing and working on collaborative projects.

Fields of Interest

  • Environment
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Extremely poor people
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $18,357,728 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,085,092

Total giving: $496,834

Qualifying distributions: $971,924