Southwest Airlines announces $1 million donation dedicated to supporting communities

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Southwest Airlines Co. today launched a competitive grant program aimed at supporting communities across the United States where its People and Customers live, work, and play. Throughout its 47-year history, Southwest has been dedicated to championing its communities, and this million dollar grant program continues this commitment. The program is designed to support nonprofit organizations involved in three key focus areas: K-12 STEM Education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics); building a resilient workforce; and leadership development.

"This investment today helps the leaders of tomorrow get the start they need to build a solid foundation in these important focus areas," said Bob Jordan, Southwest's Executive Vice President of Corporate Services. "Whether in the air or on the ground, Southwest is committed to giving back to communities and investing in initiatives that help empower people to get their careers ready for take-off."

The funds enabling this grant program is part of the previously-announced $5 million Southwest set aside for charitable causes as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. It will provide Southwest a unique opportunity to more deeply invest in developing the workforce of tomorrow. The grant funds will be awarded from the Southwest Airlines Foundation, a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation®.

Qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations, including K-12 schools with an aviation focus, are invited to apply through Additional information about the application process, including evaluation criteria, can also be found on the website. The application is open now and will close on Oct. 22, 2018. Recipients will be announced in early 2019.