We are excited to announce our funding application for Fall 2020!

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with decisions made at Friends of Swift board meetings. To ensure consideration, submit one week prior to each meeting:

  • September 15 (submit by September 8)
  • October 13 (submit by October 6)
  • November 17 (submit by November 10)
  • December 8 (submit by December 1)
  • January 12 (submit by January 5)
  • February 9 (submit by February 2)

June 25, 2021

Friends of Swift will distribute up to $3,500, on a rolling basis, in the first two quarters of the school year. Additional funds will be available for distribution later in the school year. Individuals or groups may submit multiple applications, but funds distributed to an individual or group will be capped at $500. Approved projects will be reimbursed for actual approved costs, upon submission of receipts (dated after July 1, 2020).

Friends of Swift (FOS) funds projects that forward our mission and align with our values. Funding is intended to provide supplemental resources to George B. Swift Specialty School teachers, staff, administration, and parent and student groups. We generally do not fund capital improvements or basic educational materials such as textbooks, salaries, or other items that are the responsibility of Chicago Public Schools and which are beyond our means to support. Examples of projects to be funded might include: after school programs; creative and hands-on classroom projects; engaging and interactive ideas for remote learning; school-wide or grade-level collaborative projects; professional development for teachers; or family and parent engagement.

Please complete the application here.


For 2019-2020, we are reviewing programs that have been funded in recent years, and intend to fund those that have consistently received support. We will not be funding any new programs this school year.

Past Programs Funded

Friends of Swift funds have supported a variety of programs (more details soon). Our major “founding” project funded by Friends of Swift was the 2016 auditorium renovation.

Friends of Swift Projects

Friends of Swift also uses funds raised to lead community-building efforts. These projects include coffee on the first day of school, the back-to-school picnic, movie nights, and more.