Southwest Airlines launched a competitive grant program to support communities across the United States. 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.

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 at website. The application is open through Oct. 22, 2018.  Recipients will be announced in early 2019.

The funds enabling this grant program are 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 gives Southwest the opportunity to more deeply invest in developing the workforce of tomorrow.