...it's about YOU and YOUR FAMILY


Thank you for visiting the new SWAPAfamily website and welcome to the new era of strength and unity in the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA). I couldn’t be more proud to lead the membership as President at this time. Changes in the way we think as SWAPA members and our determination to succeed in the upcoming contract negotiations with Southwest Airlines mark an unprecedented period in SWAPA history. One of the most significant things we are introducing in this new era is our family awareness program called SWAPAfamily. Because protecting and enhancing our family’s quality of life is so important, we want you to be informed about what’s going on as well as know about all the resources that are available to you under the SWAPA umbrella. The Pilot contract affects every Southwest Pilot and every Southwest Pilot’s family from pay to benefits to retirement.

As we develop the SWAPAfamily program, there will be lots of opportunities to get to know one another and share information about what’s going on. Currently, our SWAPAfamily team is touring around our system hosting events affording members and their families the chance to interact with each other as well as SWAPA representatives. In addition, through this website and future SWAPAfamily newsletters, you will find valuable information on the many services and resources that SWAPA offers its members. The SWAPA executives, staff and committee members are hard at work every day to protect and promote our profession as Pilots.

Your participation is essential to our success. Join me in supporting SWAPAfamily by attending one of our events and staying connected with news and information brought to you here on this website and social media channels. Sign up here on our website if you would like to volunteer to help us with Outreach!

Jon Weaks
President of SWAPA

Jon and his daughter

SWAPA Pilot Relief Fund

The SWAPA Pilot Relief Fund was created to help SWAPA members and their families, as well as SWAPA employees and their families, who are facing financial hardship immediately after a natural disaster or an unforeseen personal hardship. The SWAPA Pilot Relief Fund relies primarily on individual donations from Pilots and SWAPA employees to fund this program. Every contribution helps, and when combined with the donations of others, can provide the help a fellow Pilot, staff member, or their family needs when facing the unexpected.

The SWAPA Pilot Relief Fund

A sudden disaster strikes your community or a member of your family faces a personal, financial hardship — whatever the scenario, the SWAPA Pilot Relief Fund can provide a means of immediate financial assistance to SWAPA members and their families in times of need.

The Pilot Relief Fund also establishes a means for SWAPA members to make tax-deductible donations to help other members and their families in the event of emergencies or catastrophic events. Those who qualify will receive a tax-free grant.

The SWAPA Pilot Relief Fund is now set up and fully operational. Our membership and SWAPA staff can both donate as well as apply for a grant.

Donate to the SWAPA Pilot Relief Fund

  • Automatic Payroll Deduction
  • By credit card on the web portal – PayPal - https://emergencyassistancefdn.org/swapa-pilot-relief-fund-donation/
  • Text-to-Give – Text the keyword “SWAPA” to 50155 and follow the prompts
  • By sending a check to:
    Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc.
    Center for Philanthropy – SWAPA Pilot Relief Fund
    700 South Dixie Highway, Suite 102
    West Palm Beach, FL 33401

How to APPLY for a grant

»» Who can apply?

  • SWAPA members employed by Southwest Airlines on the date of the application
  • SWAPA members on approved medical leave or an approved leave of absence for no more than one year
  • SWAPA employees
  • In the case of death of a member or employee, eligible dependents may apply
  • Click Here for further instructions and the online application

»» What occurred for which you can receive a grant?

Qualified Expenses that are Covered by Grants
Medical Expenses
Significant medical expenses not eligible for insurance reimbursement Prescription medications not covered by insurance Travel expenses related to the medical care Psychological counseling deemed by a physician to be necessary following an Event and is in excess of what is covered by insurance
Housing and Necessities
Rent: temporary housing up to 30 days Reasonable repairs to damaged property Essential appliances and furnishings Essential utillities (gas, water and electricity) Security deposits (for new housing if unable to inhabit existing home) Mortgage or rent assistance for primary residence Adaptive improvements and solutions related to the Event Food - immediate needs only (usually applicable up to 2-4 weeks after the Event) Clothing - immediate needs only (usually applicable up to 2-4 weeks after the Event) Reasonable evacuation expenses resulting from an Event Reasonable funeral, travel and burial expenses
Repairs other than routine maintenance, or repairs that could not have been avoided Cost of public or commercial transportation Cost of rental up to 30 days Expenses resulting from flight from domestic violence such as temporary
Unable to work due to the event Unexpected child care up to 60 days
Qualified Events that are Covered by Grants
Natural Disaster such as flood, fire, tornado, earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, blizzard, drought, cyclone, hurricane, typhoon or severe storms
Disaster resulting from an accident involving a common carrier such as buses, trains, ferry, planes or trucks
Military Deployment (employee, spouse or domestic partner called to active duty)
Impacts primary residence: fire, flood or unusual life-altering expense not covered by insurance
Serious illness or injury - not coverd by insurance for employee or their eligible dependent
Non-routine/exceptional medical expense - not covered by insurance for employee or their eligible dependent
Victim of a violent crime
Domestic abuse
Death of employee or their immediate family member
Terrorist Actions

»» When can you apply to receive a grant?

Component SWAPA Model
Days after event that application may be submitted 1 year
Application submissions are limited to 1 every 12 months
If grant is not approved, applicant may re-apply 6 months after date of non-approval
Maximum Grant (at this time) $2,500
Minimum Grant $500
Grant payments limited to vendors only No

»» Additional Details:

  • The review and selection process is administered by the Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. (EAF), which is a U.S. 501c(3) tax-exempt, public, nonprofit organization with approval specifically for Employee/Member Hardship and Disaster Relief Funds.
  • Once your application is complete, normal turnaround time is within 10 business days. Applicants can view and download their application after it is submitted.
  • Your application is confidential, and security of your personal information that the EAF may receive in connection with the SWAPA Pilot Relief Fund will be processed in accordance with the Privacy and Cookie Statement provided on the application.


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