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

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 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 Terrorist Actions 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
Qualifed Expenses that are covered by grants Misc Food - immediate needs only (usually applicable up to 2-4 weeks after the Event)
Clothing - immediate needs only (sually applicable up to 2-4 weeks after the Event)
Reasonable evacuation expenses resulting from an Event
Reasonable funeral, travel and burial expenses
Medical Expenses Significant medical expenses not eligible for insurance reimbursement
Prescription medications not covered by insurance
Travel expenses related to the medical care
Housing 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
Transportation 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
Misc Psychological counseling deemed by a physician to be necessary following an Event and is in excess of what is covered by insurance
Expenses resulting from flight from domestic violence such as temporary
Unable to work due to the event
Unexpected child care up to 60 days

»» 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

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