Swift Foundation awarding literacy grants in Garfield County
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation, a project sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s parent company, is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Garfield County.
Grants will be awarded to select institutes that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the languages, sciences and interdisciplinary areas.
Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15, and recipients will be announced on May 1. The Fund will consider applications for grants requesting from $500 up to $3,000.
According to a press release, “The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to organizations that provide direct service to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, and also to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels.”
The Foundation also supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), as well. The Foundation also will occasionally support programs for adults.
More than $530,000 in grants has been awarded since 2008. The Foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for purchase of technology. The Foundation also favors awarding grants to organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature.
Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt. More information is available on the website [www.bessieminorswift.org].
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, the company which owns and operates the Post Independent, the Citizen Telegram in Rifle and http://www.postindependent.com.
Bessie Minor Swift was mother of Philip Swift, the founder of Swift Communications. Bessie was born in Onaga, Kansas on June 29, 1887. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and then moved to Blackburn, Missouri where she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse.
“Phil Swift recalls that the importance of education was reinforced throughout his upbringing not so much through statements or concrete expectations, but more through the example of his mother’s interest in English, reading, history and music,” according to the release.
Nonprofit organizations in Garfield County are encouraged to apply.
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