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The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Garfield County. Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the arts, languages and sciences. Applications will be accepted until March 1, and decisions will be made by May 1. The fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2,500.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to organizations that provide direct service to help with the implementation of expansion of literacy programs for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, and to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels. Further, the foundation supports programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children. More than $125,000 in grants have been awarded since 2008. The foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for technology. The foundation also prefers to award 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 foundation’s website.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Bessie Minor Swift was mother of Philip Swift, the founder of Swift Communications.

If you want to get smart about money management in 2013, come see what the Bible has to say about principles of finance through the Financial Peace University. Crossroads Baptist Church, 719 Garden Lane, Rifle, is sponsoring the Financial Peace University class beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. An introduction to the course will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, and anyone interested is invited to attend. The cost for the class is $95, and further info is available at or 970-618-6556.

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