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Swift grants available to boost literacy

Mike Bennett

As an advocate to help build better community, I am proud to announce that through our parent company, Swift Communications, we are now taking applications for grants to help the cause. Our primary goal is to promote literacy, reading and writing skills. We also support programs to fund the arts, languages and sciences.

Phil Swift, the founder of our parent company, along with other owners, formed the Bessie Minor Smith Foundation in 2008. Since then, $234,000 in grants have been awarded, including $61,269 last year to organizations in the markets where we publish.

When applying for a grant, our criteria calls for detail on how many people will be helped by the organization’s project and how significant a role the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation will play in the program.

Applicants must provide a complete description of the project, including objectives and strategies to meet those objectives, explain how the project will be evaluated and submit a budget. Recipients will report on their results and insights from their program once the projects are completed.

The application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information and to access a grant application, visit the Bessie Minor website at http://www.bessieminorswift.org.

Since the program’s inception, grants have been awarded to the following Garfield County organizations:

• Literacy Outreach in Glenwood Springs

• Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale

• Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale

• Carbondale Council on Arts and the Humanities

• Family Visitor Program of Garfield County

• Raising a Reader, covering Aspen through Parachute

• Yampah Mountain School in Glenwood Springs

• Garfield County School District 16 in Parachute

• Garfield County Public Library Foundation

• Elk Creek Elementary School in New Castle

• Ross Montessori School in Carbondale

Garfield County is the home of numerous organizations that give back. Please take the time to apply for your grant.

I hope to see a large share of grants awarded here. Look for follow-up stories on the grants awarded this year, along with how the money will be used.

Michael Bennett is publisher of the Post Independent.

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