Bessie Minor Swift Foundation accepting grant applications from Moffat County |

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation accepting grant applications from Moffat County

Craig Press staff report

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation announced today that it is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Moffat 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 May 1. The fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $3,000.

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 supports STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, as well. The foundation also occasionally supports 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 local organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt. More information is available on the website.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation was formed by the owners and founders of Swift Communications, the company which owns and operates the Craig Press and

Bessie Minor Swift was mother of Philip Swift, founder of Swift Communications. Bessie was born June 29, 1887 in Onaga, Kansas. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, then moved to Blackburn, Missouri, where she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse.

Phil Swift recalled 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.

Nonprofit organizations in the area are encouraged to apply.

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