Bessie Minor Swift Foundation accepting grant applications
January 10, 2018
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Greeley and the surrounding area. Grants will be awarded to institutes that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and language, science and interdisciplinary programs. Grant applications must be for a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $3,000. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15, and recipients will be announced May 1.
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to organizations that implement or expand literacy programs for children who read below grade level or have difficulty reading and writing, as well as organizations that develop reading and writing skills at all age levels. It also supports STEM programs. Since 2008, the foundation has awarded more than $450,000 in grants. Its target organizations are tax exempt and have low fundraising budgets.
The foundation was founded in honor of Bessie Minor Swift, who was the mother of Philip Swift, the founder of Swift Communications, The Greeley Tribune's parent company. Bessie was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Blackburn, Mo., in the early 20th century and continually reinforced the value of education in Phil's life.