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Grants to California, South Dakota, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies for Programs in Education and Literacy


Geographic Focus

USA: California: Grass Valley and Nevada City, Kings Beach, South Lake Tahoe, TruckeeColorado: Eagle, Garfield, Grand , Moffat, Pitkin, Routt, Summit countiesNevada: Incline VillageSouth Dakota: Belle FourcheUtah: Park City

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Bessie Minor Swift Foundation Grants

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #165021

Grant Description

Grants of up to $3,000 to California, South Dakota, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado nonprofit organizations, schools, museums, and governmental institutions in eligible regions for programs in the areas of children's literacy, languages, and STEM and STEAM education for PreK-12 students. Programs must benefit residents of the communities served by print and digital publications in the Swift Communications, Inc. family.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to programs that provide direct service to help with the implementation or expansion of programs that promote:

  • Literacy for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading
  • Development of reading and writing skills at all age levels
  • Languages, STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged students

While the Foundation may occasionally provide grants for equipment or books alone, strong preference will be given to applications that incorporate project or program elements. The Foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature. Preference is given to small, targeted, low-budget programs and organizations that have limited outside resources from which to draw.  Preference is given to applications that utilize volunteers and organizations for whom Swift Communications employees are volunteers.

Applications are also considered from the community of interest served by Acres, Inc., a publisher of books and magazines and an organizer of events supporting production-scale organic and sustainable farming and soil health.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). Eligible public charities include the full range of charitable organizations, including educational, museums and arts organizations formed for charitable purposes.

The Foundation does not provide funding for:
- Annual funds, galas, or other special-event fundraising activities
- Capital campaigns/renovation projects
- Debt reduction
- Programs outside of the United States
- Loans, scholarships, fellowships or grants to individuals
- Dues or membership fees
- Dissertations or student research projects
- Indirect/administrative costs
- Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying or legislative activities
- Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation in policy or in practice

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for 2022 grants are being accepted from now through February 15, 2022.

Applications will either be declined or approved by May 1 in the year they are submitted.




Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request that will be considered is $500 and the maximum grant request is $3,000.

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