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Nevada, Utah, and Colorado for Programs in Arts, STEM, and Literacy

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation Grants

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Bessie Minor Swift Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/15/21

Description:

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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.

Grants will be awarded only to organizations that are located within the communities served by print and digital publications in the Swift Communications, Inc. family. Those include:

  • California: Grass Valley and Nevada City, Kings Beach, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee
  • Colorado: Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Moffat, Pitkin, Routt, Summit counties
  • Nevada: Incline Village
  • South Dakota: Belle Fourche
  • Utah: Park City

The Foundation will also consider applications 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.

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

The Foundation believes interaction has a powerful positive impact on literacy, reading and interdisciplinary studies.

When reviewing applications, the Foundation relies heavily on the following criteria:

  • Fit with its Mission
  • How significant its role will be to the project or program
  • The number of people impacted
  • Creativity
  • Need

Preference is given to small, targeted, low-budget programs and organizations that have limited outside resources from which to draw.  The Foundation gives some preference to applications that utilize volunteers and organizations for whom Swift Communications employees are volunteers.

A significant level of preference will also be given to organizations applying for grants that are located within the communities served by daily and/or weekly newspapers in the Swift Communications, Inc. family of publications and websites

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165021

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Grants are awarded for a one-year period. Occasionally grants are awarded to a prior recipient or the extension of a program into the following year is approved, but follow-on grants will always be for a new program or a new aspect of a program.

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 which include educational institutions, governmental institutions and publicly supported charitable organizations.

The Foundation prefers to not give funds for events that last just one to two days.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted using the website form no later than February 15. Applications will either be declined or approved by May 1 in the year they are submitted.

Eligibility: https://bessieminorswift.org/information/eligibility/

FAQs: http://bessieminorswift.org/information/frequently-asked-questions/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://bessieminorswift.org/2021-application/

If you have questions you can submit them to grants@bessieminorswift.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Grass Valley and Nevada City, Kings Beach, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee;   Colorado: Eagle, Garfield, Grand , Moffat, Pitkin, Routt, Summit counties;   Nevada: Incline Village;   South Dakota: Belle Fourche;   Utah: Park City

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