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Bessie Minor Swift Foundation Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Arts, STEM
and Literacy Projects for PreK-12 Students

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Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, schools, museums, and governmental institutions for programs in the areas of literacy, art, and STEM for PreK-12 students. Preference will be given to organizations within the Funding Source's service area, including:

- California: Grass Valley and Lake Tahoe
- Colorado: Aspen and Snowmass, Craig, Eagle County (Vail), Glenwood Springs, Grand County, Greeley, Steamboat Springs, Summit County, and Windsor
- Nevada: Carson City, Fallon, and Reno
- South Dakota: Belle Fourche
- Texas: Austin
- Utah: Park City

Specifically, 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

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

- Fit with the Foundation's Mission
- How significant the Foundation's role will be to the project or program
- The number of people impacted
- Creativity
- Need

Some preference is given to applications that utilize volunteers and organizations for whom Swift Communications employees are volunteers. While the Bessie Minor Swift 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 to draw from. Further, the Foundation prefers not to give funds for events that last just one to two days.

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 approved for the extension of a program into the following year, 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. Eligible public charities include the full range of charitable organizations, including educational, museums and arts organizations formed for charitable purposes.

Preference will be given to organizations in the Foundation's service area. As of 2017, Swift Communications is pleased to add Austin, Texas, Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Craig, Colorado to the list of communities served. See the link in Grant Coverage areas for more information.

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 will be accepted between January 1 and February 15 of 2018.

You will receive confirmation of your submission within two days. If you do not receive a confirmation within that period please don’t hesitate to email the Foundation. In some cases, a telephone conference may be scheduled as part of the review process. Applications will either be declined or approved by May 1.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Grass Valley and Lake Tahoe;   Colorado: Aspen and Snowmass, Craig, Eagle County (Vail), Glenwood Springs, Grand County, Greeley, Steamboat Springs, Summit County, and Windsor;   Nevada: Carson City, Fallon, and Reno;   South Dakota: Belle Fourche;   Texas: Austin;   Utah: Park City