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Swift Foundation seeks applications for grants

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EAGLE COUNTY — The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation has announced it is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Eagle County. Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the arts, languages and sciences. Applications will be accepted through Monday, and recipients will be announced May 2. The foundation 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 programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children. More than $300,000 in grants has been awarded since 2008.

The foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for technology. The foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets and that are local in nature. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the Vail Daily and http://www.vaildaily.com. Bessie Minor Swift was mother of Philip Swift, the founder of Swift Communications. Bessie was born in Onaga, Kansas in 1887. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and then moved to Blackburn, Missouri, where she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse.

For more information, visit http://www.bessie minorswift.org or email grants@bessie minorswift.org.