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Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards three grants to Grand County organizations

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The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awarded three Grand County organizations grant money for programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as programs that focus on the arts, languages and sciences: Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District, The Friends of Grand County Library, Inc. and Grand County Historical Association

This year, applications were of exceptional quality and more than $74,500 has been awarded to 36 deserving organizations in the communities where Swift Communications conducts business. Grants were awarded to organizations in Colorado, Nevada, California, Montana, Wisconsin and Oregon.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation, formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, awards grants to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as programs that focus on the arts, languages and sciences. Since 2008, more than $375,000 has been awarded to 145 organizations in the communities where Swift Communications conducts business.

The deadline for 2016 grant applications was February 15 and more than 160 applications were received. The Foundation grant criteria calls for detail on how many people will be impacted by the organization's project and how significant a role the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation will play in the program. Further, applicants must provide a complete description of the project including objectives and strategies to meet those objectives, explain how the project will be evaluated and submit a budget. Recipients will report on their results and insights from their program once the projects are completed.

This year, applications were of exceptional quality and more than $74,500 has been awarded to 36 deserving organizations. The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation thanks the many groups that took the time and energy to apply and encourages those that were not selected to submit applications in the future. Applications will be accepted again starting January 1, 2017 with a deadline of February 15, 2017. For more information, visit the Bessie Minor website at http://www.bessieminorswift.org.

Grant details

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Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District

Fraser – $1,500.00

During daily "Reading and Rest" periods, students are encouraged to choose books and read individually or with friends, leading to conversation and dialogue amongst them. A digital audio hub with headphones will serve the youngest readers. Funds will purchase books, beanbags, a listening center for non-readers and a display bookcase to support and encourage language development in afterschool and summer day camp programs.

The Friends of Grand County Library, Inc.

Granby – $2,250.00

LEGO starter kits and books purchased with these funds are part of the Discovery Club after-school program. Discovery Club encourages the use of imagination, problem solving and teamwork skills to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematical concepts. Monthly themes encourage third to fifth graders to solve real world problems.

Grand County Historical Association

Hot Sulphur Springs – $590.00

The Association will publish a young reader's local history book A to Z: Your Grand County History Alphabet. The book will encourage reading, parental involvement and community pride, and will be supplemented with an exhibit for classroom, library, and special events.

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