Bessie Minor Swift Foundation grants book funds to West Grand Schools |

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation grants book funds to West Grand Schools

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation (formerly Bessie Minor Charitable Fund), formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications — parent company of the Sky-Hi News — awards grants to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as programs focusing on the arts, languages and sciences. Since 2008, more than $234,000 has been awarded to nonprofit organizations in the communities where Swift Communications conducts business.

This year, the West Grand School District in Kremmling, will receive $750 from the Foundation to purchase books from the nominated titles promoted through the Colorado Blue Spruce Award and Colorado Children’s Award. The eventual objective is to expand this program to K-12 grades.

The deadline for 2014 grant applications was Feb. 15, and total of more than 220 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 even higher quality than previous years and more than $61,000 has been awarded to those organizations that shined a little brighter than the others. The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation thanks the many groups that took the time and energy to apply and encourages those that were not selected this year to submit applications in the future. Applications will be accepted again starting Jan. 1, 2015, with a deadline of Feb. 15, 2015. For more information, visit the Bessie Minor website at

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