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Swift foundation awards $3,000 grant to Grand County nonprofit

Sky-Hi staff report

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation, formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, the parent company of Sky-Hi News, awards grants to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as programs that focus on languages, sciences and interdisciplinary areas. Since 2008, more than $530,000 has been awarded to deserving organizations in the communities where Swift Communications conducts business.

This year, applications were of exceptional quality and $80,986 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.

The recipient in Grand County, The Friends of the Grand County Library, Inc., received $3,000 for a summer reading program that will focus on middle school and high school students.

Working with the theme “All That Jazz,” teens will be encouraged to participate in the library community through activities to get the creative juices flowing, learning new skills and accessing books and reading ideas. The theme of the Collaborative Summer Reading Program is “Libraries Rock.” The grant will provide materials for programs and pay instructors who will lead the effort by making musical instruments out of everyday stuff and writing novels.

The deadline for 2018 grant applications was Feb. 15 and 163 applications were received. The Foundation grant criteria calls for detail about the number of people who 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.

Applications for the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation grant will be accepted again starting Jan. 1, 2019 with a deadline of Feb. 15, 2019. For more information, visit the Bessie Minor website at http://www.bessieminorswift.org.

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