The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation doled out $61,000 in grant funding this year, including a $2,184 check for Incline Elementary School, Swift Communications announced this week.
The IES grant will go toward the purchase of equipment to be used with the Barton Reading and Spelling system as part of a literacy program that begins this summer and continues through the 2014-15 school year. The program targets students who perform at the 25th percentile and below.
Formerly known as the Bessie Minor Charitable Fund, the 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 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.
The deadline for 2014 grant applications was Feb. 15, and over 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.
Applications will be accepted again starting Jan. 1, 2015, with a deadline of Feb. 15. For more information, visit the Bessie Minor website at www.bessieminorswift.org.
Swift Communications is the parent company of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Sierra Sun newspapers.