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Bessie Minor Swift Foundation grant applications due Friday

Nonprofits in the South Lake Tahoe area have two days to submit gran applications to the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation.

Applications from organizations that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the languages, sciences and interdisciplinary areas will be accepted through Feb. 15.

Recipients will be announced May 1. The fund 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 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) as well. The foundation also occasionally supports programs for adults.

More than $530,000 in grants has been awarded since 2008. The foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for purchase of technology. The foundation also favors awarding grants to organizations that don't have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature.

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Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt. Information is available at http://www.bessieminorswift.org.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, the company which owns and operates the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Lake Tahoe Action and http://www.tahoedailytribune.com.

Bessie Minor Swift was mother of Philip Swift, the founder of Swift Communications. Bessie was born in Onaga, Kansas, on June 29, 1887. She was raised in Kansas City, and then moved to Blackburn, Missouri, where she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse.

Phil Swift recalls the importance of education was reinforced throughout his upbringing not so much through statements or concrete expectations, but more through the example of his mother's interest in English, reading, history and music.

Visit ww.bessieminorswift.org or email grants@bessieminorswift.org for more information.