Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards literacy grants to seven South Shore programs |

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards literacy grants to seven South Shore programs

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation provides grant funding to nonprofits supporting literacy efforts.
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The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation, formed by the 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. Swift Communications is the parent company to Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Since 2008, more than $375,000 has been awarded to 145 organizations in the communities where Swift Communications conducts business. This year, applications were of exceptional quality and more than $74,500 has been awarded to 36 deserving organizations. Seven South Shore organizations will receive funding this grant cycle, which is the highest number of grants awarded in any single community where Swift operates a business.

South Lake Tahoe organizations receiving program grants include Bijou Community School, Club Literario Hispano program of the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, South Lake Tahoe Humane Society, Inc. Reading Buddies and Tahoe Valley Elementary School. Stateline’s Get in the Act! Arts in Action also received a grant.

The deadline for 2016 grant applications was Feb. 15 and more than 160 applications were received. The foundation’s 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. 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.

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 in 2017 from Jan. 1 through Feb. 15. For more information, visit the Bessie Minor website at

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