Applications sought for literacy grants |

Applications sought for literacy grants

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The Bessie Minor Charitable Fund is accepting grant applications from Carson Valley nonprofit organizations that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the arts, languages and sciences.

Applications will be accepted until April 1 and decisions will be made by May 1. The fund will consider applications for grants requesting $500-$2,500.

The Bessie Minor Charitable Fund awards grants to programs 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; to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels; and, to develop programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children. The fund prefers to consider grants for programs instead of straight technology grants. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt. More information is available on the fund’s website.

The Bessie Minor Charitable Fund was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates The Record-Courier and Bessie Minor was mother of Philip Swift, the founder of Swift Communications. Minor was born in Onaga, Kan. on June 29, 1887. She was raised in Kansas City, Mo., and then moved to Blackburn, Mo., where she taught school in a one room schoolhouse. Swift recalls that 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.