Bessie Minor grants available in Carson Valley |

Bessie Minor grants available in Carson Valley

Staff report

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Carson Valley and its surrounding area.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15 and recipients will be announced on May 2. 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 programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children.

The Foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for technology.

The Foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature.

More than $300,000 in grants has been awarded since 2008.

Visit to apply and to learn more about the foundation. Visit to learn more about Swift Communications, which is The Record-Courier’s parent company.