Deadline Feb. 15 for Reno-area nonprofits to apply for Bessie Minor grants
RENO, Nev. — The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation announced is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Reno and across Northern Nevada.
Grants will be awarded to select institutes that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the languages, sciences and interdisciplinary areas. Applications 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 was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the Northern Nevada Business View and http://www.nnbw.com.
The 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 also supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) as well.
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 do not have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt. More information is available on the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation website.
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, Missouri, and then moved to Blackburn, Missouri where she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse.
Phil 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.
Heather Ashbridge, who started with Nevada State Development Corporation in 2008, previously served in several roles with the organization, including assistant vice president and loan officer. She is based in NSDC’s Reno office.