Thousands in grants available for Tahoe nonprofits from Sun-Bonanza parent company | SierraSun.com

Thousands in grants available for Tahoe nonprofits from Sun-Bonanza parent company

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The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Truckee-North Tahoe-Incline Village and its surrounding areas.

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 $500.00 and a maximum of $3,000.00.

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.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun and SierraSun.com.

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Bessie was born in Onaga, Kansas, 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.

Phil 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.

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

Visit bessieminorswift.org to apply and to learn more about the foundation. Visit swiftcom.com to learn more about Swift Communications.