Bessie Minor Charitable Fund targets literacy | SierraSun.com

Bessie Minor Charitable Fund targets literacy

Sun staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Bessie Minor Charitable Fund announced it is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Truckee and its surrounding area. Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the arts, languages and sciences. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2012 and decisions will be made by May 1, 2012. The Fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $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 Fundand#8217;s website, http://www.bessieminor.org.

The Bessie Minor Charitable Fund was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the Sierra Sun and http://www.sierrasun.com. Bessie Minor 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 recalls the importance of education was reinforced throughout his upbringing, not so much through statements or concrete expectations, but more through the example of his motherand#8217;s interest in English, reading, history and music.

Contact the Bessie Minor Charitable Fund, 807 Shore Pine Court, Fort Collins, CO 80525 or e-mail grants@bessieminor.org.