Our Mission

Contribute to an informed and active citizenry by supporting programs that promote literacy and educational enrichment within communities served by Swift Communications.

Examples include programs that promote:

  • Literacy, reading and writing skills
  • Programs in the languages, sciences and interdisciplinary areas

Our Objectives

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation 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
  • develop reading and writing skills at all age levels
  • develop programs in the  languages, STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged students

2019 Awards

Through our 2019 funding process a total of $83,156 was awarded to 37 organizations. Details of these awards can be found in the Grant History menu.  Since inception 318 awards have been granted for a total of approximately $620,000.  Over 12 years the Foundation has awarded grants as follows:

BMSF Statistics through 2019

Grants have fallen into categories as follows:

By Category through 2019

While grants have been primarily given for Language programs in the past, STEM and Interdisciplinary projects are definitely on the rise.

2020 Grants

We are accepting new grant applications between now and February 15, 2020.  Information about eligibility along with answers to frequently asked questions can be found under the Information entry in the Main Menu, and the Application is available under the Apply entry.  We look forward to hearing about the programs you have planned for the coming year.