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 arts, languages and sciences

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; to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels; and, to develop programs in the arts, languages and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged students.

Grant Recipients Announced for 2016!

We are pleased to announce that 36 grants for a total of $74,763.16 were awarded in 2016.  We had many excellent applications and so decisions were difficult.  We are very thankful to all of the inspired and hard-working organizations that work in communities served by Swift Communications.  To see a list of all the recipients, visit the 2016 link under Grant History.

We will begin accepting applications again on January 1, 2017.

Since our inception, grant numbers and dollars have been awarded as follows:

Grant History 2008 to 2016

Those grants have fallen into the following categories:

Awards by category since inception 2016