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, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and Interdisciplinary areas for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged students

2022 Awards

Through our 2022 funding process a total of $85,928 was awarded to 33 organizations. Details of these awards can be found in the Grant History menu.  Since inception 424 awards have been granted for a total of over $865,000.  Over 15 years the Foundation has awarded grants as follows:

Grants and Dollars
Grants have fallen into categories as follows over those years:

Grants Since Inception 2022

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