Literacy, language grants available through First Nation’s Focus parent company |

Literacy, language grants available through First Nation’s Focus parent company

First Nation's Focus

RENO, Nev. — The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations across Northern Nevada and the surrounding area, as well as those with regional Native American tribes and reservations.

Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the languages, sciences and interdisciplinary areas.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15, and recipients will be announced on May 1. The Fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $3,000.

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 occasionally supports programs for adults as well.

More than $450,000 in grants has been awarded since 2008. The Foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for purchase of technology.

The Foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that don’t have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates First Nation’s Focus and

Nonprofit organizations in the area are encouraged to apply. Visit or email to learn more.