New briefs: Bessie Minor Swift Foundation accepting grant applications |

New briefs: Bessie Minor Swift Foundation accepting grant applications

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation accepting grant applications

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation announced on Monday that it is accepting grant applications from Summit County nonprofit organizations. 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 through Feb. 15 and recipients will be announced on May 2. 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. More than $300,000 in grants has been awarded since 2008. The foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for technology. The foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that do not 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 the Summit Daily News. Bessie Minor Swift was the 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 Swift recalls that the importance of education was reinforced throughout his upbringing not so much through statements or concrete expectations, but more through the example of his mother’s interest in English, reading, history and music.

Contact the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation at or at

Charitable Contributions Fund accepting applications from nonprofits

The Fifth Judicial District Attorney Charitable Contributions Fund is seeking to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties that provide goods and services that have been shown to help prevent crimes or criminal activity or provide assistance to victims of crimes or criminal activity.

Contact Wendi Rowles, financial administrator for the Office of the District Attorney via email at to receive application materials. The application deadline is January 30.

The DA5 Charitable Contribution Fund has been created for the purpose of providing assistance to those areas that are directly affected by criminal activity and for seeking justice for individuals and for our communities. Our mission is to help improve the lives of the residents of the 5th Judicial District by preventing crimes from happening and offering assistance to those who are the victims of crimes.

VA Colorado to host town hall meeting in Frisco

The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) Denver VA Regional Office and National Cemetery Administration is hosting a town hall for veterans, family members and the public to provide feedback on VA health care and recommendations for VA programs. Employees will be on hand to assist veterans with issues they specifically have about eligibility, the delivery of healthcare and related services.

ECHCS is inviting public participation in the January 15 town hall to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco. The meeting is open to all members of the public, including congressional stakeholders, Veterans Service Organizations, state and local governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other community partners.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has directed all Veterans Affairs healthcare and benefits facilities to hold town-hall events to improve communication with, and hear directly from Veterans nationwide. The meetings are intended to provide local veterans an open forum for VA officials to hear directly from veterans to improve services and maintain trust.

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