Summit Giving: Bessie Minor Swift Foundation seeks grant applications from nonprofits |

Summit Giving: Bessie Minor Swift Foundation seeks grant applications from nonprofits

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation bolsters literary efforts in Summit County

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Summit County. 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 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 of 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. Further, the Foundation supports programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children. 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. More information is available on the website: Contact by email at:

Breckenridge grants nearly $275,000 to nonprofits

In 2014, the town of Breckenridge estimated it provided cash and in-kind services totaling nearly $4 million to area nonprofit agencies and community programs. Prior to the Tuesday, Jan. 13 town council work session, council members Mark Burke, Gary Gallagher, Elisabeth Lawrence and Ben Brewer handed out checks totaling $271,580 to area nonprofits as part of the town’s 2015 grants program. In addition to the grant process, the town budgeted $28,000 for two scholarship programs: the Junior Athletes (administered by the Breckenridge Elite Athletes organization) and to Summit High School seniors. Other nonprofits supported by the town include the new Breckenridge Creative Arts, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, the Breckenridge day care/preschool facilities for scholarships and GoBreck (also known as the Breckenridge Resort Chamber) for town-wide marketing programs. The town also provides support through individual departments for various nonprofit programs affiliated with that department as well as in-kind services for a wide variety of organizations.

Frisco invites nonprofits to partner on town events

The town of Frisco invites local nonprofits to become a part of Frisco events by providing key event services while raising funds for their organizations. This opportunity is for local nonprofits of any size. Frisco summer events with nonprofit partnerships include the Colorado BBQ Challenge, the Frisco Concert in the Park Series and Frisco’s Fabulous 4th of July. Since 2010 the town of Frisco nonprofit event partnership has contributed $236,000 to nonprofits. Interested nonprofits are invited to fill out an application. Applications are available in the “Latest News” section of the front page of Applications must be received by mail or dropped off in person by 5 p.m. on Jan. 30. Any local nonprofit organization with current 501(c)3 status is encouraged to apply. For further information, please contact Nora Gilbertson at 970-668-9132 or

Volunteer for the Fire Arts Festival

The International Snow Sculpture Competition and first annual Fire Arts Festival is looking for volunteers from Jan. 20 to Feb. 8. Help is needed with snow stomping, vote collecting, information giving and meal serving. For more details, please email Heather Pease at Presented by GoBreck and Breckenridge Creative Arts.

Summit County 4-H STEM program available on Tuesdays

Summit County 4-H is offering a Forensic Science STEM program on Tuesdays, Jan. 20 to Feb. 17, at the new Breckenridge Community Center/County Library, 4-5:30 p.m., for kids from third to fifth grade. Only a few spots are available so enroll in Summit County 4-H today: $40 annual enrollment fee is due at the first class. RSVP to Summit County 4-H at 4-H is needing more adult volunteers to help with this program, too. (970) 668-4142 Kathie Kralik, Summit County 4-H Program Manager .

Trout Unlimited meeting on Jan. 21

The second annual Fly Tying Dinner-is-Served Event will take place at Lance’s House in Breckenridge and join the TU board meeting just for a few minutes prior to the meeting. Special Guest: Carl Pennington, a fly designer for Montana Fly Company will be joining so bring your vice and learn how to tie something. Next Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at 200 Briar Rose in Breckenridge. Across from Father Dyer Church to the east. To RSVP call: Sarah Barclay, (970) 401-4697 or email

Cooking Matters class takes place Mondays

Join the FIRC for a free Cooking Matters for Parents of Preschoolers class. Learn about kitchen and cooking skills, nutrition education and how to encourage your children to develop healthy eating habits. The class runs for six weeks on Mondays, Jan. 26 to March 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the FIRC teaching kitchen, 251 W. 4th St., Silverthorne. For questions or to sign up, contact Matt Madsen at the FIRC at (970) 455-0236 or

2015 Young Composers Competition open for entries

Entries for the First Annual Young Composers Competition, a project sponsored collaboratively by the Breckenridge Music Festival and Summit Music and Arts, are now being accepted. This is an opportunity for all musicians and composers ages 10-18 residing in Clear Creek, Eagle, Grand, Lake, Park, Routt and Summit counties to enter one or more original compositions. Deadline for entries is Monday, Feb. 23. Full details, competition guidelines and regulations, and application form are available for download on the Breckenridge Music Festival website: For this first annual competition, there is no entry fee. Breckenridge Music Festival’s “Music in the Schools” program is made possible by funding from The Summit Foundation. For more information please email Len Rhodes, Summit Music and Arts artistic director at

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