Summit Preschool awarded Swift grant |

Summit Preschool awarded Swift grant

Summit Preschool awarded Swift grant

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation announced its annual grants earlier this week, and Summit County Preschool is one of the named recipients for 2016.

The foundation, formed by the owners and founders of Swift Communications (owner of the Summit Daily News), provides financial awards to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as those that focus on the arts, languages and sciences. Since 2008, more than $375,000 has been awarded to 145 organizations in communities where Swift Communications conducts business.

This year, the foundation is giving almost $75,000 across 36 recipients spanning six states. Summit County Preschool in Frisco received a $1,500 award and will use the contribution toward take-home backpacks equipped with books, flashcards and manipulative learning tools, so children can practice their math and literacy skills at home.

Specifically, these well-stocked school bags will be offered to bilingual and low-income families. A meeting will be held before distribution so parents get a firsthand look at the learning materials being used in school and to identify materials they might add at home to enrich their child’s learning. Parents will also be asked to complete a communication form to share the activities they completed.

Eagle County, home of the Vail Daily, received the largest amount of grants in Colorado, with more than $12,000 spread across six organizations. Awards were also given locally to recipients in Pitkin and Garfield counties, as well as in California, Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Wisconsin.

Applications from 160 organizations were of exceptional quality for this round of grants, which were due back by Feb. 15. The application criteria called for details on the number of people impacted by the organization’s project, and applicants had to submit a budget, provide descriptions of their objectives and strategies as well how the project will be evaluated. Grant recipients will now report their results and insights from their program upon completion of their respective projects.

The foundation encourages those not selected this year to submit applications again in the future. Those will be accepted for 2017 starting Jan. 1 with a deadline again of Feb. 15. For more information, visit the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation website at:

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