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Grants to California, Idaho, and Nevada Nonprofits and Agencies for Programs in Education and Literacy

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation Grants


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Bessie Minor Swift Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: San Diego CountyIdaho: Ada CountyNevada: Washoe County

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $3,000 to California, Idaho, and Nevada nonprofit organizations, schools, museums, and governmental institutions in eligible regions for programs in the areas of children's literacy, languages, and STEM and STEAM education for PreK-12 students. Programs must benefit residents of the communities located in Washoe County, Nevada; Ada County, Idaho; and, San Diego County, California.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to programs that provide direct service to help with the implementation or expansion of programs that promote:

  • Literacy for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading
  • Development of reading and writing skills at all age levels
  • Languages, STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged students

While the Foundation may occasionally provide grants for equipment or books alone, strong preference will be given to applications that incorporate project or program elements. The Foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature. Preference is given to small, targeted, low-budget programs and organizations that have limited outside resources from which to draw.  


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). Eligible public charities include the full range of charitable organizations, including educational, museums, libraries, governmental institutions, arts organizations, and publicly supported charitable organizations formed for charitable purposes.

Only nonprofits located in Washoe County, Nevada; Ada County, Idaho; and, San Diego County, California will be considered.

The Foundation does not provide funding for:
- Annual funds, galas, or other special-event fundraising activities
- Capital campaigns/renovation projects
- Debt reduction
- Programs outside of the United States
- Loans, scholarships, fellowships or grants to individuals
- Dues or membership fees
- Dissertations or student research projects
- Indirect/administrative costs
- Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying or legislative activities
- Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation in policy or in practice
- Other reasons that are not within the exempt purposes of the Foundation

Pre-Application Information
Applications will be accepted between January 1 and February 15 of any given year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants can request between $500 and $5,000.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have questions you can submit them to

Sterling Foundation Management
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 450
Reston, VA 20191

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