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The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Grant

Grants to New York, New Jersey, and Nevada Nonprofits
for Programs that Benefit Disadvantaged Youth and Adults

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to New York, New Jersey, and Nevada nonprofit organizations for programs that respond to the needs of the local community. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended particularly for programs that improve the quality of life of youth and adults who are economically, emotionally, or physically disadvantaged.

Primary Focus Area:

  • Education: Targets funds to organizations that provide educational opportunities or academic assistance to individuals who demonstrate an intellectual aptitude and a financial need. Examples include scholarships, fellowships, academic tutoring or counseling, literacy, and journalism.

Secondary Focus Areas:

  • Arts and Culture: Offers grants that promote arts education and appreciation, particularly for young adults, via the development of educational curriculum and professional instruction including visiting artists and performance support for targeted populations.
  • Community Initiatives: Provides funding for programs or services that directly improve the quality of life within the geographic focus areas that we serve. Examples include support for libraries, food pantries and shelters, and neighborhood revitalization. Generally, the Trust does not seek proposals for health care initiatives or animal welfare programs.
  • Youth Programs: Offers grants that provide character education or enrichment opportunities via mentoring or after-school programming.

Tertiary Focus Areas:

  • Disabilities and Universal Access: Offers grants to organizations in complying with ADA requirements within their facilities (e.g. elevator, handrails, automatic doors, and ramps) or offering services targeted for individuals with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities.
  • Environmental: Provides funds for organizations that strive to protect strategic parcels of land and bodies of water as well as programs that educate the general public on key environmental issues such as conservation and water management.
  • Historic Preservation: Provides funding for organizations that preserve historical artifacts (e.g. sites, structures, objects) and accounts (e.g. events), and educate the greater community on their significance. Examples include museums, historical societies and educational programming.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182573

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are no minimums or maximum grant amounts; however, most grants range from $10,000 to $20,000.
First-time grants to organizations typically range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The majority of the Memorial Trust's grant funding is focused within three core geographic regions (i.e. Central New York, Northern Nevada, and New Jersey). While there is not a geographic restriction, the Trustees prefer to be directly engaged and have oversight of the grants that are made.

The John Ben Snow Foundation & Memorial Trust is pro-active in seeking grant proposals from qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations. Additionally, the Foundation & Memorial Trust accepts unsolicited proposals from qualifying organizations.

The Memorial Trust will not accept proposals from individuals or for-profit organizations. The Memorial Trust does not encourage proposals from religious organizations, government agencies, or proposals for endowments, contingency funding, or debt reduction.

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Inquiry Accepted Beginning on November 1st, 2019
- Submit Letter of Inquiry by January 31st, 2020
- Submit Grant Application by April 1st, 2020
- Funding Decisions Communicated by July 1st, 2020

A Letter of Inquiry must first be submitted via the Online Grant Application System between November 1st and January 31st. If the proposal meets the stated guidelines and priorities of the Foundation & Memorial Trust, Grant Application instructions will be sent to the applicant.

If invited, a Grant Application must be submitted via the Online Grant Application System by April 1st.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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John Ben Snow Foundation and Memorial Trust
50 Presidential Plaza, Suite 106
Syracuse, NY 13202

(315) 471-5256

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USA: Nevada;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York

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