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The John Ben Snow Foundation Grant

Grants to Central New York Nonprofits for
Programs Serving Disadvantaged Youth and Adults

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The John Ben Snow Foundation

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Grants generally ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to Central New York nonprofit organizations for programs that respond to the needs of the local community, especially youth and adults who are economically or physically disadvantaged. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Central New York is defined as Onondaga County and its surrounding counties, Oswego, Madison, Cortland, and Cayuga.

Programs Areas

Arts and Culture: This program offers grants that promote arts education and appreciation, particularly for young adults, via the development of educational curriculum, instruction, visiting artists, and performance support.

Community Initiatives: This program provides funding for programs or services that directly improve the quality of life within the Central New York community. Examples include support for libraries, literacy programs, food pantries and shelters, and neighborhood revitalization.

Education Program: This program targets funds to organizations that provide educational opportunities or academic assistance to individuals who demonstrate an intellectual aptitude as well as a financial need. Examples include scholarships, fellowships, academic counseling, and services.

Environmental: This program 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, endangered species, and water management.

Historic Preservation: This program 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.

Journalism: This program targets funds for programs that impact or advance the area of journalism. Examples include summer workshops, journalism scholarships, and literary recognition.

Disabilities and Universal Access: This program 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 disabled individuals, either physically, mentally, or emotionally.

Youth Initiatives: This area of grantmaking offers grants that build character education via mentoring, after-school programming, artistic expression, camp scholarships, or sports.

It is the Foundation’s general policy to give preference to proposals seeking funds for new or enhanced programs, one-time, short-term grants to sustain a program until funding is stabilized, matching grants used to encourage the participation of other donors, and “last dollars” towards a capital campaign.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182488

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are no minimums or maximum grant amounts; however, most grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The John Ben Snow Foundation is a private foundation that focuses funding for tax-exempt organizations primarily serving Central New York (defined as Onondaga County and its four surrounding counties of Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, and Oswego).

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

Pre-Application Information:

Primary Grant Application Process:

The Foundation & Memorial Trust has implemented an Online Grant Application System. All first time users must create an account prior to beginning the application process.

A letter of inquiry must be submitted via the Online Grant Application System by December 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 after the receipt of the letter of inquiry, grant applications must be submitted via the Online Grant Application System by April 1st of the year in which a grant is requested.

Applicants are notified of the Foundation & Memorial Trust's decision by July 1st.

Off-Cycle Grant Application Process:

The Foundation & Memorial Trust will periodically consider off-cycle grant proposals between 15th and December 1st for projects whose timing does not fall within the standard grant application cycle outlined above. The funding for these proposals fluctuates yearly based on investment performance as well as prior grant commitments. In order to proceed with this process, the grant seeker must first contact the Foundation & Memorial Trust to discuss eligibility.

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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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For questions, contact:

50 Presidential Plaza, Suite 106
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 471-5256

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Central New York - defined as Onondaga County and its four surrounding counties of Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, and Oswego.