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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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The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust

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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. The funding is especially intended for programs that improve the quality of life of youth and adults who are economically or physically disadvantaged.

Program 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 specific communities. 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, hand rails, 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 Memorial Trust’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#: 182573

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are no minimums or maximum grant amounts; however, most grants range from $10,000 to $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust makes grants to nonprofit organizations across the United States; however, the majority of the grant funding is targeted within the three geographic regions where the Trustees reside (NY, NV, NJ).

The Memorial Trust will not accept proposals from individuals or for-profit organizations. Additionally, the Memorial Trust 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. Refer to the Applicant Registration Tutorial for assistance. Once the new account has been created, the user can begin the grant application process. Refer to the Application Workflow Tutorial for assistance.

A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) must be submitted via the Online Grant Application System between October 1st and 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, all grant applications must be submitted via the Online Grant Application System by April 1st of the year in which a grant is requested.

Letter of Inquiry Accepted Beginning on October 1, 2018
Submit Letter of Inquiry by December 31, 2018
Submit Grant Application by April 1, 2019
Funding Decisions Communicated by July 1, 2019

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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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Online Grant Application System:

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

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Geographic Focus:

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