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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. An LOI is due on December 31. 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:

A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) must be submitted via the Online Grant Application System on or before December 31, 2017 to be considered for a grant application.

If the proposal meets the stated guidelines and priorities of the Memorial Trust, the applicant will then be invited to submit a Grant Application via email on or before January 15, 2018.

The deadline for the Grant Application is April 1, 2018.

Applicants are notified of the Trustee's funding decisions by June 30, 2018.

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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