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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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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 physically, emotionally, or economically disadvantaged adults. 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.

The Foundation seeks to advance its mission through prioritized investment in the following focus areas:

Primary Focus Area:  Dating back to the inception of the Foundation in 1948, the primary and overarching grantmaking priority has been and continues to be programs that focus on education.

Secondary Focus Areas:  Secondarily, the Foundation considers proposals within the areas of Arts and Culture, Community Initiatives, and Youth Programs. The Board’s objective is to extend the primary educational focus by providing funding support within these additional program areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Initiatives
  • Youth programs

Tertiary Focus Areas:  As a third priority, the Foundation does consider proposals in the areas of Disabilities and Universal Access, Environmental, and Historic Preservation. As these are not core focus areas, funding is often limited. Priority will be given to proposals with an educational focus:

  • Disabilities and Universal Access
  • Environmental
  • Historical Preservation

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GrantWatch ID#: 182488

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation 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 or government agencies.

Pre-Application Information:

The LOI must be electronically submitted on or before January 31, 2020, to be considered for a grant application.

The LOI will be carefully reviewed. In the event that additional information is required, you will be notified via email and the LOI will be returned to you for modification and re-submission. Invitations to apply for a grant application will be sent via email on or before February 15, 2020.

Funding decisions will be communicated by July 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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Elizabeth Snow, Grants Manager
50 Presidential Plaza, Suite 106
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 471-5256

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

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