The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust strategically focuses funding within specific geographic regions of the United States across a range of program areas as detailed below while responding to the ever-changing needs of various segments of the population, especially to the needs of youth and people who are disadvantaged either physically or economically.

  • 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, hand rails, automatic doors, and ramps) or offering services targeted for disabled individuals, either physically, mentally, or emotionally.
  • Youth Initiatives: This area of grant making 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.

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. There are no minimums or maximum grant amounts; however, most grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.

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.

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Primary Grant Application Process

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Create Account (first-time users)
Letter of Inquiry Accepted Beginning on Oct 1st
Submit Letter of Inquiry by Jan 15th
Submit Grant Application by April 1st
Funding Decisions Communicated by July 1st

Off-Cycle Grant Application Process

The Foundation & Memorial Trust will periodically consider off-cycle grant proposals between July 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.


Organization/Company: John Ben Snow Foundation and Memorial Trust
Location: Syracuse, NY
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry: October 1 - January 15, Deadline: April 1
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