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The Snow-Redfern Foundation Board of Directors is dedicated to carrying out the will and wishes of Mrs. Arvilla Snow-Redfern.  As stewards of the funds, the board will forever continue to provide for those youth who are less fortunate than others.  To this extent, Snow Redfern Foundation will offer opportunities for qualified charitable and/or human services organizations, educational entities, and faith-based organizations to apply for grants that will directly and positively impact the lives of youth and children. These organizations will, in turn, provide direct services to the youth and children.   


Grant Funding Timeline: Applicants must follow grant funding timelines carefully in order to ensure award eligibility.  The timeline is non-negotiable.  Snow Redfern Foundation awards grants once annually, for two timeframes: (1) Project Grant, (2) and Summer Program Grant.

Project Grant Timeframe

- JUNE 1ST:  Applications Open

• All applications must be submitted electronically on the Snow Redfern Foundation website, utilizing the provided application template.  Submissions prior to this date will NOT be considered.


 - AUGUST 31ST:  Applications Close

• Applications submitted after August 31st will NOT be considered

 - NOVEMBER:  Selected applicants are notified of award

 - JUNE 15th:  Grant Report Due and funds utilized

Summer Program Grant Timeframe

 - JUNE 1ST:  Applications Open

• All applications must be submitted electronically on the Snow Redfern Foundation website, utilizing the provided application template.  Submissions prior to this date will NOT be considered.


 - AUGUST 31ST:  Applications Close

• Applications submitted after August 31st will NOT be considered

 - NOVEMBER:  Selected applicants are notified of award

 - SEPTEMBER 15th:  Grant Report Due and funds utilized


Snow Redfern Foundation will consider grant proposals that demonstrate efforts which:

 • Are squarely focused on advancing and accelerating social and economic mobility for youth (from birth to 19 years of age) and/or their families in Nebraska.

 • Focus on improving circumstances for disadvantaged and at-risk youth and/or youth with mental health/behavioral health challenges.

 • Offer innovative and effective approaches with intrinsic merit.

 • Provide or supplement basic needs for youth, including: food, clothing, and/or shelter.

• Have a clear strategic vision and are able to articulate what works and why (theory of change).

• Have shared and adaptive leadership.

• Recognize inclusivity as an orienting principle and seek to operationalize equity.

• Are intensely person-centered in their approach and utilize best practices (brain science informed, two-generation, whole-family approaches, etc.)

• Are outcomes focused and data driven.

• Clearly measure organizational and project progress, including feasibility.

• Can demonstrate program/organizational sustainability, including clear demonstration of other funding sources.

• Are committed to person-centered (including co-creation and power-sharing) systems change driven by addressing structural barriers.

• Preference will be given to applications that clearly identify how project/program activities demonstrate direct care to youth within the identified population.

Applications must also demonstrate:

• Completeness of the application, including submission by deadline. All deadlines are considered final and decisions made by the Board are final (no appeal process).

• Ability to submit a grant close out report at the end of the funding cycle.

• Ability to post the award notification as a press release, on the awarded entity’s website and/or social media, or other means possible that acknowledge Snow Redfern Foundation.  The posting should be described in the close-out report. Snow Redfern representatives often deliver checks to the awarded organizations, when possible.


Snow Redfern does not fund:

• Capital requests, construction, purchase of vehicles

• Individuals

• Salaries/benefits for employees

•Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

• Programs operated to benefit for-profit organizations.

• Hiring “outside” speakers; (use of internal staff for training is preferred)

• Ongoing budget items (utilities, etc.).


Funding Process

• Applications must be completed online between June 1st and August 31st each year.

• All applications must be delivered electronically and time lines are adhered to strictly.

• Applicants will not be provided information on the status of their applications until the grant committee has made final determinations.  Each applicant will receive a notification letter via the mail.

• If Snow Redfern has questions about an application, they will utilize the Director’s contact information provided on the application.

• Grant Awards will be provided in the form of a check to the applying entity.

• Applicant inquiries can be made prior to June 1st, directed to:

Snow-Redfern Foundation

Attn:  Executive Director



Grant Recipient Data Collection and Reporting Guidelines

Snow Redfern Foundation requires grant recipients to collect and report data at two junctures, in the grant application and in the Final Report at the time of grant close out.

Grant Application Data: By thoroughly completing the online application within the designated timeframe, applicants will satisfy the application data requirements. The data requested on the application may change from year to year, based upon changes in priorities and initiatives identified by Snow Redfern Foundation.


The below information is intended to assist you in completing the Snow Redfern grant application, providing more clarification on the application questions.  If you have further questions, please direct them to   NOTE:  All applications must be submitted online and within the designated timeframes to be considered.


Term Definition

Organization Legal Name Business name as it appears in the certificate of incorporation or the organization's application for charity status, unless a request was subsequently submitted to have the name officially changed.

Tax ID # A Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is an identifying number used for tax purposes in the United States. It is also known as a Tax Identification Number or Federal Taxpayer Identification Number. A TIN may be assigned by the Social Security Administration or by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Mailing Address The address in which your organization receives mail.  

Physical Address Organization’s physical location, specifically where the proposed project/program will be provided.

Organization Director The appointed or hired individual responsible for the organization. This may also include the authorized Board President.  

Primary Phone The phone number in which Snow Redern Foundation can reach the organization Director.

Director Email Primary email address of the Director, in which notification of the grant can be directed.

Total Amount Requesting The amount that you are requesting from Snow Redfern Foundation.

Grant Writer Name (if Different) Name of individual completing this application.

Grant Writer Phone Best phone number to reach the individual completing this application.

Grant Project/Program Title A title that provides a brief identifier for the project, used in marketing and communication.  


Executive Summary (Project Overview): In 100 words or less, provide a summary that includes a brief synopsis of the proposed project area of focus (e.g. disadvantaged youth/children) and proposed project goals. This synopsis should identify why your organization wants to provide this project/program, when, where and how you plan to achieve the established outcome.

Mission Statement: A written declaration of your organization's core purpose and focus that normally remains unchanged over time. Properly crafted mission statements (1) serve as filters to separate what is important from what is not, (2) clearly state which markets will be served and how, and (3) communicate a sense of intended direction to the entire organization.

Target Population:  This includes characteristics of the individuals you provide services or supports to, which can include age range, gender, ethnicity, education level, and income level, for instance.  You should clearly define the population of individuals and/or groups you serve as well as, specifically, congruency with serving the population that is targeted through this grant (at-risk and disadvantaged youth/children).  Be sure to cite the source of your demographics. This application requests a specific set of data on youth ages 0-19 years of age, as well as comparisons, including:

The percentage of Youth/Children served includes youth/children ages 0-19 years that your organization served last year.


Total Number of Youth/Children Your Organization Served provides the actual number of youth/children (0-19) served last year.

The percentage of Other Ages includes any other individuals or groups served last year that were over the age of 19 years, providing a comparison within population served.

-Your total should equal 100% (such as 60% youth/children to 40% adults)

At-Risk Youth/Children served should be identified as a percentage of the total youth/children served in your organization, demonstrating a connection to the grant population requirements. At-Risk is defined as “a range of circumstances that place young people at greater vulnerability for problem behaviors, such as substance abuse, school failure, and juvenile delinquency, along with mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety”.

Disadvantaged Youth/Children are defined as, “youth that are lacking in the basic resources or conditions (such as standard housing, medical and educational facilities, and civil rights) believed to be necessary for an equal position in society”.

Youth/Children with Behavioral Health Challenges is defined as, “the scientific study of the emotions, behaviors and biology relating to a person’s mental well-being, their ability to function in everyday life and their concept of self. “Behavioral health” is the preferred term to “mental health.” A person struggling with his or her behavioral health may face stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, addiction, ADHD or learning disabilities, mood disorders, or other psychological concerns”.

Other Population(s) may include any other sub-sets of individuals or groups that your organization provides services or supports to.

-The total percentage of populations served should equal 100%.

Background & Purpose:

This section includes the following sub-categories that should be addressed.  Please limit your response to 500 words.

A. Issue(s) the project will address includes what the project will accomplish. Include research or evidence suggesting that your project will address an issue that will positively impact youth/children.  

B. Proposed Program Goals describes the goals of the proposed program/activities and how you intend to meet them. They are specific, measurable, achievable, reasonable, and time-bound.

C. Measurement of Goal Achievement (Performance Indicators) identify how you intend to measure achievement of the goals and how you will monitor and report on project progress.  

D. Main Activities identify what is to be performed, including identification of the anticipated county or region to be benefited. This may include specific events, project activities, etc. Please explain how the above results and goals will be met through the activities in this program.

E. Expected Results identify the expected results of the project/program.

Program/Project Budget

The Project or Program Budget enumerates the resources required to carry out the program or project which is being proposed for funding. The provided budget form must be utilized and other financial records, such as annual statements, are unnecessary unless otherwise indicated. The budgets should clearly demonstrate:

•A set time period, which should be identified

•The Project Budget may also include support to be received or revenue to be earned from other sources, enhancing this specific project/program’s sustainability.

• If there are some unusually large expenses in the budget or if something requires an explanation, include a Budget Narrative that explains the details and shows the calculations used to arrive at the numbers.