Through Nonprofits

In the beginning, we worked with young people directly. Today, we’re here to empower those who are helping kids right now.

We Know Great Work When We See It

In our early years the Snow-Redfern Foundation was a true hands-on operation, imparting the values of life and work at our Nebraska Boys’ Ranch. We’ve learned the joys and challenges of creating opportunity—and we know the value of a helping hand. Today there are many specialized organizations helping young people everywhere. Our focus is giving them the funding, support, and other resources to do more of the things they do best.

We’re proud of the awardees we work with. Of course, we’re always looking for new partners to join our work. If you’re interested, keep reading to apply for a grant.


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Your efforts are multiplied when you support people who truly make a difference. We seek out and work with the best.

We’re Proud to Introduce Our Partners

The Snow-Redfern Foundation is always seeking new partners to address the basic needs, well-being, and education of young people. Here are a few of the outstanding nonprofit organizations and individuals that received grants and scholarships in our 2023 awards cycle. Our endorsement is your assurance of the importance of their mission, the effectiveness of their team, and the success of their efforts.


Basic Needs Awards

  • Lexington Public Schools
  • CASA of South Central Nebraska
  • Panhandle Public Health District
  • United Way of Western Nebraska
  • The Briggs and Barrett Project

Education Awards

  • Banister’s Leadership Academy
  • YWCA of Adams County
  • Camp Scott
  • Carnegie Arts Center
  • Central Plains Center for Services
  • Panhandle Partnership, Inc.
  • Omaha Conservatory of Music- Scottsbluff
  • Alliance Public Schools

Well-being Awards

  • Prairie Loft
  • Bridgeport TeamMates
  • Alliance Recreation Center
  • Nebraska CASA Association
  • Spouse Abuse Sexual Assault Center
  • TeamMates of Scottsbluff County
  • Carpenter Center
  • LyonHeart Equine Assisted Learning
  • Girl Scout Spirit of Nebraska
  • Families CARE, Inc.

Other Grant Priority Awards

Career Pathways

  • Gering Public Schools
  • Twin Cities Development
  • Western Nebraska Community College

Priority Community Grant:  Box Butte County

  • Panhandle Public Health District

Young Women’s Leadership-Root2Rise

  • Panhandle Partnership, Inc.

Capacity Grant

  • Nebraska CASA Association

Developing Communities Grant

  • Panhandle Public Health District


Individual Grants- Student Scholarships

2022 Root2Rise- Young Women’s Leadership Scholarship Recipients:

  • Paris Vance
  • Ashley Hunter
  • Blaine Tewadade
  • Kierra Miller
  • Claire Linders
  • Arielle Lawrence

2023 Hempel Family Scholarship Recipients:

  • Carver Hauptman
  • Tegan Rice
  • Arielle Lawrence

2023 K.M. Dahlstedt Scholarship Recipients:

  • Tyler Cotton
  • Avery Davies
  • Kason Loomis
  • Delaney Childers
  • Cambree Schmaltz

Grant Seekers

We’re always looking for partners who need our support. If you think your cause and ours might be a good fit for each other, take the first step here.

Let’s Work Together

The Snow-Redfern Foundation supports work that supports young people. If you share our passion to create opportunities that change lives, we’d like to know more about you. To help you get started, here’s a bit more about how we award grants.

Areas of Focus

We concentrate on supporting young people in three main areas:

Basic Needs: such as safety, security, a place to live and enough to eat

Well-Being:  in physical, mental, and emotional dimensions to unlock the potential for growth

Education: to develop strengths, create possibilities, and prepare for fulfilling adult lives

Funding Framework

Our funding framework distributes resources through three tracks:

Elevate Youth Power

          Funding initiatives that directly serve youth and amplify their capacity to do good.

Advance Community Impact

Funding community-based organizations that implement programs and services for youth.

Enhance Systems of Care

Funding initiatives that advance the youth serving system of care with youth and community participation.

Project Grant

Snow-Redfern Project Grants are awarded on an annual cycle and can be submitted through our online portal from July 1 through August 1. Interested nonprofits should review the grant guidelines to determine if their project aligns with the Snow-Redfern Foundation priorities, and if they meet the criteria that has been revised for the 2024 grant cycle.

See our funding calendar for grant timelines including submission and award dates.

See Grant Guidelines

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2024 Grantmaking

The following projects, programs, and activities have been awarded or allocated for 2024:

  • Root2Rise- a Young Women’s Leadership Workshop Series and Scholarship Program
  • Priority Community Grant for Box Butte County
  • Career Pathways Grant
  • Legacy Scholarship Fund for Trades
  • Individual Scholarships
  • Participatory Grantmaking Projects (selected across the state)
  • Quality Improvement-Focused Projects

Changes in Our Grantmaking Landscape

Snow-Redfern Foundation annually announces grant funding opportunities, which may vary from year to year. Beginning with various changes to our funding opportunities this year, we will soon begin shifting away from a traditional grant-making model, historically used by Snow-Redfern Foundation for Project Grants, towards a more transparent, inclusive, and collaborative grantmaking approach.  More information about our commitment to elevating youth voice and community engagement through Participatory Philanthropy will be shared soon!