Each year in connection with its Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race, the New England Ski Museum makes grants totaling $3,000 to support people and groups that enhance the mission of the Museum, which is to preserve the history of skiing and winter sports in New England.
The program is named for former Museum president Cal Conniff, who originated the Hannes Schneider Race in 1997 to honor the Austrian ski pioneer and bring a measure of financial viability to the non-profit Museum.
This year, the Cal Conniff awards will be announced on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the opening reception of the Hannes Schneider Race in Cranmore’s Eating House restaurant, in North Conway, NH.
Previous Cal Conniff Grant awards have included:
- Amherst Regional High School Nordic ski team, Amherst, MA, $500 for program support;
- Penobscot Valley Ski Club, Bangor, ME, $500 to support their nordic ski program;
- Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports, Waterville Valley, NH, $1,000 to support adaptive ski programs for local school children;
- Discovery Camp Program at Loon Mountain, Lincoln, NH, $1,000 to support their skiing and snowboarding programs;
- Bretton Woods Adaptive Sports & Recreation, Bretton Woods, NH, $1,000 to provide adaptive ski lessons for local students with physical and developmental disabilities;
- The Ford K. Sayre Memorial Ski Council, Inc, Hanover, NH, $1,000 to purchase ski jumping boots for their junior and high school jumpers;
- The Damon O’Neal Scholarship Committee, North Conway, NH, $800 to partially fund a scholarship in memory of ski racer Damon O’Neal;
- New England Disabled Sports, Lincoln, NH, $1,000 to support its hosting of the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame;
- Nick Alexander, Lebanon, NH, $1,000, in support of his ski jumping career;
- Thunderbolt Ski Runners, Adams, MA, $800 to support its 75th anniversary race on the Thunderbolt Trail;
- Cochran’s Ski Area, Richmond, VT, $1000 to support its community after-school programs;
- Bruce Whittier Middle School and Poland Regional High School in Poland Maine, $1,000 to support nordic ski equipment acquisition;
- Northeast Slopes, East Corinth, VT, $500 to support installation of a T-Bar tow.
The Cal Conniff Grant Program is open to individuals, organizations and educational institutions with an interest in winter sports, such as alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Anyone who can demonstrate the need for funding for the purposes of education, preservation of skiing history, encouraging winter sports participation, or other involvement in snow sports is eligible.
The selection process is conducted by the Museum’s Grant Committee on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. The committee judges applications based on the following:
- the importance of the grant to the success of the proposed program;
- the proposal’s contribution to the preservation of ski or snowboard history;
- the educational value of the proposal;
- the extent to which the project encourages skiing or snowboarding participation;
- the applicant’s degree of organization in the pursuit of the project.
The application process is kept purposefully informal. Applicants submit a letter that outlines a description of the project, its goals, the audience that it will impact, and the dollar amount requested. Supporting information for the application should include:
- resume or organizational description, including contact name and mailing address;
- two letters supporting the merits of the individual or program;
- representative photograph for publication if the applicant is successful.
The deadline for applications is February 5, 2013.
Questions about the program or application materials should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Cal Conniff Grant Committee
New England Ski Museum
PO Box 267
Franconia, NH 03580
About the New England Ski Museum
is located at Exit 34B, Interstate 93 next to the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway in Franconia Notch State Park.
The Museum also maintains satellite exhibits at the Intervale Scenic vista in Intervale, in the lobby of the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway, NH and at Bretton Woods Mountain Resort in Bretton Woods, NH.