The New England Ski Museum is looking for applicants for the 2011 Cal Conniff Grants, which are given to individuals and organizations that help preserve the history of skiing and winter sports. The grants will be increased to $3,000 in 2011.

The grants are funded with proceeds of the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race, held each March at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway. The Cal Conniff awards will be announced Friday, March 11, 2011 at the opening reception of the Schneider Race at Cranmore.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 10.

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 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; and  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 (individuals) or organizational description (groups); two letters supporting the merits of the individual or program; and photograph for publication if the applicant is successful.

More information. Or call 603-823-7177.