Competitive Grants Program

The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole provides grants through a biannual application process to strategically support local organizations addressing community issues and needs in Teton County, Wyoming. Funding decisions are made by a dedicated volunteer committee comprised of Jackson Hole residents with diverse interests and experience in a variety of fields and aspects of our community.

Grant Details


Each proposal must be represented by a single IRS approved charitable entity that will assume responsibility for the management of and reporting on the grant. IRS approved organization types include 501(c)(3) public charities, schools, governmental entities and religious organizations. Grant funds must be used in Teton County, Wyoming.

Organizations that have previously received a grant from the Community Foundation and have overdue grant reports are not eligible for new grant funding. If you have questions about your organization’s reporting status, please contact our office.

Available Funds

The Community Foundation strategically grants over $500,000 a year to address our community’s most pressing issues and ensure its vibrancy. Requests are accepted twice a year, and our dedicated volunteer grants committee thoughtfully reviews each application and recommends awards.

October 2017 Competitive Grant Cycle Statistics:

  • Applications Received: 38, requesting $382,504
  • Funded: 30, totaling $224,450
  • Average Award Size: $7,482

The Community Foundation supports a wide variety of proposals, reflecting the fabric and diverse passions of our community. Ideas for addressing issues in the arts, environment, social services, education, recreation, animals and civic arenas are all welcome. Applicants may request funding to support new or existing programs, capital projects, equipment purchases, general operations and capacity building.

Should your request be approved, your proposal is used as the basis for a grant contract, and funds may only be used for the purpose described in the grant application unless otherwise approved. It is the applicant’s responsibility to keep a copy of the proposal and to track all fund expenditures.


The Community Foundation does not provide support for the following: religious activity, debt retirement, political activity, or organizations/ projects working primarily to influence legislation. The Community Foundation does not fund work retroactively.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does the Review Committee Look for in Applications?

  • A clear and compelling community need
  • A well-developed program that will address the stated need
  • A rational methodology for meaningful program evaluation
  • A reasonable, comprehensive project budget

When is the Application Deadline and When Will Money be Available?
Applications must be submitted online in April and October. Funding is subsequently available in early January and early July, upon receipt of grant contracts for approved requests. If you have questions, please email Pam Sather or call (307) 739-1026.

Reporting Requirements

Grant reports for competitive grants over $1,000 are due one year from the date of the award. Grant report information can also be found on your competitive grant contract. Click here to download the Grant Report form.Competitive Grant Report Format And Instructions

  • Please submit your report via email to Pam Sather.
  • Photographs of your project are encouraged. To include photographs, send them as electronic files attached to your email when you send your report.
  • Grant reports are distributed to our Grants Committee for review. Reports may factor into future grant awards.
  • Grant reports are not required for micro grants or donor advised grants. Old Bill’s Fun Run grants require a specific report format, different than the competitive grant report form.
  • For more information, contact Pam Sather, (307) 739-1026.
Program Thanks

Funding for the Community Foundation’s Competitive Grants Program is provided by Old Bill’s Fun Run Co-Challengers, individual donors and endowed funds held at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.

Privacy Notice

Information from your proposal may be shared with other potential funders or used on our website, in press releases, in Community Foundation marketing materials or in grant writing workshops. The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole reserves the right to verify any information provided in your proposal. This includes, but is not limited to: references to data sources, collaborative partners and financial information.

Current Grantees



Art Association of Jackson Hole
Creating Hand-in-Hand
Through its Hand-in-Hand program, the Art Association will offer more than 300 outreach sessions free of charge to 900+ students. This grant helps support visual arts education and participation in art experiences for all members of the community regardless of background, age, challenges or abilities. Human service organizations in Jackson rely on this partnership to provide inspiration, constructive interchange and therapeutic value to their constituents.

Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir
2017 Spring Festival and Education Initiative
Cathedral Voices Spring Festival and Education Initiative will elevate and engage youth and citizens through choral singing workshops, master classes, and the presentation of live musical performances. This grant supports a week-long festival bringing renowned choral conductor Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe to Jackson. This Festival and Initiative will nurture partnerships, open doors to the power of singing, and increase awareness
of the power of music education.

Center for the Arts
Art in Translation
In collaboration with the Art Association, the Center for the Arts will produce a series of creative exhibitions entitled Art in Translation. Recognizing the need to address cultural barriers between Jackson’s Latino community members and their adopted hometown, the Center and the Art Association have partnered to bring Cecelia Delgado-Masse, a renowned art curator from Mexico who specializes in Social Practice curatorship, to our community. This grant supports Ms. Delgado-Masse’s visit as well as outreach to Jackson’s Latino community through workshops, gallery talks, and a second exhibition, all of which will be offered in Spanish by Mexican artists and educators.

Dancers’ Workshop
Anne Carlson Residency
In July 2017, Dancers’ Workshop will host Ann Carlson in residence for a week to present performances of Doggie Hamlet and corresponding community events. This outdoor spectacle will combine dance, music and visual and theatrical elements with aspects of competitive sheep herding. Four dancers, one boy, one American Sign Language interpreter, local musicians, two herding dogs and a flock of 30 sheep will perform the work. A Guggenheim Fellow, a Stanford Visiting-Scholar, and a Doris Duke Award-winner, Ann Carlson is known for dismantling conventional boundaries between artist and subject. This grant supports Carlson’s residency, bringing meaningful art to Jackson with appeal to families, animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts in addition to art and dance lovers.

Jackson Hole Public Art
Building STEAM in the Park
In collaboration with students from Jackson Hole High School’s FabLab, Jackson Hole Public Art will partner with Grand Teton National Park to create recycling containers prototypes to help reduce park and concessionaire waste. This grant supports students as they conduct research, site visits, and stakeholder interviews to fully understand challenges such as communicating the importance of recycling to a diverse, international audience. After thorough research, students will employ Stanford’s Design Thinking Process to create concepts, test various solutions and develop a final prototype that addresses education and messaging to increase visitor and employee recycling and contribute to the Park’s Zero Landfill Initiative.

Jackson Hole WILD
Zenka: Augmented Reality Artist-In-Residency
Building on the momentum of her recent TEDxJacksonHole talk, gallery exhibit, and residency, Augmented Reality artist and futurist, Zenka, will undertake two additional visits to Jackson Hole. This grant supports Zenka in presenting to the community, working in the classroom, and leading Augmented Reality workshops targeted toward educators, digital artists, filmmakers and other innovators with interest in utilizing this groundbreaking technology.

National Museum of Wildlife Art
Fables, Feathers & Fur
Fables, Feathers and Fur is the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s thriving preschool program. Set in the Museum’s galleries, children learn about a work of art through looking, listening and reading. The program ends with a complementary art-making activity in the Museum classroom. This grant helps the museum offer Fables, Feathers and Fur to pre-K youth, ages 2-6, every Wednesday morning for ten months of the year.

Off Square Theatre Company
Theatre Arts Education
Off Square Theatre Company continues its successful theatre arts education program for youth and adults, including summer camps, afterschool programs, older adult outreach, and the Wyoming Shakespeare Conservatory. This grant funds Off Square’s education program and its annual youth musical, which stars Teton County youth and is performed for 1,000 area schoolchildren. Off Square’s many educational programs provide children and adults a hands-on environment to hone skills such as public speaking, listening, problem solving and collaboration.

Riot Act Inc.
Second Half of 14th Season
Riot Act’s 14th season will include Rumors by Neil Simon and its annual series of Shorts in conjunction with the 4th Annual New Play Festival. Simon’s Rumors is set during a wedding anniversary celebration at a New York Townhouse—with much confusion and miscommunication, hilarity ensues. Riot Act’s New Play Festival will once again showcase first time playwrights, directors, and actors in fully realized short plays. This grant allows the company to continue to provide quality theatre for a reasonable price to the Teton County community.


Energy Conservation Works
Energy Aware Jackson Hole
Energy Conservation Works will initiate a multi-year, energy efficiency education campaign to increase understanding of local energy consumption and spur conservation. Many Teton County residents may not realize our energy use per capita is nearly double that of the national average. This grant helps support ECW’s campaign to highlight energy-efficient alternatives available to all Teton County residents, personal action people can take and resources available to help.

Grand Teton National Park Foundation
Tribal Youth Corps
Tribal Youth Corps in GTNP is an exciting new paid internship program for regional American Indian high school students to assist with priority park projects, reconnect with their ancestral Grand Teton landscape, and explore National Park Service careers. This grant helps support this project to increase workforce diversity and youth employment, enhance career skills and connect students to future career and internship opportunities all while increasing interpersonal connections between tribes and Grand Teton National Park.

Jackson Hole Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Upper Gros Ventre River Ranch Stream Restoration
The Upper Gros Ventre River Ranch Stream Restoration Project will reconnect and restore four tributary streams in the headwaters of the Gros Ventre for Snake River cutthroat trout. This grant supports a time sensitive opportunity to reverse the effects of a long-abandoned irrigation system on a historic ranching homestead to ensure these waters can once again provide critical trout habitat and cold, clean water to the Gros Ventre River. Project partners hope to complete this work by fall of 2017 before the property is transferred to the Bridger-Teton National Forest and opened to the public.

Jackson Hole Land Trust
Karns Meadow Invigoration
The Jackson Hole Land Trust is working with the Town of Jackson and Teton County Parks and Recreation to transform Karns Meadow into a community park. The Land Trust aims to provide the public with a free, easily accessible natural recreation area in town where they can be inspired by and benefit from open space. This project will 1) honor the original wishes of the generous landowner and donor; 2) remove public pressure for Karns Meadow to become something other than a public park and eliminate potential violations of conservation easements; and 3) provide a public place in the heart of Jackson that helps people realize how conservation fits into their lives. The Land Trust will invite the community to numerous public input sessions to provide insight regarding what they want and need to see in a public park in Karns Meadow. This grant covers expenses incurred during Phase I of the project, including public input sessions, the initial design process and the requisite land surveying needed prior to park development and pathway construction.

Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative
Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium
The Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium (JHWS) is the only local forum for wildlife scientists, agency personnel and the public to share information on wildlife research and conservation programs. This grant supports JHWS as it helps the community move to the leading edge of conservation and human-wildlife coexistence by sharing research and best practices regarding important ecological trends and novel conservation methods. Past participants in JHWS have lauded it as an invaluable forum for education and information exchange.

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy
Youth Ambassador Program
Rendezvous Park opened two years ago, and since then has hosted over 10,000 community visitors and become an integral part of life in the Tetons. This grant supports the Ambassador program to employ one part-time staff member who will oversee operations and mentor a Youth Ambassador. Together these two individuals will maintain R Park amenities, answer visitor questions, promote respectful park use through education and track visitation.


Jackson Hole Children’s Museum
Sustainable Framework in Technology & Operations
After five years of growth, Jackson Hole Children’s Museum’s administrative systems need to be upgraded for the organization to successfully meet the growing educational needs of the community. To support this effort, the Museum will go through a technology assessment, purchase new hardware and reorganize, consolidate and migrate data. This grant supports identification and implementation of holistic, sustainable solutions that improve workflow and productivity, increase revenues through more systematic donor management and reduce overall costs through operating efficiencies.

Jackson Hole Classical Academy
Academic Scholarship
Tuition assistance enables families to attend the Classical Academy who otherwise would not be able to do so because of the financial burden. This grant helps cover tuition for students receiving financial aid. Tuition Assistance allows the school to maintain a diverse school community, which is important for a healthy school environment. The Classical Academy’s tuition assistance program removes the financial barrier to entry for families who believe their child will be best served by the Academy’s educational program.

Jackson Hole Community School
Scholarships for Scholars
The Community School currently provides 37% of students with scholarships or aid. Combined with funding from the generous school community, this grant supports the Profe Scholarship. This scholarship was named for Community School founder Scott Hirschfield, who taught Spanish for many years and believes in creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. Many students seek out the tight knit community and rigorous academics the Community School provides, but have limited financial resources. This scholarship ensures students from diverse backgrounds can attend.

Slow Food in the Tetons
Youth Culinary Project
Slow Food in the Tetons’ Youth Culinary Project provides farm-to-table education for youth in our community. This grant will support weekly, two-hour farm-to-table cooking classes for twelve children at the Jackson Hole People’s Market from June to August of 2017. This project teaches youth about local and regionally produced food, empowers them with basic healthy cooking skills and engages them in the impact of food systems. This grant helps outfit the class with twelve basic cooking kits plus one instructor kit including a convection oven.

Wyoming Stargazing
Fourth Graders Discover the Universe
Wyoming Stargazing will provide ten, free ninety minute stargazing programs for all Teton County School District (TCSD) fourth grade students. Stargazing leaders will operate a large telescope and show students and their families the moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. Leaders will discuss how the sky changes throughout the year and why the sun and moon seem to move across the sky each day. This grant helps support Wyoming Stargazing to bolster scientific literacy, support public school teachers and provide inspirational and educational experiences for all TCSD fourth graders.


Habitat for Humanity
Pre-Development of The Grove Phase III
Teton Habitat is leading development of The Grove Phase III to provide twenty-four new affordable homes. The completion of this project will increase available affordable housing stock by nearly 10%, forever changing the lives of over twenty Category 1 families by providing stability through homeownership. This grant supports the pre‐construction phase of the project, focusing on Town and County approval, design, permitting and planning with architects from The Workshop Collaborative. Phase III will create simple homes utilizing volunteer labor for building and will help ensure an economically diverse workforce for Jackson.

Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center
Tools for Effective Trauma Treatment

The majority of the more than1,000 clients JHCCC works with each year have experienced past trauma. Trauma can diminish the ability to function and elicit a variety of physical and emotional reactions. This grant helps JHCCC invest in certifying six clinicians in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) methods, a best practice model of therapy that helps people move beyond traumatic events. By fortifying its clinical team, JHCCC can engage clientele in treatment for a wider range of mental illnesses. EMDR is a time-limited, brief therapeutic intervention that allows clients to engage in and complete treatment sooner, increasing JHCCC’s ability to see more individuals over time and meet demand for affordable, effective care.

Summer Scholarship Program
The Summer Scholarship Program provides support for local children at risk of significant learning loss over the summer with opportunities to grow and thrive through summer enrichment programs. This program gives Jackson’s most vulnerable students a chance to participate in activities that will help them return to school engaged and prepared. Last year, partial scholarships were provided to 96 children, but when funds were depleted numerous families in need were turned away. This grant enables One22 to offer scholarships to cover one-third of the cost of six-week programs for 115 children. In collaboration with case managers at One22, a trained outreach coordinator will determine scholarship need to ensure there is not duplication with scholarships provided elsewhere.

Community Mobilizer Project
The Community Mobilizer Project will provide a year-long leadership and professional development training to a dozen emerging leaders in Jackson’s Latino community. The project will develop emerging Latino leaders’ understanding and awareness of dynamics in the community, decision making processes and systems, and essential project planning and execution skills. This grant will help One22 hire an expert in dual language learning, adult learning practices, changing demographics and diversity for quarterly trainings. Participants will attend these quarterly trainings as well as monthly workshops led by area organizations. At the conclusion of this year-long training, each community mobilizer will have a focused, actionable plan for outreach to a broader network of their peers and further civic engagement on issues and initiatives in Jackson.

Senior Center of Jackson Hole
Friday Feast
Friday Feasts are held the first and third Friday of every month for seniors who are food insecure and/or need extra help to access meals. These feasts provide elderly members of our community with an opportunity to eat a healthy, well-balanced meal and visit with friends and neighbors, reducing the depression and isolation that is such a large problem among the elderly. With this grant, the Senior Center serves free lunches to 175 seniors each month.

St. John’s Hospital Foundation
Prenatal Entry Program
The Prenatal Entry Program (PEP) for low-income women is a community-supported collaborative project providing access to healthcare by subsidizing the cost of prenatal care. Teton County obstetricians report that women who access PEP have better short and long-term health outcomes. In prior years, Presumptive Eligibility funds from Medicaid offset the cost of prenatal visits. This benefit is no longer as widely available, making this program especially critical. This grant helps PEP prevent negative health outcomes for pregnant women and newborns, and, ideally, help women access other resources, including family planning and parenting education. Approximately 377 pregnant women have benefited from PEP since its inception.

Teton County Access to Justice Center
Family Law Pro Se Clinic
The majority of cases the Access to Justice Center sees involve family law, including divorce, custody, visitation and support. Almost half of all family law cases also involve domestic violence. Due to limited funding for legal aid, Access to Justice has turned down eligible applicants to assist those in the most dire situations. The Family Law Pro Se Clinic, offered on Wednesday evenings to people representing themselves, provides free legal assistance to wide sections of the community dealing with family law cases. This grant will fund clinic administration, help cover new computer equipment and other supplies as well as marketing to increase awareness of this resource.

Teton County Public Health Department
Network of Care: A Social Services Resource Directory and Database
The Network of Care online resource will provide community members, providers, and visitors with a comprehensive online platform of centralized local health data and an up-to-date directory for community referrals. This project will improve access to care, increase coordination between providers, and reduce duplication of services. The data center will include an extensive list of over170 health indicators and will be searchable by agency, type of service needed and health topic at www.networkofcare.org. This grant supports a three-month implementation plan with a target launch date of March 1, 2017.

Teton Youth & Family Services
Group Home Placement Pilot Project
To continue its mission to help children and families find their way to fulfilling and constructive lives, Teton Youth & Family Services needs a new model to help youth and families. Over the past nine months, an average of three youth per month have not been able to receive care locally and in some instances received no assistance at all. This grant will support a Pilot Project to develop a new process for identifying, placing, evaluating and funding placements of youth in the Van Vleck Group Home to ensure they receive needed services. After testing this new residential placement process, its strengths and weaknesses will be evaluated. Adjustments will be made, and it will subsequently be implemented, as needed, for youth in need of care who fall through the cracks of the current system.


Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club
Girls Lacrosse
The girls youth lacrosse program in Jackson Hole is exploding. Teams for nine and eleven year olds each exceeded forty players this fall with more on the waitlist, doubling the previous years’ numbers. In response to this growth, JHLC hired a part-time Girls Program Director, who quickly improved on and off field performance through more focused coach oversight, better program organization and enhanced communication with parents and players. This grant allows JHLC to augment the Girls Program Director’s hours, further increase and improve coach/referee development and offer more scholarships for young athletes to ensure access for all girls who want to play.

Special Olympics Wyoming
Winter Games
The Special Olympics’ Wyoming Winter Games hosts 350 athletes, coaches and partners for competitions in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. The Special Olympics has a major impact on the participating athletes, who hail from five programs in Jackson and fourteen other communities throughout Wyoming. Teton County has hosted this event for more than three decades, and local residents who volunteer always report receiving far more than they give. This grant allows Special Olympics to expand its holistic approach with well-balanced meals for competitors that reflect and promote a healthy lifestyle.

How to Apply

Competitive Grant applications are reviewed twice a year. The next deadline will be this Spring. Specific application deadlines for each grant cycle are announced via the Nonprofit List Serve. If you have any questions regarding this application please call Pam Sather at 307-739-1026.