Competitive Grants Program

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

The next deadline will be in April. Please check back for updates and contact Pam Sather at 307-739-1026 with any questions.

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 501c3 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.

Spring/Summer 2018 Competitive Grant Statistics:

  • Amount Funded: $238,800
  • Applications Funded: 30
  • Average Award Size: $7,960
  • Applications Received: 37
  • Amount Requested: $356,213

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, organizations/projects working primarily to influence legislation, and as of October 1, 2018, scholarships. 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

Competitive Grants | Spring/Summer 2018


Animal Adoption Center
Successful Adoptions through Training
The Animal Adoption Center will support positive, successful pet ownership by helping dogs develop basic obedience and overcome behavioral barriers. With these skills, animals will be more adoptable and able to continue this training with their new owners when they find forever homes, improving the likelihood of successful long-term placements.


Art Association of Jackson Hole
Accessibility & Programming
The Art Association will bring programming onsite to this summer’s Art Fairs and subsidize fees for 200 underserved families to enjoy the many aspects of the fairs.

Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir
Technology for a Sustainable Future

Cathedral Voices will upgrade its information technology to improve the organization’s effectiveness and impact in the music and arts community.

Center for the Arts
Infrastructure Repairs

The Center will replace a defective, 3,500 square foot Trex walkway located in its facility. This fix will create a more functional deck, increase access to the multipurpose studio, and improve drainage to prevent further leakage onto the buildings lower level.

Jackson Hole Public Art
Jackson Hole Public Art will provide stipends, assistance with project planning, installation and marketing for local artists to create art for the ArtSpot on West Broadway, Jackson’s only rotating public art venue. The ArtSpot is seen over 30,000 times a day so provides artists with significant exposure for their work.

Jackson Hole Wild
The Art of Science with Kealoha
Internationally acclaimed storyteller Kealoha will combine slam poetry with his background in nuclear physics, dance and indigenous culture to highlight the intersection of science and art. Over a nine-day residency, Kealoha will offer captivating performances, small-group instruction and youth outreach.

National Museum of Wildlife Art
Wildlife Painting at the Museum: A Summer Series of Classes
The National Museum of Wildlife Art will lead an inaugural 6 to 8-week wildlife painting class for up to 15 participants who are 60 and older this summer. In addition to painting, classes will incorporate art history and appreciation. Funding will cover instructor fees and all the necessary supplies to ensure the class is affordable to all seniors.

Off Square Theater Company
Thin Air Shakespeare

Off Square Theatre Company will present 6 evenings of free, outdoor Shakespeare on the lawn at the Center for the Arts in July of 2018. Thin Air Shakespeare is a collaboration between local and visiting actors and directors and includes summer camp offerings for youth and professional internships for high school and college students.

Riot Act
The Normal Heart

Riot Act, Inc. will produce The Normal Heart in the autumn of 2018 as part of its 16th season. The play focuses on the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984 as seen through the eyes of writer and activist Ned Weeks.


Foundation for a Mindful Society
Becoming Jackson Whole

Becoming Jackson Whole will help create a more resilient community by equipping our citizens with proficiency in soft skills including empathy, self-awareness and mindfulness. This grant will support Phase 1 of a long-term vision including a community assessment, national site visits, and a summit of industry experts and local stakeholders, which will result in a comprehensive strategic plan.


Jackson Hole Land Trust
Slide into R Park

Slide into R Park will empower Jackson’s bilingual youth by utilizing R Park to develop and inspire visual storytelling skills with onsite photography lessons connecting individual stories with the conservation of open spaces. This project is a collaboration between the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Slideluck Youth Initiative, Art Association of Jackson Hole, Teton County Library and Latino Outdoors.

Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance
Creating Safe Wildlife Crossing for Jackson Hole

The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance will create renderings of wildlife crossing structures and host a wildlife crossings workshop to inform the public about the benefits of crossings and possible design options. This work is the first step in a community-wide campaign to build wildlife crossings at key locations to decrease wildlife collisions.

Wyoming Game & Fish
Cooperative Game Meat Donation

Collaborating with Hole Food Rescue, Wyoming Game and Fish Department will process and package seized and confiscated big game for donation throughout the community. This program equitably distributes this valuable resource and protein source to Teton County families in need.

Wyoming Wilderness Association
Youth Ambassadors of Wilderness

This program will develop the next generation of wilderness leaders by cultivating stewardship and advocacy in four local high school students from June-August of 2018. The program will collaborate with the Bridger-Teton National Forest for backpacking experiences, and an Eco Flight, allowing students to see an aerial view of the public lands they are studying.


Central Wyoming College
Three Lectures, American Indian Tribes: A Nation within a Nation

Central Wyoming College will present three lectures entitled American Indian Tribes: A Nation within a Nation in the fall of 2018 on critical topics that affect the wellbeing, identity and economics of residents of the Wind River Reservation. Members of the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes will lead the lectures, presenting their talents and creativity.

Children’s Learning Center
Food for Kids

Children’s Learning Center serves nutritious meals and snacks including a hot breakfast, hot lunch and snack for 178 students totaling 534 meals per day. Support will help the school to continue providing high quality whole foods to its students and incorporating mealtime as an integral part of its curriculum.

C-V Region V BOCES
Arts, Culture, Community for Special-needs & At-risk Youth

C-V Ranch will provide an innovative, community oriented school arts program for its special-needs and at-risk youth. Onsite instructors and local artists will work with students to promote growth, broaden horizons and encourage individual aspirations through an engaging, diverse and stimulating arts curriculum.

Jackson Hole Children’s Museum
Afterschool Outreach

With the addition of Munger Mountain Elementary and an expected budget cut to School District services, the Children’s Museum will help ensure that children in Teton County have safe, enriching and affordable afterschool options. To accomplish this goal, the Museum staff are working in close collaboration with Teton County Schools and Parks and Recreation to create a new model for afterschool programming.

InterConnections 21
Teton County Model United Nations Conference

InterConnections 21 will produce the 13th annual Teton County Model United Nations conference in the fall of 2018. This conference strengthens leadership, critical thinking, collaboration and global citizenship skills of 200 high school students. Through Model UN, high school students learn about social issues, politics, governmental structures and differing perspectives of various countries.


Cultivate Ability

CULTIVATE, which works to connect differently abled adults with potential employers, was born out of Vertical Harvest. To raise awareness of its mission and services, CULTIVATE will launch a digital Marketing Campaign to share stories about differently abled individuals making positive contributions to a variety of workplaces in our community. The campaign will highlight that hiring people with different abilities is not only the right thing to do but also makes good business sense.

Good Samaritan Mission
Updating Housing
The Good Samaritan Mission provides housing for a number of its employees in its older facility and the kitchen manager’s residential space is in need of an upgrade. Support will provide for winterization, creation of a separate door and improvement of lighting, flooring and windows.

Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association
Clean Stalls, Healthy Horses
Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association does not have a pasture onsite so the horses that its program depends upon spend an abundance of time in their stalls. The current stalls pose health concerns and unnecessary expenditures due to pooling of water. This support will allow for the renovation of stalls and safeguarding of the resident horses while also reducing long-term expenses.

Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust
Affordable Housing: Community First

Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust will leverage the completion of 28 affordable rental units on Redmond Street to highlight how affordable housing positively affects our entire community. The end goal of this marketing campaign is to increase understanding of and support for affordable housing efforts in Jackson Hole.

Teton County Unified Summer Scholarships

One22 houses and administers Teton County Summer Scholarships in cooperation with Systems of Education. Through One22, families can enroll their children in participating camps at a significantly reduced cost including at the Art Association, Dancers’ Workshop, Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole’s Camp JOY, Teton County Parks and Recreation’s Camp Jackson, Teton Science Schools and Wilderness Adventures Base Camp. Support will assist with the administration of scholarships and other One22 programming.

Senior Center of Jackson Hole
Activities Room Floor

The Senior Center’s activities room is in need of an update. After 22-years with the same carpeting, support will help with this renovation and provide new, clean and, importantly for the Center’s residents, joint-friendly flooring.

Teton Youth & Family Services
Facility Improvements

Both the Hirschfield Center for Children and Red Top School are in need of flooring upgrades. Support will assist with replacing the carpet in both facilities, ensuring a clean and healthy environment for residents and staff at these essential treatment centers.


Jackson Youth Hockey

Jackson Youth Hockey provides scholarship funds for students in need to keep hockey accessible to all community members. The organization assists any family in need, and recipient families commit to corresponding volunteer hours.

Jackson Youth Soccer
Tournament Travel

Jackson Hole Youth Soccer encourages its players to travel to regional tournaments in both its fall and spring seasons. Travel scholarships assist families that experience a financial burden from the costs related to travel for away tournaments so all players have the opportunity to compete at a higher level.