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 cycle will open on April 1st and will close on April 26th. The grant application will only be available on our website during that time. Please contact Shelby Read at 307-739-1026 with any questions.
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.
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.
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 Competitive Grant Report Form.
- Please submit your report via email to Shelby Read.
- 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 Shelby Read, (307) 739-1026.
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.
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.
COMPETITIVE GRANTS | FALL/WINTER 2018-2019
SafePAWS Cat Shelter
Supporting victims of domestic violence with pets that are living in transitional housing at Community Safety Network, PAWS will update an outdoor maintenance space at Community Safety Network (CSN) to create a “cat cottage.” PAWS already oversees a cottage onsite at CSN, which can house two dogs or a dog and a cat, but recent residents and their pets have highlighted a need for additional pet shelters.
ARTS & CULTURE
Art Association of Jackson Hole
Partnering with 35 other organizations, Creating Hand-in-Hand provides art education and therapy to underserved community members. Demand for these services continues to increase, so the Art Association has invested in a full-time outreach instructor with a background in art therapy to address the community need.
Malpaso Dance Company in Residence
Malpaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba will come to Jackson in March for a creative residency. Malpaso’s famed choreographer, Aszure Barton, will lead the dance company to create new work, engage in bilingual (Spanish/English) outreach programs in the community and offer a dance and photography workshop. In July, Malpaso will return for public performances of the completed work. Residencies will include open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations and master classes.
Jackson Hole Chorale
Strategizing & New Branding
Updating the Chorale’s branding will differentiate it from other choirs in town and bring awareness to the organization’s continued development. This update includes a new logo, standardized concert attire for choir members, a retractable banner and a new booth tent.
Jackson Hole Public Art
Stickum Up, Alley Beautification
Stickum Up will be a multi-month display of local artwork in Jackson’s alleys. Building on the success of a well-received pilot program last year, Stickum Up will inspire joy by placing art in unexpected places and turning alleys into community-connectors. It will transform run down spaces, spark social interactions and demonstrate the power of art to uplift.
Jackson Hole Writers
Young Authors Writing Camp
Professional authors and poets from around the country will lead educational, practical and inspirational creative writing workshops for students ages 8-14. Workshops will take place in four-hour increments over the course of six weeks at Teton County Library and will be offered free of charge.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Somos de Aqui: The Enduring Wildlife of Puerto Rico
The museum will host its first-ever multi-sensory Latinx exhibit focused on endangered wildlife in Puerto Rico with large format photographs, video, bilingual labels, a soundscape, maps and artwork. In addition to the exhibit, this project will include educational programs for school groups, visiting guest speakers and community events.
Off Square Theatre Company
The Addams Family & Theatre Arts Outreach
In 2019, Off Square will continue to operate its theatre arts education program for all ages, including summer camps, afterschool programs, talkbacks and older adult outreach. The company will also produce The Addams Family, starring Teton County youth and performed for up to 1,500 area schoolchildren.
Riot Act’s 16th season will include two dramatic plays, one musical and a series of shorts featuring winners of its New Play Festival. Riot Act employs a grassroots, community-driven approach to offer high quality, affordable theatre experiences while fostering creativity in local artists.
The Hearth: An Immersive Arts Project
Establishing a three-month residency for an exceptional artist, Teton Artlab will find an artist who will use art and science to create an immersive art installation. The chosen artist will spend at least three months in Jackson to create an installation and gathering place called “The Hearth” in and around Artlab’s space in town.
CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENT
Astoria Park Conservancy
Organizational Capacity Building
Astoria Park Conservancy was founded in the spring of 2018 to partner with the Trust for Public Land to complete fundraising and the first phase of construction on Astoria Hot Springs Park. After construction is complete, Astoria Park Conservancy will take ownership of and oversee Astoria Park. The Conservancy is in a start-up phase and will use this support to invest in accounting software, strategy for branding and communications, and implementation of that strategy to inform campaign donors about construction, groundbreaking and grand opening ceremonies.
Energy Conservation Works
Green Power for Jackson Hole
This project will utilize strategic investment in multi-channel communications to increase the percent of local customers opting for Green Power by thirty percent over each of next three years. Through strategic communications, Energy Conservation Works will demonstrate that people can align their actions with Teton County’s conservation ethic and mobilize rapidly to lessen the impacts of energy choices on climate change.
Grand Teton National Park Foundation
The Park Foundation will support professional grooming of Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park, which is closed to vehicles from late fall to spring. The road from Bradley-Taggart to Signal Mountain will be groomed twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the winter to benefit Nordic skiers, snowshoers and walkers.
The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming
Wildflower Watch: Citizen Science & Climate Action
Wildflower Watch trains citizen scientists to catalog wildflowers and contribute to historical datasets about flowering dates so land managers can compare them to previous findings. Wildflower Watch, already in place around Blacktail Butte, will now expand to the Cache Creek empowering individuals to help inform land managers as they work to understand the effects of climate change on the local ecosystem.
Teton Raptor Center
Teton Raptor Center will increase its free, public programs for visitors and locals using live raptors and avian themes in partnership with the National Elk Refuge at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. The Raptor Center’s Feathered Fridays program at the Visitor Center has served 7,200 people over the past three winters and continues to see increased participation. Funds will support Feathered Fridays through the winter in 2019 and help create two additional raptor educational programs for summer 2019, Talon Tuesdays and Soaring Saturdays.
Central Wyoming College
English as a Second Language Instruction
This project will support an instructor for English as a Second Language to empower English Language Learners to acquire facility with the language and improve their ability to communicate. The ESL program offers quality English language instruction in reading, writing, speaking and listening at all levels.
David Swift Photo Archive Project
In February 2018, photographer David Swift passed away suddenly. For 40 years, David was Jackson Hole’s photographer, covering every aspect of valley life, documenting a time of momentous change in Jackson Hole. This project will create an archive of David’s work, which will be housed at the Jackson Hole Historical Society upon completion.
Jackson Hole Children’s Museum
Exhibits for New Space
As the Children’s Museum moves to a new, transitional space in the spring of 2019, it plans to reuse and reinvent many current exhibits and add two flexible, interactive walls with various manipulatives and tools. This fully customizable experience will provide learning opportunities with simple machines, magnets, literacy, building and creative design and will be able to transform from week-to-week.
Art for Adolescents
Supporting adolescent development through the arts, each Jackson Hole Middle School grade has a pARTners project integrated into its curriculum. Due to budget cuts last year, the schools eliminated an art elective for sixth graders, and pARTners stepped in to fill that gap. Going forward, pARTners will continue to serve the entire middle school and provide enhanced arts programming for sixth graders.
Teton Entrepreneurs and Mentors Service (TEAMS) provides free, ongoing mentorship for local entrepreneurs with non-tourism businesses. TEAMS supports entrepreneurs at every stage of development from business plans, through growth and into the exit phase. During a recent, six-month pilot program, entrepreneurs reported extensive growth attributable to the mentoring they received. With this funding, TEAMS will engage participants in formal mentor trainings led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Venture Mentor Service.
Slow Food in the Tetons
Farm-to-Table Cooking Classes
This project will teach after school farm-to-table cooking classes to eighty-four students from Jackson Hole Middle School and Summit Innovations School. Local youth will develop learn cooking techniques and gardening skills and gain understanding about what makes nutrient dense food and how food is grown.
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Community Entry Services
Community Entry Services will install new flooring in its group residence for differently abled individuals to ensure they have a clean and healthy home. The current floors are in need of repair, and improvements are a necessity for all of the residents and particularly for one individual who crawls in the home for mobility.
Community Safety Network
Middle School Agent of Change Curriculum
Partnering with the Rotary Club and Teton County School District, Community Safety Network will develop custom curriculum for local middle school students focused on school safety, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, media literacy and bystander intervention. This curriculum will encourage staff and students to become agents of change through awareness, internalization, skill building and peer support.
Curran Seeley Foundation
Integrated Health & Wellness
Curran Seeley is creating an experiential, holistic substance abuse curriculum that aims to reach community members who may not respond to traditional treatment. The focus is on practicing coping skills under pressure to help clients deal with stress more effectively. An online component will correspond with in-person services as a prevention tool for redesigning lifestyle choices.
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area
The Grove Stage 2: Shape Our Future
Progress at The Grove is currently focused on Stage 2, adding eight new affordable, 1,200 square foot homes to the stock of ownership units restricted to low and very low-income earners that make below 80% of area median income. This project will help to build eight of twenty units approved for development at the Grove.
Teton Youth & Family Services
Planning & Sustainability Project
As it transitions to a new Executive Director, Teton Youth & Family Services needs to strategically evaluate the best use of its facilities, steps for becoming a fully accredited institution and the overall creation of a clear vision for the future. Current programs and services are impacting community need, and with additional planning and a comprehensive strategy, the organization will continue this succes
Mountain Bike the Tetons
Sprockids Jackson Hole
The new Sprockids youth cycling program will be an eight-week program for 6-11 year olds in Jackson. The program will teach mountain bike fundamentals focused on safety, riding skills, etiquette and bike maintenance. Participants will learn to employ techniques and strategies that help guide them toward their full potential as riders, trail stewards and community members.
Special Olympics Wyoming
2019 Wyoming Winter Games
Special Olympics Wyoming engages over 300 differently abled children and adults from across Wyoming and additional Jackson-ites as volunteers. Competitions take place in Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. This support will help ensure that all participants have a quality experience and that the greater Jackson community is leveraged and engaged.