Competitive Grants Program
The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole provides grants through an annual application process to strategically support local organizations addressing community needs in Teton County, Wyoming. Funding decisions are made by our dedicated volunteer Grants Committee of community members with diverse interests and experience.
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 once a year, and our dedicated volunteer grants committee thoughtfully reviews each application and recommends awards.
2021 Competitive Grant Statistics:
- Amount Funded: $563,800
- Applications Funded: 43
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 October. Funding is subsequently available in early January, upon receipt of grant contracts for approved requests. If you have questions, please email Shelby Read or call (307) 739-1026.
Grant reports for competitive grants 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 Cindy Corona.
- 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.
2021 Competitive Grants
Arts & Culture
Art Association of Jackson Hole
Art Education during Covid-19 (Operating Support) $15,000
The Art Association seeks operating support for art education programming in 2021. This is our most urgent need, as we continue to face uncertainty about both programming scope and revenue streams. Specifically, we face significant uncertainty about Art Fair revenue, which is typically 20% of our operating budget.
Center for the Arts
Center Theater Livestream Services $25,000
The Center needs to purchase equipment and integrate it into our website and ticketing system in order to present professional-grade livestream programs. This project will support our organization, our Resident partners, as well as the many organizations that utilize our theater. It will aid in growing the audience and donor bases for the many organizations that we help serve.
David Dorfman Commissioned Artist in Residence $10,000
Dancers’ Workshop will partner with David Dorfman Dance, a world-renowned dance company, through a 2-year Commissioned Artist Residency focused on community outreach and community driven projects. The two companies, DW and DDD, will share dancers and administrative staff resources, to achieve their shared foundations of inspiring and healing through dance.
Grand Teton Music Festival
GTMF on Location $10,000
GTMF On Location is a filmed chamber music series featuring GTMF Festival Orchestra Musicians performing in their home cities. The programs will be released monthly during winter and spring on GTMF’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. The series will stand in place of our canceled 2020/2021 free Community Concert Series, which typically serves Jackson’s local residents with in-person performances.
Jackson Hole Chorale
Sustaining Funding for Alternative Programming During Pandemic $7,000
During this pandemic time, we wish to continue to engage our members and community. A series of learning sessions has been developed for our singers by Ron Fabry, our Artistic Director, focusing on musical notation and theory also a music history/appreciation with presentation of two 50-minute classes per week.
Jackson Hole Community Radio
KHOL Newsroom Support $30,000
Support for Jackson’s only nonprofit newsroom so that we can continue to provide in-depth news for our community and achieve affiliation with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Jackson Hole Writers
2021 Youth Writers Conference and “Almost Authors” Writing Camps $5,000
Jackson Hole Writers proposes our first writers conference specifically for teen writers. This day-and-a-half conference for youth (ages 9-18) offers a mix of programs similar to the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. In addition, we propose a fourth series of “Almost Authors” youth writing camps: six, free, four-hour, writing workshops for young writers organized in collaboration with the Teton County Library.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
DEAI 2020-21: Expanding our Initiatives $5,800
To address continuing diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusivity issues affecting some of our more marginalized community members, NMWA respectfully requests financial support to 1) provide virtual classes and museum visits for Teton Literacy Center and Central Wyoming College, 2) translate specific museum audio tour resources into Spanish, 3) two wheelchairs, and 4) four automatic swing door openers for gallery doors.
Off Square Theatre Company
Theatre Arts Education & Free Performances $15,000
OSTC will provide COVID-conscious performances and education for all ages, including the youth musical, summer camps, and older adult outreach. The youth musical will serve up to 40 performers. We will offer more performances of the free, outdoor Thin Air Shakespeare so we can serve more with a less crowded outdoor seating layout. We hope to serve over 2,000.
Winter/Spring Uncommon Art Residency $5,000
Teton Artlab, in partnership with the Anvil Hotel and the Art Association, will provide 6-8 artists with 16 weeks of housing, meals, studio space, and $250/week stipends between November 2020 and May of 2021. These artists represent a wide range of disciplines and geographic areas and will provide free slide shows, exhibitions, and screenings while in residence.
Teton Music School
Stabilize and Grow, Operating Support 2021 $18,000
Teton Music School is working to build our capacity and operational ability in order to improve efficiency, increase impact and better serve our mission. We are seeking support for this effort, which includes hiring a full-time Executive Director and part-time operational support, developing technology infrastructure, systematizing operational needs, and clearly articulating a strategic plan.
Becoming Jackson Whole
Mindfulness Training for Community Resilience $10,000
Prior to global pandemic and economic instability, Jackson Hole exhibited deeply concerning mental health trends. Accumulated months of health fears and political discord further threaten this community’s fragile well-being. By scaling execution of a time-efficient, research-backed mindfulness training program — targeting outreach to marginalized groups — Becoming Jackson Whole will enhance community capacity to face challenges with resilience and civility.
Conservation & Environment
Astoria Park Conservancy
Astoria 2021 Community Activation Programs $14,000
Astoria Park Conservancy (APC) opened the hot springs this September, ready to tackle our community’s need for affordable access to a welcoming facility that provides unique wellness opportunities and gathering spaces. A 2021 Competitive Grant will allow APC to launch accessible community programs, adjusted for COVID, in partnership with other organizations focused on equitable access, outdoor education, and wellness opportunities
Grand Teton National Park Foundation
Winter Snow Ranger in Grand Teton National Park $5,000
Grant funds will support a park avalanche forecaster who collaborates with the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center (BTAC), bringing park-specific weather data and snowpack assessments to backcountry travelers. Prior to this interagency collaboration, there was not any information collected from the park that was formally included in BTAC’s forecasting, and GTNP’s winter backcountry use has increased significantly in the last decade.
Jackson Community Recycling/Teton County ISWR
Bear Spray, Isobutane, and Propane Canister Disposal $6,000
Teton County needs an affordable and sustainable bear spray, propane, and isobutane canister disposal program. By fall of 2021, Teton County and our regional partners will no longer have an affordable and safe option for proper disposal of these materials. Project funding will support ISWR in establishing a temporary program until ISWR and our regional partners find a long-term solution.
Jackson Hole Land Trust
Environmental Education Toolkits $4,000
The JHLT will continue to provide resources to children and families through educational programming by developing hands-on curriculum toolkits for environmental and outdoors education. These toolkits will be used by JHLT staff, and loaned out to partner organizations to support school district and nonprofit educational programming.
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
Resources for Neighbors to Nature Volunteer Programming $9,390
JHWF seeks to boost resources for volunteer programming in 2021, assisting primarily with the Neighbors to Nature: Cache Creek Study. This local, partners project involves citizen scientists in data collection on wildlife and recreational use in the Greater Cache Creek area. JHWF needs additional capacity to source, recruit, train and manage volunteers for this project.
Teton Raptor Center
Sporting Lead-Free $6,650
Sporting Lead-Free is a new collaborative initiative of Teton Raptor Center and Wyoming Wildlife Federation to educating hunters about using lead-free ammunition to reduce lead poisoning in wildlife. We are seeking support to bolster educational video production for both hunters and other education partners. This will compliment concurrent in-person shooting demonstrations and education across Wyoming.
The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming
Fire on the Mountain: Increasing Community Resilience to Wildfire $15,000
Leveraging community volunteers and our partners, we will restore the burned hillside behind the National Museum of Wildlife Art (Museum), and also plant native vegetation along the Sculpture Trail for public education. This will inform post-fire restoration best practices across Jackson Hole, while simultaneously reaching thousands of locals and visitors through volunteer events and a free outdoor exhibit.
Engagement Through Film $9,925
Using the beauty of wildlife film, this project increases the diversity of public engagement in land management forums and meetings. Using the latest data available on COVID-era engagement, a series of short video clips illustrate the lynchpin environmental role of five specific species that are significantly impacted by limitless trapping.
Wyoming Wilderness Association
Solitude Monitoring on the Bridger-Teton and Caribou Targhee National Forests $2,500
The Forest Service (FS) is responsible for monitoring opportunities for “solitude” throughout Wilderness areas they manage. Solitude is one of the foundational characteristics identified in the Wilderness Act of 1964, the law that protects all designated Wilderness today. This project organizes citizen scientists in collecting solitude data, to inform federal agency management and inspire volunteer stewardship of public lands.
Children’s Learning Center
Early Childhood Education: Ensuring Access for All $15,000
Teton County families pay more than double the federally recommended 7% of monthly income for childcare. Nearly half the families in childcare at CLC receive tuition assistance, but this critical aid is jeopardized by significant revenue losses from necessary COVID-related reductions in enrollment. This project protects CLC’s tuition assistance program, ensuring the safe, nurturing, affordable educational setting working families deserve.
City Kids Wilderness Project
Clean and Healthy Camp for Urban Youth $7,000
Our summer camp at Broken Arrow Ranch (17 miles south of Jackson) needs a commercial dishwashing and sanitization system for dishes to serve 80 youth and counselors daily, as dictated by COVID-19. We are also requesting a 4-person commercial sink system outside the dining hall for our youth participants to wash hands before meals.
Fund for Public Education – Teton County, WY
Free School Meals for All $35,000
Free School Meals for All aims to alleviate food insecurity for thousands of families in Teton County by providing free breakfast and lunch to any child under the age of 19 during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Jackson Hole Children’s Museum
Fantastic Friday’s: Afterschool for Workforce Families $10,000
We propose to provide 360 student hours of STEAM programming delivered over 30 FREE two hour after school programs for twelve K-3 students on Fridays at Jackson Hole Children’s Museum and/or Colter Elementary School. We plan to run these programs January through June and September through December of 2021.
Slow Food in the Tetons
May Park Community Garden Fence $5,000
Slow Food seeks to replace the May Garden fence with an 8-foot version of the same design. The purpose is to keep deer out and prevent recurring devastation of the annual harvest. The taller fence will be effective against deer; safe for wildlife, pets, and people; in keeping with the park aesthetic, and endure as a low maintenance, long-term solution.
Teton Literacy Center
Tutoring Program Enhancements and Virtual Shift $13,500
Teton Literacy Center respectfully requests funds to adapt and enhance our K-12 Tutoring Program in response to Covid-19 school closures and hybrid schedules. We will provide intensive, free individualized academic tutoring in literacy and/or math for 75 students, including 20 6-12th grade students. This program will support at-risk students continue in their academic growth in these adaptive learning environments.
Spanish Language Access to Wyoming Stargazing Online Programming $5,000
Wyoming Stargazing is aware of the gross inequities that exist in our society, particularly apparent in the underrepresentation of women and people of color in the STEM fields. Our first step is to try to increase access for the local Latinx community through a Spanish Language Access initiative in collaboration with One22 and Voices JH.
Health & Human Services
Helping Teton Area Low-Income Single Mothers during COVID-19 $10,000
Teton Climb Wyoming requests support to further the innovative steps staff are taking to stabilize families during the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain safe and responsible trainings while providing critical therapeutic and group support. The resource support and adapted career training and placements will stabilize families, provide a hand up to single mothers seeking self-sufficient careers, and fill critical employer shortages.
Community Entry Services
CES documentary and community education campaign $9,000
CES is weathering financial strains due to state budget cuts compounded by the cancellation of our annual fundraiser due to COVID-19. To spark creative avenues for private fundraising, CES wants to produce a mini-documentary and three, one-minute clips for social media with the goal to promote community education regarding the services CES provides to Jackson’s community members with intellectual disabilities.
Community Safety Network
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault $12,000
Funds received by the CFJH Grant will be used to develop, implement and provide a Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group (SASSG). Licensed group therapy, meals, childcare, transportation and supplemental goal-oriented facilitation will be provided. SASSG will meet for six weekly sessions, five different times throughout the year providing a total of thirty group therapy sessions.
The Basics of Disability Inclusion in the Workplace $4,000
Through educational workshops, this project will increase awareness around disability inclusion in the workplace, empower employers with the tools needed to create inclusive workplaces and give community members the resources to become disability inclusion allies and advocates.
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area
Grove Phase Three Community Garden $8,000
Teton Habitat is requesting $15,944 to leverage with our landscaping budget to create a community green space inclusive of 24 raised-bed garden plots (6 – 42sq ft beds and 18 – 52sq ft beds), tool shed, gates, compost and staging area, grass play area, trees, shrubs, four benches, and 28 bike racks in the space to the west of buildings A11 and A12.
Sustainability for Horse Warriors Programming $7,000
Horse Warriors™ requests $7000 to support and sustain its organization to offer programs that develop leadership and empowerment for youth, families, women in transition, equine professionals and cancer survivors – where horsemanship, relationship building, arts immersion and outdoor education play important roles.
Immigrant Hope – Wyoming Idaho
Immigration Legal Aid $12,000
Immigrant Hope is requesting $12,000 to provide immigration legal services to approximately 12 clients. By providing a pathway to legal residency or citizenship, Immigrant Hope helps clients become integrated in the community, work legally, and no longer fear deportation. It costs an average of $1000 for Immigrant Hope to file immigration paperwork for a client.
Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding
Technology to Improve Service Delivery $5,600
Recent evolutions in the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies industry, coupled with the implications of the pandemic, have changed the way instructors do their jobs. Previously necessary only for administrative staff, computers are now equally crucial for instructors to effectively deliver services, adhere to standards, and maintain certification. Possessing insufficient equipment, JHTR seeks funding for seven dedicated instructor laptops.
Senior Center of Jackson Hole
Community Home Care $45,635
The Community Home Care program will provide an additional six months of sliding-fee home care services for seniors and people age 18-59 with short or long-term disabilities. Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and Care Companions provide bathing, dressing, toileting, shopping, meal preparation, respite care, medication management and light housekeeping to help people live at home for as long as possible.
St. John’s Health Foundation
Prenatal Entry Program at St. John’s $5,000
The Prenatal Entry Program for low-income women (PEP) provides access to healthcare by subsidizing the cost of prenatal care. Women who access prenatal care have better short- and long-term health outcomes. The goal is to ensure that every woman delivering a baby at St. John’s Health has received prenatal care.
Teton Adaptive Sports
Adaptive Paddling Training $7,000
In the spring of 2021, Teton Adaptive will facilitate and host a training for 10 boating professionals from local outfitters. At the end of the training those professionals will be certified to offer services to people with disabilities and Teton Adaptive will partner with them for future programs.
Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation
TCSAR Volunteer Rescue Readiness Remodel $30,000
TCSARF is fundraising to increase the size of our Locker Room. Although we do have a SAR building, we still lack dedicated space to house volunteers’ personal equipment. We still rely on team members to keep a majority of their equipment in their personal vehicles, which can lead to a decrease in response time and an increase in equipment repair and replacement.
Teton Youth & Family Services
Van Vleck Education Coordinator $25,000
The Van Van Vleck Education Coordinator will work with students residing in our Group Home and Crisis Shelter to coordinate and manage school with the student’s home district in order to increase the student’s success during the 20-21 school year.
Coombs Room Winter $20,000
The Coombs Room is a safe, supportive, structured place where kids can come for an organized study hall and safe social interaction with peers. By combining this study time with our traditional outdoor activities, we are filling a massive need in our kids’ lives and supporting the health and well-being of our youth.
Friends of Pathways
Healthy Forest Healthy People $15,000
The Healthy Forest, Healthy People project will provide increased stewardship for areas on the Bridger-Teton National Forest that have been impacted by high visitation. Funds will directly support winter grooming in Cache Creek, additional seasonal manpower, the installation of a vault toilet at the base of the Old Pass Road and help offset Forest Service and Teton County budget cuts.