Competitive Grants Program
The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole provides grants through a biannual application process to strategically support local organizations addressing community needs and providing enrichment opportunities 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.
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.
Second Cycle 2017 Competitive Grant Statistics:
- Amount Funded: $199,177
- Applications Funded: 34
- Average Award Size: $5858
- Applications Received: 48
- Amount Requested: $461,968
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.
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.
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.
Arts and Culture
Art Association of Jackson Hole
Expanding Arts Accessibility
Through its Hand-in-Hand program, the Art Association will offer more than 250 outreach sessions to 1,000 students for free. The Art Association partners with over 20 local nonprofits to ensure that Hand-in-Hand provides art education and experiences to all community members, regardless of socioeconomic status, background, age or ability.
Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir
Music Education for All
Cathedral Voices will expand its Singing in the Schools program, which provides supplementary support from highly qualified vocalists for choir students. With this support, they will expand High School Choir’s participation in Cathedral Voices’ spring 2018 Music Festival. The funding will also help create a Children’s Choir to perform at the Festival and make festival programs and workshops free.
Center for the Arts
Collaborating with Jackson Hole Public Art, The Center will create a Pavilion to activate The Center Park and increase participation in the arts. Designed and built by local artists and architects, the Pavilion will be a sculpture park and venue for programs led by Center residents and other groups.
Savion Glover in Residence
Dancers’ Workshop is developing a long-term relationship with Tony Award-winning tap dancer, choreographer and producer Savion Glover to create a tap dance program. Glover will be in residence for three weeklong residencies in 2018. Each will feature multilevel classes for the public, a training workshop for teachers and outreach to the community. In July of 2018, Glover will perform a free open rehearsal leading up to a ticketed event.
Grand Teton Music Festival
Preserving the Music of our Valley
The Festival will begin the process of archiving and preserving nearly 40 years of recorded concerts. These audio archives, currently at least 2,400 hours, represent the legacy of the oldest performing arts presenter in Jackson. Cataloging and archiving the inventory digitally will allow for institutional reference, historic preservation and, eventually, public access.
Jackson Hole Chorale
The Chorale will present a Christmas Concert, a Messiah Sing-Along, and a traditional Spring Concert for free. Funds will support venue rental, marketing and weekly rehearsals for the volunteer community choir led by a music director and accompanist.
Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum
The Historical Society and Museum is embarking on a comprehensive programmatic, strategic, and facilities planning process to ensure long-term financial and organizational stability and relevancy. The process will address creative solutions for ensuring that JHHSM continues to benefit the community as it stewards Jackson Hole’s cultural heritage.
Jackson Hole Writers
Young Authors Writing Camps
The Young Authors Writing Camp provides six, free, hands-on writing workshops for participants aged 10-13 at the Teton County Library. At each session participants will practice the craft of writing, use their imaginations, engage with others, learn how to take and give constructive criticism and be inspired by established writers to find their own voices on the page.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Latino Community Engagement
More fully engaging its Spanish-speaking audience, the Museum will translate labels of key artworks, its mobile app, and select pages on its website into Spanish. In addition, the Museum will offer family events and ESL classes, train a local Latino, Spanish-speaking docent to lead interpretative tours and provide transportation to its facility.
Off Square Theatre Company
Beauty & the Beast and Theatre Arts Education
Off Square Theater will produce Beauty & the Beast, starring Teton County youth, and will continue its successful theatre arts education programming for all ages, including summer camps, afterschool programs, talkbacks, older adult outreach and the Wyoming Shakespeare Conservatory.
Riot Act Inc.
Rapture Blister Burn
Riot Act will produce the full length play Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo in May of 2018. Riot Act’s 15th Season celebrates women in theater by producing plays written by women with content about women’s issues. A comedy, Rapture, Blister, Burn is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of feminist ideals.
Wyoming Humanities Council
I AM Exhibit & Programs
This exhibit in January of 2018 is a visual celebration of the crucial role that Middle Eastern women play as guardians of peace. Featuring art from 31 acclaimed artists representing 12 countries in the Middle East, I AM confronts issues related to culture, religion, and social reality in a rapidly changing world. Related programs will challenge stereotypes, violence against women and misconceptions about the “other.”
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS
Two current employees have completed prerequisite courses and are ready to participate in Weber State University’s paramedic training program. Due to a 28% budget cut, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS could only fund one program participant. The benefits of sending two candidates to school together are numerous including cost savings on travel and hotels and the opportunity for the candidates to study and train together.
Teton County Access to Justice Center
Civil Litigation Mediation Program
Access to Justice will collaborate with attorneys and mediators to offer mediation services to parties in civil matter disputes. Mediation services will be offered at a reduced fee or free for community members referred by Teton County Courts. This service offers an alternative for resolving issues and is expected to be a great benefit to parties that are negotiating custody or that are ready to settle their cases.
Conservation and Environment
Grand Teton National Park Foundation
Preserving the Bar BC Dude Ranch
Established in 1912, Bar BC Dude Ranch is one of the most significant cultural sites in Wyoming due to its role as a trendsetter for the dude ranching movement in Jackson Hole, having hosted William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and John D. Rockefeller among others. The structures at Bar BC are in disrepair and need to be restored and preserved to provide a safe and interesting site for future generations of visitors and residents to enjoy. The end goal is an interpretive district that people can visit by foot, boat, horse, bike or car to appreciate the dude ranch experience, its historic importance and its magnificent scenic location.
Jackson Community Recycling
RRR in a Box
Reduce-Reuse-Recycle (RRR) presentations in a box are do-it-yourself informational toolkits, with RRR related materials. Three different boxes will address commercial, residential and classroom audiences in both English and Spanish. The project will amplify ISWR’s outreach and strengthen commitment to reducing, reusing, recycling, composting and minimizing waste among individuals and organizations.
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
Wildlife Friendly Landscapes
Utilizing existing migration data from collaborators, the Wildlife Friendly Landscapes program will work with partners and volunteers to strategically remove or modify fences blocking large mammal migration corridors around Jackson and toward Pinedale and Dubois.
Legacy Philanthropy Works
Flat Creek Public Awareness Campaign
Partnering with the Snake River Fund, Legacy Philanthropy Works will develop a strategic media campaign to draw public awareness to the Flat Creek Corridor. Flat Creek runs through the Town of Jackson and is an important community asset that is currently under threat. This campaign will demonstrate the threats and opportunities for improving Flat Creek’s water quality and overall function.
Celebrating and Conserving Teton Mountain Lions
Panthera will continue utilizing its camera technology to support the conservation of mountain lions and provide insights into their lives. Field methods include catching mountain lions and fitting them with GPS collars that relay their whereabouts in near real time. By placing motion-triggered video cameras in key locations, Panthera can record natural mountain lion behavior. These videos have produced substantial new research material and been used in collaboration with the BBC and National Geographic Wild for the films Big Cats in High Places and Cougars Undercover.
Snake River Fund
Saving Lives on the River
Snake River Fund seeks to build a more responsible river recreation culture through a targeted educational campaign using media outreach tools (print, radio, social media) and subsidizing river rescue trainings for non-professionals. Outreach will target audiences at river-gear rental shops, at boat ramps, and in broader settings with important safety and awareness messages including: 1) Before you go on the river, be able to take care of yourself and your party and be ready to help others; and 2) Timely help from Search & Rescue will most likely not come fast enough to save your life.
Teton Raptor Center
Education about Non-lead Bullets
The goal of this project is to gather information about the current percentage of hunters that use non-lead ammunition and attitudes about lead alternatives. This is a vital first step in creating and identifying measurable benchmarks to evaluate the impact of future outreach and effective education strategies. The long-term goal is to develop and implement an effective non-lead education campaign for Jackson Hole that results in greater than 85% of hunters using alternative ammunition and serves as a model for other communities in the West.
The Nature Conservancy – Jackson Chapter
In the 1970s, noted local ecologist Frank Craighead, Jr. observed flowering times for numerous species around Blacktail Butte in Grand Teton National Park, which he compiled in his classic book, For Everything There Is a Season. Using Craighead’s data as a baseline, this project will compare current-day flowering and fruiting times versus those from forty years ago in the same area of GTNP. The Nature Conservancy will engage people to collect data through a citizen science program and invite the community to get outdoors and observe.
Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition
Emissions Inventory Update
Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities will partner with Energy Conservation Works to commission an updated emissions inventory by Climate Scientist Richard Heede. In 2008, Heede completed Teton County’s first Emissions Inventory. He will utilize the same methodologies to ensure accuracy and provide useful comparative data. Updating this study will give much needed insight into top emissions sources to help direct future projects. Heede will also train staff from both nonprofits about his methodology to pass down his knowledge.
Central Wyoming College
Establishing a Culture of Philanthropy
Central Wyoming College aspires to build an organizational Culture of Philanthropy that supports board members and volunteer leaders in creating and implementing fundraising activities in collaborative and donor-focused ways. This new public-private financial model will ensure CWC-Jackson’s ability to serve expanding educational needs as it works to make its new Educational Center on Veronica Lane a reality.
Jackson Hole Children’s Museum
Planning for a Sustainable Future
The Children’s Museum is working on a plan to secure a forever home. To successfully lay the groundwork supporting this process, they will work with consultants to develop a messaging campaign and outreach strategy and to assist in navigating negotiations with Town and County entities and individual developers. In addition, they will hire a development associate to setup and populate a new donor database to strengthen fundraising in the coming years.
Teton County Education Foundation
TCSD Book Fair Expansion
This project expands the existing Book Fair Program to include students at both Jackson Elementary and Colter Elementary schools. The program ensures that every student can select a book to take home during each school’s book fair. This expansion will ensure at-risk students at both schools are included in a respectful, comfortable manner.
Next Generation Science Standards
Teton County School District (TCSD) is preparing to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards into its curriculum. Due to school expansion and budget cuts, TCSD requested assistance from local nonprofits to begin drafting a K-12 science curriculum progression, including JH Wild, Raptor Center, Snake River Fund, Teton Science Schools, Trout Unlimited, Wyoming Stargazing and others. These nonprofits will help develop a comprehensive science curriculum in close collaboration with TCSD’s Curriculum Coordinator and lead teachers. This grant supports development of the structure for the curriculum progression and completion of a K-5 pilot program by May of 2018.
Health and Human Services
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Tetons
Build the Grove, Shape Our Future
Started in June 2017, The Grove-Phase III reduces costs by designing smaller, simpler spaces and utilizing volunteer labor to build homes. Stage 1 consists of the first eight of 24 homes for Category 1 income earners. In four years, 24 homes will be built, with two, four-unit buildings completed approximately every 16 months. When finished, the Grove will help an economically diverse workforce establish homes for their families in Jackson.
Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center
MyStrength is a mobile application that will support therapeutic efforts, engage clients between sessions and provide tools that empower clients to take charge of their treatment. In addition to helping clients and Counseling Center staff, MyStrength will also be accessible to the general community at no cost. Community members will be able to access interactive applications through the website to help deal with stress, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety and substance use.
Senior Center of Jackson Hole
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 a major problem among the elderly. With this grant, the Senior Center serves free lunches to 175 seniors each month.
Slow Food in the Tetons
Slow Food Bucks
The Slow Food Bucks program will make high quality nutritious food more accessible and affordable to low-income and food insecure families and members of our community with diet-related chronic illnesses. Slow Food Bucks will be a currency at the Farmers Market, the People’s market and Slow Food’s farm stand. Qualified program participants will be able to exchange SNAP Benefits (USDA food stamps) or Veggie Vouchers for Slow Food Bucks to purchase fresh food at any of these locations.
St. John’s Hospital Foundation
Prenatal Entry Program
The Prenatal Entry Program (PEP) for low-income women is a community-supported collaborative project subsidizing the cost of prenatal care and providing access to healthcare. 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, helps women access other resources, including parenting education. Approximately 377 pregnant women have benefited from PEP since its inception.
Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation
The Fine Line Podcast
A podcast series, the Fine Lines tells real stories of adventure, risk and rescue in Jackson’s backcountry. The podcast delves into the physical, mental and social dynamics of backcountry adventure and the fine line people walk between life and death in the quest for adventure. The series is part of Backcountry Zero’s education and outreach program, which strives to reduce fatalities in the backcountry.
Teton Youth and Family Services
Family Stabilization Project
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has significantly increased detainments in Jackson in recent months. With fears about ICE hanging over them, there are families in need that are not seeking help. The Family Stabilization Project will reach out to these families to assure them that they do not need to fear legal repercussions for seeking help and aid them in accessing available resources. Building trust through people with strong connections to the immigrant population, Teton Youth and Family Services will develop print and audio-visual materials to connect these families to crisis services and support.
Doug Coombs Foundation
Be REAL, a Mentoring Project
The Doug Coombs Foundation is developing a pilot mentorship program to enhance the leadership and mentoring aspects of its program, so that it can better meet the needs of Jackson’s at-risk youth and ensure every participant builds an authentic connection with an adult. Two gender-based mentoring cohorts will meet monthly throughout the winter, spring and fall; in the summer, they will participate in a multi-day camp in Grand Teton National Park.
Friends of Pathways
Bridges on Teton Pass Trails
In 2016, record snowfall and spring runoff severely impacted the Teton Pass trail system, damaging and wiping out bridges and eroding creek crossings entirely. Last spring crews built temporary fixes so bridges would remain operable for the summer, but it is clear that many would not withstand another winter. Friends of Pathways will rebuild 16 bridges and water crossings to U.S. Forest Service standards, improving trail access in this highly traveled area.
Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club
To maintain inclusiveness, Jackson Hole Lacrosse needs to replace aging rental equipment and provide scholarship funding for those who need this equipment. JHLC aspires to offer all youth in Jackson, regardless of economic status, the opportunity to discover, embrace and participate in lacrosse.
Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club
Backcountry awareness and education
This summer and fall the JHSC initiated a mountain awareness curriculum. The Peak Program focuses on the basics of recreating and training in the mountains, while also providing opportunities to pursue advanced skills and certifications in these areas. This program will benefit over 400 local student-athletes and expand participation and opportunities for local and visiting youth.
Skating Club of Jackson Hole
Learn to Skate
Learn to Skate provides opportunities for children, ages 4-8, to enjoy ice skating and athletic achievement. The program delivers various levels of instruction from Snow Plow Sam to free skating, requiring several different coaches to provide appropriate instruction for different levels. Funds will also help support the Skating Director and pay for ice time.
Special Olympics Wyoming
For more than three decades Teton County has hosted the Special Olympics’ Wyoming Winter Games involving over 350 athletes, coaches and volunteers for events in alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. The Special Olympics has a major impact on the participating athletes, from five programs in Jackson and fourteen other communities throughout Wyoming. This grant allows Special Olympics to expand its holistic approach
with well-balanced meals for competitors that promote a healthy lifestyle.