Competitive Grants Program

Each year, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole awards Competitive Grants to support organizations addressing important community needs in Teton County, Wyoming. Funding decisions are made by a volunteer Grants Committee comprised of dedicated community members with diverse interests and experience.

2022 Competitive Grants Press Release
$725,000 total awarded to 50 applicants in January 2022
(Scroll down to “2022 Grantees” for project/award details)


October 3, 2022 at 12pm – October 28, 2022 at 5pm (MDT)

Questions? Email programservices@cfjacksonhole.org


Apply for a Competitive Grant

Grant Program Details

Eligibility & Requirements
  • Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government entity, or other IRS-recognized charitable organization serving Teton County, Wyoming OR be fiscally-sponsored by an entity that meets these requirements.
  • Grant funds must be used exclusively in Teton County, Wyoming.
  • Funds may not be used for debt retirement or religious or political activities.
  • Applicant’s work must not be primarily focused on influencing legislation.
  • Grant funds may not be used for a project or training that has already been completed.
Available Funds

Competitive Grants awards over $600,000 per year to eligible organizations in Teton County, Wyoming. Applicants may request $3,001-50,000. (Smaller requests may be submitted through Micro Grants or Youth Philanthropy.) Proposals may be partially funded.


Competitive Grants support a range of nonprofit work reflecting the diverse needs and interests of our community. Applications from eligible organizations serving Teton County, Wyoming are welcome. Applicants may request funding to support new or existing programs, capital projects, equipment purchases, general operations, and capacity building.

This grants program generally does not support recurring expenses, routine equipment/facilities maintenance, youth scholarships, marketing/communications, staff travel, or requests that have been previously funded by the Community Foundation or requested more than once within a 12-month period. This program also does not typically support professional development training of $4,000 or less. Applicants seeking funding of this nature are encouraged to pursue a Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Business Training Grant.

What does the Grants Committee look for?

  • Clear community need with supporting evidence
  • A well-developed scope of work that addresses the stated need and will have a meaningful impact
  • Proposed work is non-duplicative of what related organizations are already doing
  • Sustainability of project and organization
  • Stakeholder inclusion and involvement
  • Effective strategic partnerships
  • A rational methodology for meaningful program evaluation
  • A reasonable, comprehensive budget

As the name suggests, Competitive Grants are competitive. The Community Foundation always receives significantly more in funding requests than is available to grant. Proposals addressing the most critical community needs and yielding the greatest benefits are most successful. The Foundation seeks to fund a diversity of proposals from multiple fields of interest.

Questions? Email programservices@cfjacksonhole.org


Application period: October 3, 2022 at 12pm – October 28, 2022 at 5pm
Review period: November 1 – December 7, 2022
Response period: by December 14, 2022
Grant checks mailed for funded proposals: by January 20, 2023 (pending receipt of Grant Contract from grantee)
Project/program implemented and Grant Report submitted: by January 31, 2024

New Application Features!

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce two new features of the Competitive Grants application in fall 2022:

Questions or need tech support? Email programservices@cfjacksonhole.org


Grantees must complete their proposed work and submit a Grant Report by January 31. The report form, accessed via the application platform, asks the grantee to discuss their work’s impact, evaluation, and final budget. Grantees are requested to submit photos if available.

Grant Reports are shared with Grants Committee members by request. Reports may affect future grant awards.

Grantees must adhere to the Foundation’s Communication Guidelines for Grant Recipients.

Questions? Email programservices@cfjacksonhole.org

Funding Sources

Competitive Grants are funded by Old Bill’s CoChallengers, 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 in Community Foundation of Jackson Hole marketing materials or in grant writing workshops. The Community Foundation 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.

2022 Grantees

2022 Competitive Grant Recipients


Animal Adoption Center Inc.                                 

Puppy Rescue, Adoption, and Socialization                     $10,000

This 2022 project is focused on saving the lives of 120 homeless puppies and building solid foundations for their successful, life-long adoptions.  Through collaboration, transport, fostering, early socialization/training, and adoption the AAC moves puppies from often desperate situations, to loving families.  Requested funds will be invested in their medical and physical care as well as their proper socialization and training.

Arts & Culture                                            

Art Association of Jackson Hole                             

Art Education during Covid-19              $10,500

The Art Association seeks operating support for the entirety of our art education programming in 2022. This is our most urgent need, as we continue to face uncertainty about both programming scope and revenue.                                                             

Center for the Arts  

Center Theater Public Address (PA) Speaker System Upgrade                $50,000

The Center needs to purchase a new public address (PA) speaker system for The Center Theater. Our current system is over 15 years old, with many components starting to fail, and is undersized for many of the events hosted in our theater. A new, state-of-the-art system will positively impact every organization that uses The Center Theater for decades to come, including our Resident partners and many other presenting organizations in our community.           

Grand Teton Music Festival

GTMF On the Road                  $16,000

The experience of live music helps people meet their highest-level needs. But access to it is a problem for many in Teton County. GTMF On the Road solves that problem by partnering with area nonprofits to present free, informal outdoor concerts during the summer. As a result, more in our community may access live music and find fulfillment through it.

Jackson Hole Community Radio                            

KHOL Newsroom Support                   $30,000

KHOL seeks continued support for our growing newsroom. Our newsroom produces daily, top-of-the hour news briefs and an in-depth weekly show covering critical issues in Jackson Hole and Wyoming. Having recently obtained affiliation with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting we must now maintain local investment of $275,000 in our station in order to continue to receive their support.

Jackson Hole Public Art                              

Summit Community Connector             $12,000

Summit Community Connector will repurpose Snow King chairlift chairs as colorful benches and swings that form a walking corridor from downtown Jackson to Snow King summit. This placekeeping project celebrates Jackson’s unique cultural identity, history, and people by elevating local ski culture, its heritage, and our landscape. The corridor will provide a place to be outdoors, relax, and find joy.

Jackson Hole Writers                                  

JH Writers Almost Authors Youth Writing Workshops and Conference                        $4,000

Almost Authors 2022 will offer four free writing classes during the summer, plus a day-and-a-half conference in the fall for youth ages 9-16. These events offer a mix of creative writing workshops and one-on-one critiques from local and nationally recognized, award-winning authors and are designed to engage communities where these opportunities are typically limited due to financial constraints.

National Museum of Wildlife Art                           

A Summer of Discovery                        $5,000

To celebrate our gateway parks through the arts by involving local students, teachers, artists, and other community members, NMWA will develop a multi-media summer exhibit focused on our alpine mountain environment, emphasizing Grand Teton National Park AND watercolor workshops to supplement our featured summer exhibit, Thomas Moran’s Yellowstone which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park.                                                           

Off Square Theatre Company        

Theatre Arts Education + Free Performances                 $20,000

OSTC will provide free performances and education programs, including the youth musical, Missoula Children’s Theatre, and summer camps. The youth musical will serve up to 40 performers and other programs will reach at least 100 youth. We will offer seven performances of free, outdoor Thin Air Shakespeare for the program’s tenth anniversary. Collectively, we will reach 3,500 audience members.

Teton Artlab             

Uncommon Art Residency                    $5,000

Between January 1st and April 27th, 2022, The Uncommon Art Residency at the Anvil Hotel in Jackson will provide our community with free access to 5 exceptional creative thinkers from around the nation, while assisting these artists with the creation of new work and ideas by providing free housing, stipends, and studio space.

Teton Historic Preservation Foundation                          

Preservation Awareness                        $10,000

Despite the growing number of preservation tools and incentives available to owners of historic buildings, demolition is common practice in local real estate transactions. Many of the preservation options are new, and few realtors or owners are aware of the possibilities they offer. In the hands of realtors and property owners, preservation tools diversify development options while encouraging historic preservation.

Teton Music School                         

Grow our Audience                  $25,000

Teton Music School is a young organization whose next priority is to refine our internal systems and grow our fundraising, communication and marketing capacity to keep pace with our programs. By developing this operational capability, we will be able to cultivate a strong base of support, serve more scholarship students, offer more programs and meet community demand for music education.

Vista 360                               

The Green Power Stimulus Plan:  Using the Arts for Community Engagement                 $10,000

The Green Power Stimulus Plan will produce intensive year-round programming that brings the beautiful possibilities of renewable energy to life for people of all ages.  This programming will be led by an extraordinary artist-in-residence team, Land Art Generator Initiatives.  Concrete change, including tripling enrollment in the Green Power program, is the desired outcome.


Becoming Jackson Whole                           

21-Day Mindfulness Challenge               $5,000

Becoming Jackson Whole will deliver a free 21-Day Mindfulness Challenge to the Teton County community in January 2022 designed to demystify mindfulness and spread awareness of the resilience tools we all naturally possess. With practice, anyone can experience the positive changes that occur when you “strength train” your brain through intentional attention. This format encourages development of a consistent habit.

Conservation & Environment                                             

Astoria Park Conservancy

Astoria 2022 Community Programs                   $14,000

Building off the success of our 2021 programs, Astoria Park Conservancy’s 2022 community programs will provide accessible outdoor education and wellness opportunities and expand access to our facility. Engaging residents in a variety of activities at Astoria will enhance the visitor experience at the park, connect residents from different backgrounds, and inspire the next generation of conservation stewards.

Grand Teton National Park Foundation 

Preserving Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park             $15,000

The Mormon Row Initiative is a multi-year, holistic preservation and visitor enhancement effort that will address priority stabilization needs of the Mormon Row Historic District’s remaining structures, protect sensitive natural resources, adaptively reuse a homestead for seasonal employee housing, and provide new opportunities for the local Jackson community and visiting public to explore and connect with the landscape’s fascinating history.

Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance

JH Passage Project: Modeling Transportation Solutions for Hwy 22                     $15,000

The Alliance is launching the JH Passage Project to develop ecologically-responsible transportation solutions that provide safe and effective means of moving people around the valley. We have hired national experts to develop this plan. The first step is to model traffic given different solutions. We request assistance to pay for an in-depth modeling analysis by the County’s traffic consultants.

Jackson Hole Ducks Unlimited

Astoria Park Habitat Restoration                       $7,500

Ducks Unlimited is working with partners to develop a master restoration plan for wetlands and associated habitats at Astoria Park. This plan will complement natural features, provide optimal habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife, and interconnect these habitats with nature trails and interpretive signage to educate and inspire all visitors about the importance of these habitats to wildlife and people.

Jackson Hole Land Trust

Greenspace on the Block Maintenance               $10,000

The Jackson Hole Land Trust seeks support from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole to maintain the Greenspace on the Block safely and properly. Now that the downtown greenspace is fully open to the public and seeing high use, community support is needed to steward and maintain the property.

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

Bear Wise Jackson Partners’ Outreach Campaign                       $10,000

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation’s Bear Wise Jackson communications campaign is a partnership with Grand Teton National Park, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Bridger-Teton National Forest to reduce bear conflicts with Teton County, Wyoming residents and visitors. For 2022, we seek support to produce an updated education and outreach campaign aimed at protecting bears and people.

Nature Conservancy-Jackson Office

Fire on the Mountain Phase 2: Increasing Community Resilience to Wildfire                    $15,000

Restoration takes time. Now in Phase Two, we must keep momentum and continue post-fire restoration and research of the burn behind the National Wildlife Art Museum, leverage community volunteers to expand the Greater Yellowstone Botanical Tour, produce a Native Plant Resource Guide for Teton County, and complete translation of the audio tour into Spanish to reach thousands of people annually.                       

Snake River Fund

Recreational Easement Mapping                         $10,000

Since the 1980’s the public has been guaranteed legal access to private property within the Snake River corridor. This project will research all private property titles in the Snake River corridor from Grand Teton National Park to the Bridger-Teton National Forest, we will map and digitize the recreational easements and provide the GIS layer to Teton County for its public map server.

Teton Raptor Center

Hardeman Barn Learning Lab                 $25,000

The final phase of site improvement work at Teton Raptor Center in 2022 will focus on restoration of the historic Hardeman Barn. The preservation of the structure will enable TRC to expand year-round, onsite educational programs and serve youth populations with the creation and outfitting of a dedicated, educational Learning Lab space for deepened and more diverse program offerings onsite.

Wyoming Stargazing

Save Our Night Skies                $20,000

This project will devise and execute a plan to position the Town of Jackson and Grand Teton National Park for accreditation by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Key elements of the plan include modernizing local outdoor lighting policies; increasing public support for dark skies; establishing outdoor lighting best practices; and promoting development of regional astrotourism, while prioritizing public safety.

Wyoming Wildlife Federation

Community Service Through Ecology                 $6,000

WWF proposes to take our focus on Wyoming wildlife and ecology to help meet the needs of the Jackson community through the Hunters for the Hungry food donation program and affordable summer day camps for Jackson children to meet local childcare needs.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson

Science Culture: Lab Space for CWC                 $11,500

CWC Jackson requests funding to establish a science lab that will improve the quality of our science courses while enabling more science and pre-med classes to be offered. This project will also expand current and future scientific research opportunities for CWC students while potentially opening doors for collaboration with other scientific groups in the community.

Children’s Learning Center

Food for Kids               $6,000

In this community of tremendous resources, at least 1 in 10 children experiences hunger. CLC’s Food for Kids program ensures that each child in our care is equipped to reach their full potential, nourished by a full day’s supply of home-cooked, healthy meals enjoyed around a table with their peers.

First in Family Jackson Hole Scholarship

ACT Preparation for First Generation Students              $8,000

Test Preparation in Jackson Hole is limited to those with economic resources or flexible schedules, something first generation students often lack. This project will offer a free ACT bootcamp to all first generation students in Teton County to help them meet their goals. With higher ACT scores, these students will have greater options for college admission and financial aid.

Fund for Public Education – Teton County, WY

Love Your Teeth: Free Dental Care for TCSD#1 K-5 Students               $24,200

The Love Your Teeth program provides free dental screenings for all TCSD#1 students in grades K-5, and free dental treatment for students who have no other means of receiving care.

Jackson Hole Children’s Museum

Sustainable Workforce              $9,000

The Jackson Hole Children’s Museum seeks support in order to provide all 6 existing FT/YR staff with a six month housing stipend.  This stipend is intended to become a formal benefit offered to staff and budgeted for in the 22/22 FY.  The purpose of this funding request is to offer this benefit to staff 6 months earlier than the budgeting cycle currently allows for.  We aim to provide a $500/month housing stipend to the 6 FT staff for $3000 per staff member or $18,000 total split between JHCM & CFJH.

Legacy Philanthropy Works

Systems of Education: Expanding Communication Capacity                     $12,000

The Expanding Communication Capacity project will enhance visibility and coordination of SOE initiatives by: establishing a SOE web and social media presence, funding a SOE Coordinator and website content updater for two years, and cultivating active shared leadership in SOE to create and communicate innovative out of school time opportunities and approaches.

Teton Science Schools

Tutoring Program Enhancements and Virtual Shift                      $7,900

The Rising Educators program is a 3-part internship for local LatinX high school youth. The youth are trained in place-based education, leadership skills, and career development. They are then hired by local organizations providing summer camps to teach programming focused on public lands, science, and leadership. Participants receive ongoing professional development and mentorship throughout their employment.

Health & Human Services

Community Entry Services

Bathroom Remodel + Teton Habitat                  $17,840

With Teton Habitat as a partner, Community Entry Services is requesting $17,840 to mitigate the plumbing and electrical costs associated with refurbishing a bathroom in one of our group residences where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive 24-hour, life-long care, supervision, and support to render it fully accessible according to ADA standards.

Community Safety Network

Housing Transformation Helping Survivor Safety            $18,000

Funds received by the CFJH Grant will be used to replace, repair and/or renovate 2 Long Term Transitional Apartments located on the Community Safety Network (CSN) campus. Survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence are focused on their recovery and having a safe, peaceful, stable and comfortable living environment for their families is foundational to their recovery.

Cultivate Ability

Next Steps                    $10,000

Wyoming’s unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is a staggering 52%, and workplaces with strong disability inclusion have unique access to this vast untapped labor market. Nearly 100% of employers surveyed are eager to offer more inclusive workplaces. Next Steps facilitates that shift, demonstrating what is possible when we build a culture of workplace inclusion where everyone feels they belong.

Food Bank of Wyoming

Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope              $10,000

Food Bank of Wyoming provides food and necessities through our signature programs and by teaming up with over 160 Hunger Relief Partners to serve people facing hunger in Wyoming, including Teton County. We believe that for a community to thrive, everyone must have the resources needed. We strive to provide equitable access to proper nourishment for all.

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area

Teton Habitat + CES Bathroom Remodel                       $5,000

Teton Habitat is requesting $10,000 to work with Community Entry Services (CES) and purchase materials (drywall, lumber, paint, flooring, cabinetry, tile, and bathroom wall fixtures) to rebuild one of their group home bathrooms; making it more ADA accessible for those who live there currently as well as future tenants.

Hole Food Rescue

No-Cost Grocery Expansion                 $10,000

Our No-Cost Grocery Programs aim to increase access to food assistance by bringing fresh, nutritious, rescued food directly into neighborhoods with an identified need. To further reduce the stigma around food assistance we convey the message that the food is not a handout, but rather an opportunity for participants to help HFR combat food waste.

Horse Warriors

Support for our 2022 equine facilitated learning programs                      $9,000

Horse Warriors requests $9,000 to support and continue its 23 years of a legacy of success using equine facilitated learning, a proven learning approach promoting the development of life skills: relationship building, social skill development, empowerment, leadership, and kindness for our youth, families, women, equine professionals and cancer warriors to be the best they can be.

Immigrant Hope – Wyoming Idaho

Sustainable Immigration Legal Assistance                        $25,000

Immigrant Hope is requesting funds to hire an immigration attorney who will both cover for the legal director while she takes a leave of absence as well as give hands-on training to the new legal assistant.  This will provide the immigrant community with excellent immigration legal services now and in the future while also helping the sustainability of Immigrant Hope.

Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center

Access to Mental Health Care               $25,000

This proposal is for staffing support that meets the mental wellness needs of the community and continues efforts to prioritize access to care. The stress levels in the community are at a critical level and everyone has struggled on some level this last year. JHCCC is currently experiencing an increased demand for services, both for treatment as well as crisis support for individuals and organizations/workplaces. Providing services that are flexible, affordable, and timely is important for early intervention and the overall health and safety of our community members.

Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding

Protecting Our Most Critical Resource              $9,000

As participation in Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding’s programs has increased, greater resources have become necessary to meet client demand – most notably, horses. With a larger herd, shelter from inclement weather is no longer available for every horse. It is imperative that we purchase five shelters to protect the health, wellbeing, and performance of all JHTR horses.

St. John’s Health Foundation

3D Tomosynthesis Mammography Machine                    $20,000

Identifying breast cancer early reduces risk of death by 25-30%. According to the 2021 Teton County Community Health Needs Assessment, two needs are improved access to healthcare and increased mammogram volume. Because limitations caused by SJH’s single mammography machine, appointment wait times are 4-6 weeks. In response, our Foundation is seeking philanthropic support to acquire a second mammography machine.

Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation

TCSAR New Volunteer Class                $15,000

In April 2021, TCSAR, through the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, brought on 10 community members as provisional volunteers from a pool of almost 150 applicants. This grant request provides funding for training, equipment, uniforms and meals so that these volunteers can be fully operational members in 2022.

Teton Youth & Family Services

Gender Spectrum Training and Support Services                        $35,000

Training will provide staff with the tools they need to stay current with evolving gender understandings and apply a framework for them to their work with all children. Funds will provide support services for families to understand the role of gender in their children’s lives and directly work with gender diverse youth to navigate challenges.

Voices Jackson Hole

Voices JH Office Space              $16,500

Voices JH seeks funding for office space at Silicon Couloir to enable our program to grow and establish a professional presence given the lack of reliable home office work space.


Coombs Outdoors

Coombs Outdoors Afterschool Programs                      $30,000

Affordable afterschool opportunities in Teton County are limited for youth with financial or cultural barriers. Coombs seeks to establish ongoing afterschool programs for elementary and middle school students to better support families during the school year. Programs will include general outdoor activities, climbing, swimming, and Nordic skiing, and will expand Coombs’ existing opportunities to build youth community and confidence year-round.                                                           

Friends of Pathways

E-Bike Education for Tweens                 $10,000

Funds will help support a comprehensive bike safety and pathways etiquette program specifically geared toward 12-15 year-olds, with an emphasis on e-bike education. FOP will work with the Town and County Police, County Pathways Coordinator Brian Schilling, and JH Middle School teachers and administrators to develop and deliver programming which includes both in-class and in-the-field components.

Jackson Giants Baseball – American Legion

Baseball Program Expansion            $9,000

Over the past two seasons we have seen a huge demand increase into our youth in Jackson Hole wanting to play baseball and with all of our fundraisers eliminated because of the COVID impact we are in need of several items that will help with safety and equipment needs within our program.  We have gone from 24 players prior to COVID to 53 players who have already signed up in our program thus far. Due to the increase in players we need to seek financial assistance.  The program needs protective screens and new equipment to accommodate the new players.  We will have 3 teams this year: an 18U, 17U, and 15U program for our players.  This is the first time in program history that we have had 3 teams.                                                           

Teton Valley Ranch Camp Education Foundation

Joint Summer Programing for Jackson Youth                  $12,000

TVRC – EF and Coombs Outdoors are designing an overnight camp experience for Coombs middle-school participants, an opportunity that would otherwise present significant participation barriers for Coombs families. The first-class curriculum and facilities of TVRC-EF combined with Coombs’ commitment to inclusive programming will provide the many benefits of overnight camp to an entirely new group of local youth.