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.
Spring/Summer 2019 Competitive Grant Statistics:
- Amount Funded: $295,800
- Applications Funded: 29
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 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.
SPRING / SUMMER | 2019
Arts and Culture
Art Association of Jackson Hole
Visiting Artist Teaching Residencies
The Art Association will bring six acclaimed artists to the valley to enhance its art education programs for children and adults in 2019 through multi-day teaching residencies.
Center for the Arts
Refillable Water Stations
The Center will install two new stations for refilling water bottles in areas of the building without easy access to fountains, ensuring the many constituents who use the building can stay hydrated in an efficient, eco-friendly manner.
The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe
Dancers’ Workshop will produce The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe as interpreted by Artistic Director, Babs Case. This whimsical take on the classic tale will feature DW students, community residents, and guest artists from Contemporary Dance Wyoming.
Grand Teton Music Festival
Adult Outreach & Education
Grand Teton Music Festival will expand its adult outreach beyond its monthly Community Concert Series by
increasing the time that guest artists stay while in town for community concerts, GTMF will facilitate outreach
concerts and lectures at partner organizations in Teton County.
Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum
Safeguarding & Moving the Collection
The Jackson Hole Historical Society is losing its storage space and must move its collection of over 8,000
historical objects to a secure, new facility. This support will help the Museum pack and organize museum
objects and physically move the collection, ensuring the long-term care and protection of Jackson Hole’s history.
Jackson Hole Public Art
GLOW Nights Community Engagement Activities
GLOW Nights will be a four-month exhibit of original artworks that use light as a medium to celebrate unique phenomena found in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Art installations will be located in accessible places in Town and Teton Village along with related activities created with other nonprofits and students.
Jackson Hole United
Sister Cities Docuseries
Sister Cities will teach documentary filmmaking skills to the Latinx community in Teton County with connections to Tlaxcala, Mexico, capturing and sharing unique stories of local community members who have migrated here from Mexico. Participants will learn how to direct their own documentaries, resulting in a canon of short films to understand immigration from different perspectives.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Technology for the Hearing Impaired
This support will help the National Museum of Wildlife Art purchase a more advanced assistive listening
system for its 220-seat auditorium system to better meet the needs of hearing impaired community members.
Off Square Theatre Company
Off Square Theatre will produce a professional production of the award-winning musical A Chorus Line. The theater’s staff will work with a blend of local and guest artists to produce this popular show that will entertain audiences and allow singers, dancers, and actors to share their talents with the community.
Teton Photography Group
Shoot Like a girl: Women in Wildlife Photography
Shoot Like A Girl will be a full-day educational symposium to celebrate the work and vision of female
wildlife photographers. Speakers will include female photographers who draw inspiration from the wilds
and wildlife of Wyoming and the West, and attendees will learn how to stretch creative vision and
follow ethical photography practices.
Old Wilson Schoolhouse
Down in the Cellar Blues
The Old Wilson Schoolhouse will replace its cellar door, which originates from the 1930s and no longer
functions properly. The door provides access to plumbing, the well pump, water storage tank, hot water
heater, lawn irrigation system, electrical, and storage.
CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENT
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
Nature Mapping Jackson Hole Decade II
Nature Mapping Jackson Hole is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a valuable citizen science program in 2019. To celebrate, the Wildlife Foundation will upgrade the program’s technology while enhancing outreach and engagement strategies to continue strengthening the program.
Trout Unlimited – Jackson Hole Chapter
S. Flat Creek Fish Passage & Stream Restoration
Trout Unlimited will work with Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Lockhart Cattle Company
to restore 1.4 miles of Flat Creek that has been degraded by straightening, willow removal, and sediment from storm water runoff. Restoration will benefit native trout, water quality, and downstream users of Flat Creek.
C-V Region V BOCES
An Inspiring Toolset for Growth
This innovative, community-oriented arts program presents C-V Ranch youth with artistic learning and cultural opportunities designed to inspire, uplift, and broaden horizons. Weekly art classes, workshops led by local artists, and involvement in community arts programs and cultural experiences engage these youth and promote positive growth.
Central Wyoming College
CWC will hold a Teton PowWow on September 21st. This traditional American Indian social gathering will feature dance competitions, music, and regalia to encourage and promote understanding of our American Indian neighbors.
Children’s Learning Center
Safety First in the Children’s Playground
Various elements on the Mercill School’s playground need to be reconfigured to improve interactivity and safety for 3-5 year-old students.
“The World above the Tetons” Science Speakers Series
Inaugurated in 2018, “The World Above the Tetons” science speaker series exposes attendees to experts in the fields of astronomy, space travel, and aerospace research. Attracting more than 400 participants in its first year, these presentations are free of charge and led by experts in their respective fields.
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Community Safety Network
Transporting Clients & Families Safely
Community Safety Network’s transportation demands have recently increased as the organization serves more clients children than in previous years. This support will be utilized to purchase a used vehicle that can safely and reliably transport clients, their families, and staff.
Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust
The Housing Trust will invest in a GAP housing program for homeowners in the affordable housing system to make incremental steps toward attaining market-rate homes. An essential missing piece of the housing mix puzzle, creating additional GAP housing is expected to move the needle on this critical issue.
Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association
Increased Independence through Improved Accessibility
This project will help complete the funding necessary to resurface Therapeutic Riding’s parking area and entryway, providing greater accessibility and reduced risk for participants to pursue activities that build confidence, strength, and independence.
One22 will utilize this support to grow and enhance its programs by augmenting professional development opportunities for staff to increase their training levels and help them earn credentials to continue to respond to dynamic client needs.
Teton County Unified Summer Scholarships
One22 houses and administers Teton County Summer Scholarships in cooperation with Systems of Education. Through One22, families can enroll their children at a significantly reduced cost at in participating camps, including at the Art Association, Dancers’ Workshop, Presbyterian Church’s Camp JOY, Parks and Rec’s Camp Jackson, Teton Science Schools, and Wilderness Adventures Base Camp.
Search & Rescue Foundation
Backcountry Zero Summer Intern Program
The summer interns project will build on Search & Rescue’s popular winter program to provide face-to-face contact and survey user groups that are recreating in and around Jackson Hole. Interns will spend time at popular trailheads, boat ramps, and events talking with people about the Backcountry Zero program and gaining valuable knowledge about their skill-levels and experience.
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. 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. Support will help prevent negative health outcomes for pregnant women and newborns and ideally encourage women to access other resources, including parenting education.
Teton Adaptive Sports
Summer Bike Program Expansion
Teton Adaptive Sports will meet the evolving needs of the community by increasing mountain biking options for differently-abled individuals. Support will help add another “Nuke” hand-cycle bike and a cargo trailer to its current quiver of equipment.
Teton County Pet Partners
Teton County Pet Partners, a local chapter of the national organization, matches animal therapy teams to individual and community needs. This investment will provide funds to effectively administer and grow programs that help seniors smile, hospital patients heal, and kids learn to read.
Teton Youth & Family Services
Forensic Interview Equipment
The Hirschfield Center for Children will replace its outdated and unreliable functional forensic recording system to help provide support, care, and necessary documentation for children who have made serious allegations of abuse and/or neglect.
Skating Club of Jackson Hole
Learn to Skate
The Skating Club of Jackson Hole’s after-school Learn to Skate program provides opportunities for children ages 3-8 to promote the enjoyment of ice skating and athletic achievement. Support will help the club offer affordable programs such as Snowplow Sam and free skating while further developing coaching expertise and managing equipment usage.
Snake River Fund
Saving Lives on the River – PFD Loaner Stations
The Snake River Fund and its partners are distributing complimentary loaner PFDs (lifejackets) at three river access sites. The PFDs have been donated and support will help build informative kiosks/ distribution sites near three boat ramps on the Snake River.