Youth Philanthropy Program

In this grants program, local high school students decide how to leverage philanthropy for maximum community impact. They review applications, discuss and analyze them with peers, make award determinations, and present grant checks to nonprofits at an awards party. Applying for a Youth Philanthropy grant is a great way to introduce your organization to local youth and to increase awareness of the nonprofits that serve our community.

Youth Philanthropy 2023 Press Release
$37,000 total awarded to 21 applicants


The Youth Philanthropy application opens in November 2023.

Questions? Email programservices@cfjacksonhole.org

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

The Youth Philanthropy funding pool ranges from $25,000 to $37,500 each year. Applicants may request up to $3,000. Proposals may be partially funded.


Youth Philanthropy supports a range of nonprofit work reflecting the diverse needs and interests of our community. Program/project-based requests from eligible organizations serving Teton County, Wyoming are invited. General operating requests are not considered for this grants program. Also not considered are requests that have been submitted within the past 12-months.

For several years, the central component of the Youth Philanthropy application has been a Video Narrative. Applicants are asked to create a video of 5-minutes or less detailing their proposal. It must include the following:

  • Name of applicant organization
  • Title of proposal
  • Amount requested
  • The community need being addressed – the why of your proposed work
  • Program/project details – the who, what, when, where, and how of implementation
  • Program/project partners
  • The impact of your proposed work on the stakeholders you serve and the broader community
  • Evaluation plans and metrics
  • What will happen if funding isn’t grantedGuidelines

Video Narratives don’t need cinematic bells and whistles to be successful. All types of videos have garnered Youth Philanthropy funding in the past. Judges are directed to focus on content, not aesthetics.

In addition to the Video Narrative, applicants are asked to provide a 60-word written narrative and project budget.

Email programservices@cfjacksonhole.org with any questions about a proposal you are considering submitting.


Application period: November 8, 2022 at 12pm – December 29, 2022 at 5pm
Review period: January 16 – March 20, 2023
Response period: March 21 – 24, 2023
Grant checks distributed at Youth Philanthropy Awards Party in mid-April 2023 (date/time/location TBD)

New application platform!

The Community Foundation is pleased to transition its grants programs to a new online application platform designed to make applicants’ experience user-friendly and streamlined. Please review SurveyMonkey Apply Tech Guide (YP) for instructions on navigating to/through the Youth Philanthropy application. If you applied for a Competitive Grant in October 2022, use the SurveyMonkey Apply account you created for that to access the Youth Philanthropy application.

Questions? Email programservices@cfjacksonhole.org


Grant reports are not required for Youth Philanthropy.


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

Questions? Email programservices@cfjacksonhole.org

Funding Sources

Youth Philanthropy 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.

Questions? Email programservices@cfjacksonhole.org