Community Emergency Response Fund

Help­ing the Hole Community

As a com­mu­ni­ty foun­da­tion, we are unique­ly posi­tioned to sup­port the ongo­ing needs of our com­mu­ni­ty and take on unex­pect­ed chal­lenges, from the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic to local dis­as­ters, through grants to our non­prof­it partners.

Sup­port­ing Local Organizations

The Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion is tak­ing steps to proac­tive­ly mit­i­gate neg­a­tive impacts of the June 2024 land­slide on Teton Pass:

  • We hope to con­nect avail­able hous­ing options with our neigh­bors affect­ed by the pass clo­sure who need tem­po­rary hous­ing solutions.
    • For our com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers with access to hous­ing, please let us know by fill­ing out this form (Span­ish-lan­guage form here).
    • For our Ida­ho com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers search­ing for a tem­po­rary liv­ing space clos­er to your work, please reach out to us with this form (Span­ish-lan­guage form here). We will con­nect you to oppor­tu­ni­ties as they become available.
  • The Foun­da­tion has acti­vat­ed its Com­mu­ni­ty Emer­gency Response Fund to offer grants for orga­ni­za­tions whose oper­a­tions or ser­vices have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly dis­rupt­ed by the Teton Pass clo­sure. Grant­i­ng pri­or­i­ty is giv­en to orga­ni­za­tions pro­vid­ing the fol­low­ing services: 
    • Hous­ing
    • Trans­porta­tion
    • Food pro­duc­tion, sup­ply, deliv­ery, access
    • Edu­ca­tion or childcare
    • Health­care (includ­ing men­tal healthcare)
    • Care of seniors or peo­ple with disabilities
    • Care of animals

Appli­cant orga­ni­za­tions must serve those who live or work in Teton Coun­ty, Wyoming and be acute­ly affect­ed by the Teton Pass closure. 

Please vis­it our grants appli­ca­tion plat­form to access the appli­ca­tion, which is open through July 15. Requests will be reviewed week­ly. (If you rep­re­sent a Teton Coun­ty, Ida­ho orga­ni­za­tion, please send a grant inquiry to the Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion of Teton Val­ley.)

As the Foun­da­tion gains more infor­ma­tion on the antic­i­pat­ed impacts of this emer­gency, we will reeval­u­ate the length of this grant pro­gram. Orga­ni­za­tions with ongo­ing needs will be con­sid­ered for future funding. 

Through the Com­mu­ni­ty Emer­gency Response Fund, the Foun­da­tion has pro­vid­ed major fund­ing for One22 Resource Cen­ter’s Tem­po­rary Emer­gency Relief for Com­muters pro­gram. Teton Pass com­muters are encour­aged to go through this chan­nel for finan­cial support.


Response Fund was estab­lished in 2020

As a pre­pared­ness mea­sure on March 13, 2020, the Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion com­mit­ted an ini­tial $150,000 to this Fund, which was matched by gen­er­ous donors, bring­ing the total to more than $300,000. Han­sjörg Wyss, a phil­an­thropist and Teton Coun­ty res­i­dent, com­mit­ted a lead gift of $750,000 to the Response Fund, help­ing to seed the efforts put for­ward by the Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation.

By Jan­u­ary 2021, the Response Fund reached a land­mark $5 mil­lion dol­lars thanks to the phil­an­thropic gen­eros­i­ty of our com­mu­ni­ty. More than $3 mil­lion dol­lars was deployed as grants to more than 50 non­prof­its pro­vid­ing vital, front line ser­vices in response to the pan­dem­ic in Teton County.