The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole activated the Community Emergency Response Fund to support local nonprofits helping those directly impacted by COVID-19 in addressing their ongoing needs. 100% of the donations to this fund will benefit Jackson’s nonprofit community.
As a preparedness measure on March 13th, we committed an initial $150,000 to this Fund, which was matched by generous donors, bringing the total to more than $300,000. Hansjörg Wyss, 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. Today, the Fund has reached a landmark $1.4 million. We anticipate the community need may ultimately be significantly greater. We will rapidly deploy grants as needed to nonprofits providing vital, front line services associated with preparing for and addressing the coronavirus in Teton County.
“The steps that are being taken ahead of the onset of COVID-19 in Teton County demonstrate our community’s generous spirit and strong partnerships,” stated Laurie Andrews, President of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. “Jackson is a resilient community, and we will withstand this situation together.”
In addition to nonprofit grant funding, we allocated a portion of the first phase of relief funds to local individuals and families seeking financial assistance through One22’s COVID-19 Financial Relief Awards, which provide funds to local residents dealing with unforeseen hardship and loss of income such as those incurred with the precautionary cancellation of events or voluntary self-isolation.
To apply for One22’s COVID-19 Financial Relief Awards, visit one22jh.org or call 307-739-4500.
With our community increasingly affected by COVID-19, the Foundation is taking a number of initial steps to proactively mitigate its impact:
- Supporting local nonprofits providing essential front line services and protecting at-risk populations. Organizations seeking funding can submit their requests here.
- Providing grant support to local nonprofits whose fundamental ability to operate is critically impaired by issues related to COVID-19. Affected organizations should complete this form to request funding.
- Additionally, deadlines for Community Foundation outstanding grant reports have been extended by 6 months.
- Teton County Health Department’s COVID-19 Community Update
- St. John’s Health – COVID-19 Update
- Steps to prevent illness from CDC
- Travel recommendations from CDC
- Teton County Health Department Hotline: 307-732-8628
- St. John’s Health Hotline: individuals with fever, cough, or influenza-like illness, regardless of travel history, call 307-739-4898, option 3, for a phone evaluation.
For Individuals / Loss of Wages
- Becoming Jackson Whole
- SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Disaster Distress Helpline – 1.800.985.5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1.800.273.TALK
- RESOURCE: National Council of Nonprofits’ Initial Analysis of the CARES Act
- ARTICLE: Wyoming Nonprofit Network: Action Alert – Coronavirus (COVID-19) What actions should nonprofits take?
- ARTICLE: CDC preparedness resources for Community organizations and Faith-based leaders
- RESOURCE: Working Remotely
- ARTICLE: Philanthropy.com -Responding to the Coronavirus outbreak – Resources to help nonprofits
- RESOURCE: COVID-19 Nonprofit & Philanthropy Resources
Resources for Volunteers
Resources for Businesses
Frequently Asked Questions
General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For interested donors, please contact Laurie Andrews, President email@example.com.
To make a donation by check or other assets, contact Amy Wheeler, Vice President of Philanthropic Services firstname.lastname@example.org
For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Anne Bradley, Director of Marketing & Communications email@example.com
I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.
While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. As we begin to award grants, we will post them on this page. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you. If you are looking for resources now, please consider contacting One22.
The Town of Jackson has also compiled a list of resources with information and links for programs and services that may be helpful – jhcovid.com.
My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?
Nonprofits and governmental entities in one of the following categories are eligible for Community Emergency Response Fund funding to support work in one or more of the listed priority areas.
Front-line health care organizations responding to COVID-19
- Priorities: staff support, medical supplies, and community outreach efforts
Nonprofits serving those most severely impacted by the crisis (under/unemployed and/or undocumented workers) and vulnerable populations (seniors, marginalized communities, and individuals with underlying health conditions)
- Priorities: food security, shelter, child care, health care, and mental & behavioral health
Other nonprofits whose fundamental ability to operate is critically impaired by the crisis
- Priority: assisting nonprofits at risk of imminent closure
Through April, the first phase of grants will focus on urgent health, basic human services, and economic needs of those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Support for front-line health care providers and bi-lingual community-wide outreach will also be prioritized.
Support to other nonprofits will initially focus on providing technical resources and guidance. Due to limited resources and significant anticipated community need, these grants should be considered a last resort to avoid closure.
What is the process to apply for funding from the Emergency Response Fund?
Grant requests will be accepted on a rolling basis using the streamlined Response Fund Request Form. After initial review, the Foundation may request additional information or documentation.
The Foundation’s goal is to deploy multiple rounds of support as we gain greater clarity about the course of this crisis, in the near-term and through the recovery phases.
Primary Funding Criteria
In evaluating community need and impact relative to Response Fund grant requests, the Foundation will consider and prioritize the following key funding criteria.
- Use of Funds: Urgent health, basic human services, and immediate economic needs
- Target Population: Communities and individuals that are disproportionately impacted by the crisis, especially those already facing health and economic disparities
- Scope of Service: Number of clients served and/or program participants
- Community Trust: Deep relationships and experience in serving our community
- Capacity: Ability to quickly and effectively deploy resources to meet community need
Nonprofits requesting support to avoid imminent closure will also need to document the following:
- Budget Changes: Steps taken to reduce operating expenses
- Access to Other Funding: Steps taken to utilize other funding sources including, but not limited to, operating reserves, unrestricted quasi-endowments, lines of credits, and loans
I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The Community Emergency Response Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.
Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?
The Community Emergency Response Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak. Rather it is working to facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community where it’s needed most. If the Fund’s priorities align with your values, please consider making a donation.
However, this is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community as we gain greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long-term ramifications of the outbreak.
Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
The Community Emergency Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving the greater Jackson region. We understand that many Teton County nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties. Alta, WY organizations and donors should contact the Community Foundation of Teton Valley regarding their own Emergency Response Fund.