The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole recently awarded $1,000,000 in funding to local organizations through a pilot granting program guided by two of the Foundation’s Initiatives — Behavioral Health and Housing Solutions — which are addressing cross-cutting community issues.
“Our goal is for Initiatives’ grants to spark change specific to the behavioral health and housing demands facing our community,” Community Foundation President Laurie Andrews reflected.
This initial granting opportunity was opened in the fall to member organizations of the Teton Behavioral Health Alliance (TBHA), cross-sector housing efforts (nonprofits, private-public partnerships), and housing programs addressing the needs of community members who are disproportionately affected by the lack of safe and affordable housing (rental assistance, housing stipends, transitional housing opportunities).
The following organizations were awarded funding through the Foundation’s Initiatives’ Grants pilot program:
Behavioral Health Awards
Community Safety Network
Mental Health and Recovery Services of Jackson Hole
St. John’s Health Foundation
Teton County Health Department
Teton Youth and Family Services
“Whether related to upstream prevention, direct service treatment, or innovative crisis response, each project aligns with the goal of the behavioral health initiative by addressing the gaps and inequities that exist in the behavioral health care system in Teton County. Their combined efforts will undoubtedly move the needle to improve community members’ access to care and resources,” stated Kate Schelbe, Backbone Leader of the Teton Behavioral Health Alliance.
Housing Solutions Awards
The Fund for Public Education
Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust
Jackson /Teton County Affordable Housing
One22 Resource Center
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area
“These awards will support housing projects and programs that advance collaborative housingsolutions through innovative private-public partnerships; diverse housing support services, such as rent assistance and targeted outreach to ensure that traditionally marginalized households are registered for upcoming affordable housing opportunities; and assessments of unmet community housing needs including disability-inclusive and accessible housing,” said Wendy Martinez, Director of Housing Solutions.
To better understand the scope of community needs within the behavioral health and housing sectors, the Foundation conducted a pilot of the future grants program. The Foundation plans to formally introduce funding opportunities in 2024 for projects in alignment with the strategic direction of the Behavioral Health Initiative and Housing Solutions Initiative.