About the Community
Emergency Response Fund
Take a moment to learn more about the Community Emergency Response Fund below and what we are doing to help those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
A Message from Our President Laurie Andrews
“The steps that are being taken due to the onset of COVID-19 in Teton County demonstrate our community’s generous spirit and strong partnerships. Jackson is a resilient community, and we will withstand this situation together.”
Purpose of the Fund
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, 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.
As of April 20, the Fund has reached a landmark $2.5 million. We anticipate the community need will ultimately be significantly greater. We are rapidly deploying grants to nonprofits providing vital, front line services associated with preparing for and addressing the coronavirus in Teton County.
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.
- Deadlines for Community Foundation outstanding grant reports have been extended by 6 months.
Helping the Hole Community
The Community Emergency Response Fund is addressing community needs in coordination with local front line agencies. Since launching in mid-March, the Emergency Response Fund has granted a total of more than $2 million dollars to more than 20 local organizations. Relief funds are being disbursed daily to nonprofits, as the Community Foundation receives requests for assistance.
“In the Emergency Management profession, there is this concept known as ‘whole community.’ It means that government alone cannot solve problems brought about by disasters. This couldn’t be more true for the current COVID crisis. Whether it is funding contact tracers for the Health Department, buying protective equipment for front line workers, or being the organization entrusted to the generous monetary donations made towards defeating COVID, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has been a stalwart partner in disaster response and recovery, and will continue to be into the foreseeable future as the need is not going away.”
-Rich Ochs, Coordinator, Teton County Emergency