Wyoming Community Foundation

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Purpose

The Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF) provides individuals and organizations a vehicle to establish charitable funds that meet their diverse philanthropic interests and serves as a catalyst for collaboration among various organizations to enhance and strengthen communities in Wyoming.

Funding Interests

The Wyoming Community Foundation focuses its grantmaking around the theme of community building, in the broad charitable fields of arts and culture, civic projects, conservation of natural resources, education and health and human services. The foundation strives to promote community building by supporting organizations, programs and initiatives that strengthen communities by networking, bridging social capital, addressing local issues and sustaining Wyoming values. Grants are often focused on youth and education.

Geographic Focus

Wyoming

Types of Support

Conferences/seminars; continuing support/ general/operating support; management development/capacity building; matching/challenge support; program development; program evaluation; scholarships to individuals; seed money; technical assistance.

Grant Size

$500 to $5000

Requirements & Limitations

Applications submitted for any of the three grant cycles may cover a variety of topics but should still address community building. The foundation welcomes requests from charitable organizations in Wyoming recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and on occasion, from public/governmental agencies. Grants are not made to individuals or for lobbying purposes, but are awarded for scholarships.
WYCF grantmaking is guided by the following criteria:


  • Strengthening the capacity of nonprofit organizations to do their work;
  • Leveraging dollars received from the WYCF to obtain additional or future funding;
  • Collaboration with other nonprofits or programs to enhance services without duplication;
  • Raise the effectiveness of an organization or particular service to a higher level; and
  • Focus on addressing a community issue or providing a community need.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted with the original and ten complete copies, including all attachments. Faxed or emailed proposals will not be considered. Applicants must include a cover sheet with authorized signatures, a proposal narrative, financial information, a list of board members and their professional affiliations, letters of support from cooperating organizations, copy of 501 (c)(3) determination letter from the IRS and final report for previously funded projects, if applicable. Additional guidelines and an application form are available on the website.

Deadlines

The WYCF reviews competitive grant applications three times a year. All applications must be received in the statewide office in Laramie by 5:00 p.m. on the following dates: March 1, July 1 and November 1.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming, Cheyenne, WY
Amount: $180326
Purpose:

Grant 2

Grantee: Audobon Society of Wyoming
Amount: $18500
Purpose:
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