Consider supporting the Community Foundation of Teton Valley with a designated gift during the 13th Annual Tin Cup Challenge:
Competitive Grants & Youth Philanthropy
Local nonprofits rely on the Community Foundation of Teton Valley’s cyclical Competitive Grant programs to address current issues in real-time. In addition to funding necessary projects, our Youth Philanthropy program adds layers of philanthropic insight into nonprofits and the granting process for graduating high school seniors. Together these granting programs allow nonprofits to tackle problems in our rural community as they arise.
During our Competitive Grants program this Spring, the Community Foundation awarded 20 grants with a total of $54,525 in funding. These grants covered all of the nonprofit sectors, addressed strategic, practical, and programming needs, and were timely in a number of ways. For example, the Teton Valley Food Pantry was addressing internal strategies when they applied in February. We have no doubt that their requested reporting and client management software has helped immensely during their incredible pandemic response. We were also honored to fund the Community Resource Center as they tackled how services were offered and planned to remove the language barrier by providing translation services. In an awesome turn of events, they accomplished their goal as soon as April – taking it even further and hiring a Spanish speaker to help with programming and services.
Youth Philanthropy provides the second cycle of funding for nonprofits in the Fall. During this program, high school seniors from the Dual Government class at Teton High School immerse themselves in philanthropy over three class periods. In the first class, they learn what philanthropy is and how it has affected them personally through the programs and services offered by local nonprofits. Students spend the second class working through grant applications and acting as a true grant committee.
Last year they deliberated 13 grant applications. In their third and final class, students have the opportunity to bring in up to five nonprofit leaders to question directly about their proposals. Students then commit to final discussions and parse out funding based on class consensus. During our 2019 Youth Philanthropy program, students awarded $5,000 to 7 organizations. Their support funded across the nonprofit sectors and instilled a sense of philanthropy into these young community leaders.
Whether these grants funded education, accessibility, participation, or strategic planning, all of these grant dollars were put to immediate use to allow our community to flourish. Keep the Community Foundation thriving with a designated gift through the Tin Cup Challenge today.