The Community Foundation of Teton Valley offers a Competitive Grant Program to qualifying 501(c)3 Public Charities, government agencies, and school districts in Teton Valley, designed to provide funding for projects addressing critical needs in the community.
- The size of grants awarded range from a few hundred dollars to a maximum of $5,000.
- The Community Foundation may consider grant requests in excess of $5,000 for exceptional projects or those involving collaboration amongst multiple organizations.
- The Community Foundation does not provide support for the following: religious activity, debt retirement, political activity, organizations/projects working primarily to influence legislation, and as of October 1, 2018, scholarships. The Community Foundation does not fund work retroactively.
- Organizations demonstrating a failure to comply with IRS regulations will be deemed ineligible to apply for funding from any Community Foundation program. Furthermore, organizations will not be considered for funding should the Community Foundation Board of Directors find evidence of misconduct deemed serious enough to negate eligibility.
- Organizations that have received a grant from the Community Foundation and have overdue grant reports are not eligible for new grant funding. This includes grants received from the Community Foundation’s Competitive Grants Program, Youth Philanthropy Program, or Tin Cup Challenge Program.
- Organizations must be in good standing with both the IRS and the Community Foundation of Teton Valley in order to participate in the Competitive Grants Program. Any nonprofit, regardless of the location of the nonprofit’s headquarters, may apply for a grant as long as the grant will directly benefit Teton County, Idaho, and/or Alta, Wyoming. Each proposal must be represented by one IRS approved charitable entity that will assume responsibility for the management and reporting of the grant. IRS approved organization types include 501(c)3 public charities, schools, and religious organizations. Verification of IRS tax-exempt, nonprofit status may be requested.
- Schools: Eligible schools include those within Teton School District 401 (Idaho), Alta School of Teton County School District 1 (Wyoming), and local charter or private schools. Individual public, charter, and private schools will be treated as separate organizations and are eligible to receive grant funding concurrently with the school district.
- Government Agencies: Because government agencies have taxing authority, the Community Foundation will look more favorably at grant requests that are especially compelling, will have a significant community-wide impact, and/or help local nonprofits achieve their missions in our community.
- Secular Programs of Faith-Based Organizations: the Community Foundation takes a neutral stance on religion and religious activities. Therefore, churches receiving grant funding from the Community Foundation must agree to adhere to the following: (a). funds must be spent only on secular, community-oriented projects or programs; and (b). projects are to be marketed and communicated as a secular, non-religious program or project of the church.
- Sponsored Programs: Because programs sponsored by a 501(c)3 or government agency can be especially complex, the following special provisions apply for participation: (a) grant applications from sponsored programs must include a letter of support from the sponsoring organization agreeing to accept fiscal responsibility for awarded funds; and (b) both the sponsored program and the sponsoring organization must be in good standing with the IRS and the Community Foundation of Teton Valley.
- Grant Writing Workshop: Tuesday, January 26th from 9-11:30 am;
- Applications Available Online: Monday, February 1st at 9:00 am;
- Applications DUE: Friday, February 19th at 5 pm;
- Decision Notification Date: Thursday, March 11th;
- Awards Party: Thursday, April 8th at 4 pm.
All grant recipients are required to submit a grant report to the Community Foundation of Teton Valley. Grant reports must be received within 60 days post project completion or by January 31st, the following year granted, whichever comes first. Grant report information can also be found on your competitive grant contract.
- Please submit your report via email to Brian Thysell.
- Photographs of your project are encouraged. To include photographs, send them as electronic files attached to your email when you send your report or during your project. Send photographs to Claire Vitucci.
- Grant reports are distributed to their Grants Committee for review. Reports may factor into future grant awards.
- Tin Cup Challenge grants require a specific report format, different than the competitive grant report form.
For more information, visit https://cftetonvalley.org/competitive-grant-program/