The focus of the CFJH's awards this year was placed on fundamental health and human services, but many other fields of interest from arts to education were emphasized as well. Photo: Teton Literacy Center // Jay Nel-McIntosh

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole‘s Competitive Grants program supported 43 nonprofit organizations with a total of $563,800 during its 2021 granting cycle.

The Community Foundation awards grants annually across six fields of interest including Animals, Arts & Culture, Civic, Conservation & Environment, Education, Recreation and Health & Human Services.

Given the challenges facing so many this year, a focus was placed on addressing fundamental health and human service needs while still supporting the vibrancy of the Jackson Hole community with funding for varied programs in other areas.

“This has been a tough year for our nonprofits – as it has been for so many impacted by COVID-19,” said Marcia Kunstel, Chair of the Foundation’s Competitive Grants Committee. “They have pivoted to find new funding sources and to safely provide programs from school lunches to virtual theatre and music. Our Grants Committee was impressed! We thank the donors who made it possible for us to lend a hand to these organizations.”

The grant requests were reviewed by a volunteer committee comprised of 36 community members, high school students and Community Foundation board and staff. Awards are based upon community need, expected impact and organizational capacity.

Funding for the Community Foundation’s Competitive Grants Program is provided by Old Bill’s Fun Run Co-Challengers, individual donors and endowed funds held at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.