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Competitive Grants Program

Grants to Teton County, Idaho and Alta, Wyoming Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools for a Broad Range of Community Benefit Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Teton Valley

Deadline Date:

02/22/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Teton County, Idaho and Alta, Wyoming nonprofit public charities, government agencies, religious organizations, schools, and school districts for projects that address critical community needs in Teton Valley. Funding will be provided for a wide variety of proposals. Ideas for addressing issues in the arts, environment, social services, education, recreation, animal and civic arenas are all welcome.

The Community Foundation supports the following requests: programs, ongoing events, capital projects, equipment purchases, existing or new projects, pilot projects, professional development, capacity-building initiatives, strategic planning and, on a case-by-case basis, general operating expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173126

Estimated Size of Grant:

The size of grants awarded will 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.

Term of Contract:

Within 12 months after signing the Grant Contract, the organization must demonstrate, with a copy of all receipts and invoices, that it has spent the grant funds in accordance with its original grant application.

Grant Extensions: If grant funds have not been fully spent during the allotted 12 months, or the project is incomplete, organizations must contact the Community Foundation of Teton Valley to request an extension. In general, extensions of up to 6 months from the original due date of the grant report may be considered. If an extension is not granted, any unused funds must be returned promptly to the Community Foundation of Teton Valley.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Foundation offers a Competitive Grants 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.

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. Note that, in general, requests that will have a school-wide or grade-wide impact will receive more favorable consideration than those only benefitting a single classroom. Please note, applications from individual schools or classrooms must include a letter of support from the school principal or headmaster agreeing the school will accept fiscal responsibility for awarded funds.

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.

Ineligibility for Participation:

Organizations demonstrating 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.

Ineligible Funding Requests:

The Community Foundation does not provide support for the following: fundraising events, religious activity, debt retirement, political activity, projects working primarily to influence legislation, telephone solicitations, or projects and programs that will be completed before the grant funding Award Date (Awards Party).

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications will be considered on a biannual basis and funds will be made available in two cycles.

2019 Competitive Grant Schedule:
Application Opens: Monday, February 4th at 9:00 AM
Application Closes: Friday, February 22nd at 5:00 PM
Decision Notification: Wednesday, March 13th
Grant Awards Party: Wednesday, March 13th at 4:00 PM

Applications must be submitted online. To access the online application, please go to the URL for Full Text (RFP) at the link below after the grant cycle opens on February 4th.

Organizations awarded grant funding must send an authorized representative to the Awards Party to execute the Grant Contract, receive the grant check and pose for a photo. The Community Foundation will notify organizations individually of the location of these events.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, contact Carrie Mowrey, Executive Director, by email at: or by phone at: (208) 354-0230.

Community Foundation of Teton Valley
P.O. Box 1523
189 N Main Street, Suite 112
Driggs, ID 83422

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho: Teton County;   Wyoming: Alta