CFJH: Community Emergency Response Fund

The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Refugee Services Basic Human Needs Poverty Alleviation & Services Economic Services & Development Senior Services Chronic Illnesses Health Care Access & Delivery Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Child Care Services Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Teton County, Wyoming

Location of residency: Teton County, Wyoming

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Community Emergency Response Fund

The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole activated the Community Emergency Response Fund providing immediate support to our community’s most vulnerable populations through grants to local nonprofits. 100% of the donations to this fund will benefit Jackson’s nonprofit community.

Purpose of The Fund

As a preparedness measure on March 13th, we committed an initial $150,000 to this Fund, which was matched by generous donors, bringing the total to more than $300,000. Hansjörg Wyss, a philanthropist, and Teton County resident, committed a lead gift of $750,000 to the Response Fund, helping to seed the efforts put forward by the Community Foundation.

As of April 20, the Fund has reached a landmark $2.5 million. We anticipate the community need will ultimately be significantly greater. We are rapidly deploying grants to nonprofits providing vital, front line services associated with preparing for and addressing the coronavirus in Teton County.

Mitigation Steps

With our community increasingly affected by COVID-19, the Foundation is taking a number of initial steps to proactively mitigate its impact:

  • Supporting local nonprofits providing essential front line services and protecting at-risk populations. Organizations seeking funding can submit their requests here.
  • Providing grant support to local nonprofits whose fundamental ability to operate is critically impaired by issues related to COVID-19. Affected organizations should complete this form to request funding.
  • Deadlines for Community Foundation outstanding grant reports have been extended by 6 months.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Nonprofits and governmental entities in one of the following categories are eligible for Community Emergency Response Fund funding to support work in one or more of the listed priority areas.
    • Front-line health care organizations responding to COVID-19.
      • Priorities: staff support, medical supplies, and community outreach efforts.
    • Nonprofits serving those most severely impacted by the crisis (under/unemployed and/or undocumented workers) and vulnerable populations (seniors, marginalized communities, and individuals with underlying health conditions).
      • Priorities: food security, shelter, child care, health care, and mental & behavioral health.
    • Other nonprofits whose fundamental ability to operate is critically impaired by the crisis.
      • Priority: assisting nonprofits at risk of imminent closure.
  • Through April, the first phase of grants will focus on urgent health, basic human services, and economic needs of those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Support for front-line health care providers and bi-lingual community-wide outreach will also be prioritized.
  • Support to other nonprofits will initially focus on providing technical resources and guidance. Due to limited resources and significant anticipated community need, these grants should be considered a last resort to avoid closure.

This page was last reviewed August 01, 2020 and last updated July 30, 2020