Press Release – Many Gillette nonprofits are feeling the pinch of a tough economy. The Wyoming Community Foundation, based in Laramie, is helping to alleviate some of the strain on those nonprofits.
The Wyoming Community Foundation recently completed its first round of 2017 general grantmaking. Five area organizations benefitted from grants including:
- CLIMB WY Gillette – $15,000
- Second Chance Ministries – $15,000
- Council of Community Services – $15,000
- Invent Now (Gillette and Wheatland) – $10,000
- Food Bank of the Rockies – A statewide grant of $20,000. The organization serves Gillette and provided over 700,000 pounds of food in Campbell County last year.
The Wyoming Community Foundation, a nonprofit itself, distributed another $513,000 across the state in this most recent grant cycle. Another $1.8 million in additional grants have been made since December.
The Foundation manages permanent funds that provide significant community support, even in tough times. Innovative in their approach, the Foundation staff not only research and review grant applications, but also assist and educate local nonprofits to maximize community impacts.
“We are thrilled to be able to give back to nonprofits who are working so hard for our community,” says Alison Ochs Gee, Board Chair of the Wyoming Community Foundation. “Individuals, nonprofits and a whole host of others who love Wyoming make these grants possible.”
The Wyoming Community Foundation distributed over $8 million in 2016 and makes grants throughout the year. Their next application deadline is June 15th and all nonprofits working to build a better community are encouraged to apply.