Community Foundation of Teton Valley

OVERVIEW: This community funder supports Teton County, Idaho, and Alta, Wyoming, in a variety of areas. It accepts unsolicited applications for two competitive grant cycles per year.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, environment, social services, education, recreation, animals, civic matters

IP TAKE:  CFTF grants aren’t huge, but there are lots of ways nonprofits can get involved with this funder for networking and resources.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of Teton Valley (CFTV) is based in Driggs, Idaho, and supports the communities in this region. The foundation gets its grantmaking power from interest and investment income from donor advised funds, endowment funds administrative fees, and the Tin Cup Challenge.

A competitive grants program supports charities, school districts, and government agencies in the Teton Valley. There are two cycles, with grants ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $5,000. Requests for more than $50,000 may be considered for collaborative projects. Your organization can be based anywhere to be eligible for a grant, as long as the money will directly benefit Teton County, Idaho, and/or Alta, Wyoming.

Funding interests are the arts, environment, social services, education, recreation, animals, and civic matters. Grants go to everything from equipment purchase to capital projects, programs, ongoing events, pilot projects, capacity building, and even occasional general operating expenses. Support has gone to Mountain Bike the Tetons, Tetonia Elementary PTO, Valley Advocates for Responsible Development, and HAPI Trails Horse Rescue. Learn more about the foundation’s impact here. Grant applications must be submitted online, and there is typically a grant writing workshop for nonprofits before the deadline.

In addition to competitive grants, CFTV has a youth philanthropy program for local high school students and offers nonprofit leadership training. It has hosted workshops on topics such as best board practices, bridges out of poverty, individual leadership development, finance, and conflict management. The Tin Cup Challenge Grant Program provides matching grants for participating nonprofits; the challenge giving period typically occurs in the summer. Agency funds are offered to nonprofits, and the funder has tents, tables, and chairs that it will loan out to nonprofits on a first come, first served basis.

Carrie Mowrey is the executive director. Claire Vitucci is the marketing and operations manager and works closely with local nonprofits. There are usually around four officers on the board of directors and eight members of the board of trustees.

The address is 189 North Main Street, Suite 112, P.O. Box 1523, Driggs, Idaho, 83422. Telephone is 208-354-0230, and email is To keep up with nonprofit news and events in Jackson Hole and the Teton Valley, register for the funder’s list serve distribution. Keep up with news here and with local nonprofit events on the foundation events calendar.


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