PINEDALE – The Sublette Community Foundation awarded six grants totaling more than $45,000 to six nonprofit organizations at a community event at Rocky Mountain Bank last Thursday.
The ceremony not only served to give out funds to worthwhile local organizations but also marked the partnership between the local foundation and the Wyoming Community Foundation, as well as “broadening the awareness” amongst members of the community as to what the foundation does, Rocky Mountain Bank Pinedale region President Bill Kleven said.
The Sublette County Sexual Assault Family Violence (SAFV) task force was awarded $1,750, which went toward opening and running the Big Piney branch.
The Sublette County Sporting Association received $2,500 to help with “operational expenses.”
The Museum of the Mountain Man and the Boy Scouts of America each got $7,500. The museum’s funds will go towards hosting the National Fur Trade Conference this year, and the boy scouts will be installing a new water system at the New Fork campsite.
The second largest gift went to MESA, or Mind, Energy, Spirt, Attitude, a therapeutic riding program. The $10,000 will go toward getting the Sublette County-based program off the ground.
The Discovery Center received $16,000. The substantial money will contribute to a complete kitchen overhaul to serve the center.
“My goal is really to make giving local,” Wyoming Community Foundation President Craig Showalter said. “Those dollars need to go back into the local community, and what can we do to be sure that we’re supporting the local nonprofits because, as you’ll see in the annual report message that comes out, that’s where I believe the boots on the ground work gets done.”
The foundation, whether at the local or state level, offers resources of all types to nonprofits.
“We’re here to support you financially,” Showalter said, adding resources like board training are always available. “It’s a wonderful opportunity.”
And other local nonprofits are encouraged to get involved, as well. The board meets periodically, and forms for funding requests are available.
“We want all of you other nonprofits to make sure you pick up some literature on the way out the door so at the next meeting you can be receiving your check,” Carolyn Bing, of the Cowboy Shop and Sublette County and Wyoming Community Foundation board member, said. “We like to give the money away; it doesn’t do us any good if we keep it, that’s not what it’s all about.”
The next two deadlines are July 1 and Nov. 1. The foundation board reviews all applicants and makes recommendations for funding.
Any Sublette County nonprofits are welcome to apply. For more information or to pick up forms, interested businesses can call board members Mary Jane Kleven at (307) 367-4515, Debi Morley at (307) 276-3515 or Bing at (307) 367-4300.For the complete article see the 04-27-2012 issue.
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