Grant FAQ’s

FIND ANSWERS TO MANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS REGARDING OUR GRANTMAKING PROCESS HERE.

What is the Wyoming Community Foundation?

The Wyoming Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that connects people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming. WYCF is governed by a statewide board of directors that grants funds to nonprofits across Wyoming that are making an impact in their communities.

Who can apply for a Wyoming Community Foundation grant?

Nonprofit organizations currently recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and in good standing with the IRS are eligible to apply for grants that benefit Wyoming. Additionally, WYCF makes grants to other exempt organizations and public institutions as long as the purpose for which funds have been requested falls under the IRS definition of charitable. Applications from organizations with outstanding final reports from prior grants will not be considered.

When are grant applications due?

In general grant applications are accepted two times each year as follows:

June 15 and December 15 by 11:59 pm. Learn more by reviewing the Available Grants page

Additionally, most applicants are eligible to receive funds only one time within a year after receiving a grant. For example, if an organization received funding in September of 2020, they, generally, should not apply again until June of 2021 (to receive funds in Sept. 2021). 

When are grant decisions made?

Typically a grant cycle takes 12 weeks from submission deadline to notification. Grant decisions should be received by September 15th for the June deadline and March 15th for the December deadline.

Does the Wyoming Community Foundation have funding priorities?

Yes. WYCF is focused on funding programs that meet the needs of Wyoming communities. We accept applications in the areas of Arts and Culture, Health and Human Services, Education, Environment and Conservation, Civic and Community Building. WYCF gives low priority to requests for block grants, capital campaigns, annual campaigns, debt retirement, and governmental programs. Requests for funds to support direct lobbying activities are ineligible for Community Foundation grants.

What makes a compelling grant request?

The most competitive grant requests address important needs in the community and/or increase the capacity of your organization to carry out its mission. Multiple funding partners and collaborations with other key organizations strengthen requests. It also is important to submit a clear, well-written, complete proposal based on a strong idea.

Does the WYCF accept capital and operational grant requests?

Yes, but capital and operational requests must fit within our priorities. To receive funding for general operations, you must present a convincing argument for how your organization’s operational costs will be covered in the future.

What are the reporting requirements?

All grantees are required to submit a final report at the end of the 12-month grant period. Although WYCF has a final report form, we will accept final reports prepared for other funders as long as the financial information in the report includes WYCF grant funding. 

WYCF also asks that grantees share the news of their award on social media and with a press release. You can access templates, logos, and other information here.

How can I access the online grant application?

Your organization’s first step in the grant application process is to review the Online Application Instructions. If you have determined that submitting for grant funding to WYCF is a good idea, you can then visit our Available Grants page. If you have questions, feel free to speak with a member of the WYCF program team by contacting us at 307-721-8300. Please make certain you have reviewed the information available on the website prior to contacting program staff.

May I submit more than one application at a time?

In most cases, nonprofit organizations that have been granted funds from WYCF may not submit additional applications until the previous grant has been closed out. This may be done through submission of a final report. 

However, there are some special exceptions for statewide organizations serving multiple communities.

WYCF determines your eligibility to submit multiple applications on a case-by-case basis. Please contact kevin@wycf.org to discuss the best way to submit applications that meet the needs of your program.

Will WYCF allow for extra time to complete a project or file a final report?

An extension on your final report due date is easy to receive. Simply email your request for extension to WYCF program staff. Your request should include a brief and reasonable explanation for the extension and the date by which you can most likely complete the report. Please note that WYCF will not accept new requests for funding from the grantee if past grant reports are overdue, incomplete or have not been submitted.

Check out the Grants page to access further information and to apply for a grant.

How are grant decisions made?

Grant applications are first reviewed by the Wyoming Community Foundation’s program staff to determine eligibility and to make certain that the application is complete. Program staff members are responsible for matching your application with the appropriate affiliate, advisory committees and/or donor advisor. Your application goes through committee review and a funding recommendation is presented to the WYCF board. Final approval is given by the WYCF Board of Directors. An organization may receive full funding, partial funding, or be denied funding. In some cases, additional conditions may be attached to funding approval.

An organization may receive full funding, partial funding, or be denied funding. In some cases, additional conditions may be attached to funding approval.

Does my organization need to apply for a grant from a specific fund?

In general, there is no need to apply specifically to a fund. Submit your application and the WYCF program staff will direct your application to the appropriate source(s). This may mean that your application will be reviewed by more than one committee and/or donor which, in turn, offers your request a better chance of receiving funding.

Can I submit an application in hard copy instead of electronically?

It is our goal to have all applications submitted electronically. It is not our intent to cause additional hardship for any organization that does not have adequate online service. If you have a special situation that prevents you from submitting your application electronically, please contact a member of the WYCF program team.

How much can I request?

An organization may receive full funding, partial funding, or be denied funding. In some cases, additional conditions may be attached to funding approval. 

Need more support?

Contact Micah Richardson (micah@wycf.org) for general grants questions.

Contact Kevin Rossi (kevin@wycf.org or 307.721.8300) for help with the grants portal.

Mission: Connecting people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming.

WYCF Headquarters

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00-5:00
Address: 1472 N. 5th Street, Suite 201
                 Laramie, WY 82072
Email: wcf@wycf.org
Phone: 307-721-8300

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