The recipients of this year’s Lander Community Foundation grants gathered for a group photo. Joshua Scheer photo.

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Community Foundation this afternoon awarded $8,000 in grants to nine local nonprofits.

The presentation of the grant awards were made in the Carnegie Room at the Fremont County Library in Lander. Leslie Calkins told the crowd that this is the third year of providing this grants, and this year the foundation is awarding $500 more than the last.

The following information about the recipients and how the grants will be used was provided by the foundation.

Care and Share Food Bank $1,000: Funds will  purchase food.

First Stop Help Center $1,000: Funds will assist clients in paying, on a one-time basis, utilities, rent or other housing costs in order to enable the clients to stay housed and build a financially independent, stable life.

Help for Health Hospice Care $500: Funds will train Hospice and Transition volunteers.

Injury Prevention $1,000: Funds will buy infant and child car seats.

Lander Art Center $1,000: Funds will expand education program.

Lander Children’s Museum $250: Funds will build a bubble exhibition.

Lander Library Friends Association $1,250: Funds will buy equipment for the Carnegie Room.

Lander Pet Connection $1,000: Funds will spay and neuter animals.

PALS (Promoting Arts in Lander Schools) $1,000: Funds will be used in the Visiting Artist Program that brings artists into the classroom K-12 grades.