LCF announces 2021 Competitive Grant Program recipients

(Lander, WY) — The Lander Community Foundation (LCF) announced Monday the 3 recipients of their 2021 Competitive Grant Program.

This grant helps support local nonprofits and fiscally sponsored entities that demonstrate a compelling need and capacity to achieve their stated project, according to the program overview.

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Award recipients for 2021 are as follows:

CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (CDS) – For Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF) kits. These are language screening kits for preschool-aged children (1-6). CELF assesses aspects of language necessary for preschool children to meet the language demands that they come across in a classroom setting and daily life. These kits are a one-time purchase that can be used for the foreseeable future. CDS is open and available to all of Fremont County and is often a free service for those who qualify.

LANDER CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK (LCAN) – LCAN will use their grant to take a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory which will help develop a Climate Action Plan for the City of Lander. One step in these efforts is membership in Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). LCAN has been and will continue to work alongside the Lander City Council and planning committee to include this climate Action Plan in the city’s strategic plan.

SINKS CANYON VIA FERRATA (SCFV) – This group of citizens (which is an FSE) are raising funds to purchase the equipment used in the building of the Via Ferrata in Sinks Canyon State Park. The State Park is coordinating efforts with this group and other entities to see this project is completed. This additional recreation option in Sinks Canyon will promote local activity as well as visitors to our town, which is adding to building a stronger, more vibrant community (and economic growth for Lander).

The Lander Community Foundation said they are thrilled to support these three organizations for their unique, innovative, and impactful projects.

“We hope to be able to build on the Competitive Grant Program in future years to help our local organizations think and act creatively within their missions. We want to see well-thought-out proposals that will have a greater impact which benefits the Lander-area and community,” said LCF Executive Director Mary Greene.

Since the inception of the Open Grants Program (now Competitive Grant) in 2012, they have been able to issue 128 grants totaling over $126,864.

In 2021, LCF had 16 applicants, two more than in 2020. The Competitive Grant Program is funded from five percent (5%) from the Challenge for Charities campaign, a portion of the race proceeds, and other unrestricted revenue from LCF.

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