Nonprofits meet critical needs and add vibrancy to Wyoming’s communities. They also depend on donations and grants to fulfill their missions. The Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF) is one organization working to support Wyoming nonprofits through grantmaking.
In Lincoln county, the Kemmerer Foundation Fund at WYCF is supporting nonprofit work in the areas of arts and culture, civic projects, education, recreation, and health and human services. Distributions from this fund have exceeded $2.8 million since inception, and 120 projects have been funded since the Kemmerer Foundation transitioned to the Wyoming Community Foundation in 1999.
The Kemmerer Foundation was established in 1981, following the sale of the Kemmerer Coal Company. John L. Kemmerer set up a $1,000,000 endowment to benefit Kemmerer, Diamondville and the area known as Frontier. This was his way of giving back to the area that had done so much for his family.
In 2019 WYCF granted over $11 million to nonprofits and at its most recent meeting, the Wyoming Community Foundation distributed over $750,000 to various organizations across the state - $118,160 in the Kemmerer area.
The Kemmerer Foundation Fund granted to the following organizations in March:
• City of Kemmerer
• Kemmerer Elementary PTO
• Kemmerer Little League
• South Lincoln Hospital District
• The Kemmerer Senior Center
• Town of Diamondville
The Kemmerer Foundation Fund Committee reached out to these grant recipients with an opportunity to have their photo taken to be included with this article. In light of the recent events around the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee followed the governor’s recommendations on social distancing.
The next grant application deadline for the Kemmerer Foundation Fund at WYCF is December 15th. Nonprofit organizations working to strengthen the communities of Kemmerer, Diamondville and the Frontier area are encouraged to apply.
Over time, the Kemmerer family has continued to add to this endowment. If you are interested in contributing to the Kemmerer Foundation Fund or for more information about the Wyoming Community Foundation and the organizations it supports, visit www.wycf.org or call (307) 721-8300.