Grantmaking

What we fund

  • 501c3 public charities or organizations with a 501c3 public charity as a fiscal agent/sponsor
  • Organizations providing services in and can demonstrate a benefit to Natrona County
  • Organizations with a statement of inclusivity providing access to all programs and services regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other factors that deny the essential humanity of Natrona County residents.

What We Don't Fund

  • Individuals or fraternal organizations
  • Lobbying as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC), section 4945(d)(1)
  • Activities supporting political candidates or voter registration drives, as defined in IRC section 4945(d)(2).
  • Basic biomedical research, drug therapies or devices
  • Single disease, research-oriented organizations
  • Fundraising event sponsorships
  • Endowments
  • Legal expenses including but not limited to legal fees and costs, litigation funding or expenses, or to satisfy any portion of a judgment, settlement, or fine.
  • Public, private, or parochial educational institutions, including their foundations unless it is directly aligned with one of the foundation’s strategic priorities
  • Capital projects: purchase, construction, or renovation of facilities unless directly aligned with one of the foundation’s strategic priorities
  • National organizations without Wyoming-based board, staff, and independent financials
  • Organizations whose purpose is to raise money for another nonprofit
  • Religious institutions without programs and services that serve the community beyond their members
  • Organizations that cannot demonstrate a benefit to the residents of Natrona County
  • Organizations or projects that discriminate with regard to employees, volunteers, delivery of programs or services, or clients served based on race, creed, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or other factors that deny the essential humanity of all Natrona County residents.

Grant Programs

General Operating Grants

Who is eligible?  Qualifying organizations whose work benefits the residents of Natrona County in the focus areas identified below are eligible for general operating grants. Nonprofits currently receiving advocacy or boost grants from NCHT are not eligible to receive general operating grants. 

Focus areas:  Early childhood development – Building a strong start for ages 0-5 through evidence-based home visitation, quality childcare, parenting education, social/emotional education, and similar services.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) – Preventing and mitigating abuse, neglect, substance use disorders, incarceration, domestic violence, and homelessness. For evidence-based information about ACES click here. 

Positive Childhood Experiences (PCES) – Working to create positive childhood experiences through connecting youth to caring adults and activities, teaching skills, and ensuring a strong start for children. For evidence-based information about PCES click here. 

Mental and behavioral health services – Providing licensed counseling and therapy, suicide prevention, addiction support and treatment, and other services. 

When? Two-year grants are offered during each spring and fall grant cycle. 

Amount:Up to $80,000 each year for the two-year grant period. 

Advocacy Grants

Who is eligible? Wyoming nonprofit organizations whose primary advocacy will benefit Natrona County residents in the areas identified below are eligible for advocacy grants. Nonprofits currently receiving general operating grants or boost grants from NCHT are not eligible to receive advocacy grants. 

Focus Areas: Strengthening supports – Increasing and improving access to mental healthcare and positive childhood experiences (PCEs) with an emphasis on preventing and mitigating childhood trauma (e.g. reducing rates of incarceration, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, substance use disorders) 

Eliminating disparities – Inclusion of marginalized groups (e.g. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQ+, immigrants) to decrease disparities in access and health outcomes. 

Civic Engagement – Working with Wyoming residents to strengthen their voice in state and local public policies to improve the communities where they work, live, and play. 

When? Two-year grants are offered during each spring and fall grant cycle. 

Amount: Up to $80,000 each year for the two-year grant period. 

Boost Grants

Who is eligible? Any Natrona County 501c3 nonprofit, excluding those who are current general operating or advocacy grant recipients. 

Focus areas: Boost grants are provided to support improving the internal capacity and infrastructure of nonprofits in Natrona County. Examples include technology enhancement, board development, and strategic planning activities.  

When? The application for boost grants launches with the spring grant cycle and is open as long as designated funds are available. Organizations can apply for funding each year. 

Amount: Up to $15,000 each year. 

Resource Grants 

Who is eligible? Qualifying organizations whose work benefits the residents of Natrona County. 

Focus areas: A resource grant for grant writing services allows nonprofits to work with a Trust-funded consultant to identify and potentially access additional sources of revenue, such as those from federal grants or national foundations. The consultant works with the nonprofit on grant research, readiness, portfolio preparation, and application submission.  

A resource grant for translation services allows nonprofits to partner with GLOBO, a technology-based service that offers on-demand or scheduled phone and video interpretation and document translation, with access to over 350 languages.  

When? The application for resource grants launches with the spring grant cycle and is open as long as designated funds are available. Organizations can apply for funding each year. 

Amount: Grantwriting will provide funding for a nonprofit to work with a trusted grant-writing consultant for up to one year or up to 200 hours.  Translation services will provide access for up to one year to GLOBO. 

Grant Cycle Timeline

Spring Cycle 2024

  • Application Open – February 16, 2024
  • Application Close – March 15, 2024
  • Grant Award Notification – On or before April 17, 2024
  • Funds Dispersed – Around May 2, 2024

Fall Cycle 2024

  • Application Open – August 16, 2024
  • Application Close – September 13, 2024
  • Grant Award Notification – On or before October 16, 2024
  • Funds Dispersed – Around November 4, 2024

Application & reporting information

Applications will require non-profits to provide: 

    • General contact information 

    • Statement of inclusivity and how it applies to your organization 

    • Request amount and how you will use the requested funds* 

    • Most recent balance sheet, and profit and loss statement. These should be audited financials or financials reviewed and approved by your board. 

    • For Boost Grants, a project budget 

Reporting process:  

    • A member of the Trust’s program staff will reach out to partners to schedule a brief reporting meeting based on the application.  

    • For boost grants, please retain any appropriate receipts or invoices related to the use of the boost grant.  

If you have any questions about any of our upcoming grant applications, please contact: 

Samantha Smith
307-243-2707
[email protected]

*NCHT staff take the following areas into consideration when determining grant amounts; grantee request amount, organizational budget, mission alignment, equity commitment, systems change work, service expansion, community need & evidence-based approaches. 

Grant Cycle Timeline

Please allow approximately 15 minutes to complete the application. Grant cycle dates are as follows:

Spring Cycle 2024

  • Application Open – February 16, 2024
  • Application Close – March 15, 2024
  • Grant Award Notification – On or before April 17, 2024
  • Funds Dispersed – Around May 2, 2024

Fall Cycle 2024

  • Application Open – August 16, 2024
  • Application Close – September 13, 2024
  • Grant Award Notification – On or before October 16, 2024
  • Funds Dispersed – Around November 4, 2024

Statement of Inclusiveness

The Board of Directors adopted this Statement of Inclusiveness to guide the foundation internally as an organization. Potential funded partners will need to have a similar statement and/or attest that their operations and programs are open to all, especially for the groups outlined below.

The mission of Natrona Collective Health Trust is to build the foundation for lifelong health among Natrona County community members by advancing the mental wellbeing of young people through trust-based philanthropy and systems change. NCHT’s operations reflect the belief that communities are enriched when people with different backgrounds and perspectives are active participants in decision-making processes. Thus, NCHT actively seeks to promote access and inclusivity and opposes discrimination based on race, creed, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other factors that deny the essential humanity of all Natrona County residents

Nonprofit Partners

Below is a searchable list of our nonprofit partners and grant amounts since our inception.
Current on Grantmaking Page
Organization Name20212022202320242025Focus Area
12-24 Club2021/2022, 2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, Mental/Behavioral Health360,000
Arc of Natrona County2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportMental/Behavioral Health40,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wyoming2022, 2024General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, PCES160,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming2022, 2024General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportPCES120,000
Brain Injury Advocates2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportACES40,000
CASA of Natrona County2023General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral Support; Boost GrantGeneral SupportACES, PCES, Nonprofit Capacity Building83,265
Casper Boxing Club2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportPCES40,000
Casper Children's Chorale2022/2023, 2024/2025General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportPCES80,000
Casper Children's Theatre2022/2023, General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportPCES200,000
Casper College Early Childhood Learning Center2022/2023General SupportGeneral SupportEarly Childhood80,000
Casper Family ConnectionsGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, PCES, Mental/Behavioral Health300,000
Casper Housing Authority CARES2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, PCES, Early Childhood240,000
Casper Pride2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportEliminating Disparities, Civic Engagement 360,000
Casper Salvation Army2022/2023, 2024/2025General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, Mental & Behavioral Health300,000
Casper Soccer Club, Inc.2023Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building3,180
Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions Program2022/2023, 2024/2025General SupportGeneral Support, Boost GrantGeneral SupportGeneral SupportMental/Behavioral Health315,000
Central Wyoming Senior Services2023Boost Grant Nonprofit Capacity Building11,729
Child Development Center2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral Support, ResourceEarly Childhood, Mental/Behavioral Health, ACES, PCES, Translation360,000
Child Development Services2023/2024Advocacy GrantAdvocacy GrantStrengthening Supports160,000
Children's Advocacy Project2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, Mental/Behavioral Health360,000
Citizens for a Civic Auditorium, dba The Lyric2023Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building5,313
Climb Wyoming2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, Mental/Behavioral Health360,000
Community Action Partnership of Natrona County2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportResourceACES, Grant Writing120,000
Community Health Center of Central Wyoming2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, PCES, Early Childhood, Mental/Behavioral Health360,000
ESPC: Healthy Wyoming2023/2024Advocacy GrantAdvocacy GrantEliminating Disparities, Civic Engagement 80,000
Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming2022/2023, 2024/2025General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportPCES200,000
Habitat for Humanity2022/2023, 2024/2025General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral Support, ResourceGeneral SupportACES, Translation320,000
Hope House2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, Mental/Behavioral Health200,000
Impact Wyoming2023Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building6,000
Interfaith of Natrona County2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportBoost Grant, General SupportGeneral SupportACES, Mental/Behavioral Health, Nonprofit Capacity Building230,000
I-REACH 22021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportBoost GrantBoost GrantMental/Behavioral Health, Nonprofit Capacity Building70,000
Iris Clubhouse2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral Support, Boost GrantGeneral Support, ResourceMental/Behavioral Health, Nonprofit Capacity Building, Grant Writing327,000
Jason's Friends Foundation2023Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building7,750
Joshua's Storehouse2023Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building2,484
Juntos WY2021/2022General SupportGeneral Support160,000
Learning Junction Children's Center, Inc2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportEarly Childhood80,000
Mercer Family Resource Center2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, PCES, Mental/Behavioral Health360,000
Mimi's House2021/2022General SupportACES, PCES40,000
Montessori School of Casper2023Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building5,000
Seton House2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES280,000
NAMI Natrona County2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportMental/Behavioral Health80,000
Natrona County Meals On Wheels2023Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building15,000
Natrona County Suicide Prevention2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportMental/Behavioral Health160,000
Olivia Caldwell Foundation2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, PCES, Mental/Behavioral Health140,000
Parents as Teachers2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, PCES, Early Childhood360,000
Reach 4A Star2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportMental/Behavioral Health120,000
Special Olympics2023Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building14,100
Self Help Center2021/2022General SupportGeneral SupportBoost Grant, Youth PGM, General SupportGeneral SupportACES, PCES, Mental/Behavioral Health, Nonprofit Capacity Building382,000
The Science Zone, Inc.2022/2023, 2024/2025General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportEarly Childhood, PCES340,000
Unaccompanied Students Initiative2022/2023, 2024/2025General SupportGeneral Support, Youth PGMGeneral Support, ResourceGeneral SupportACES, PCES, Grant Writing363,000
Wyoming Child & Family Development, Inc.2022/2023General SupportGeneral SupportEarly Childhood200,000
Wyoming Community Foundation2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportStrengthening Supports120,000
Wyoming Counseling Association2023, 2024Boost GrantBoost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building24,840
Wyoming Equality2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportEliminating Disparities, Civic Engagement 40,000
Wyoming Food for Thought Project2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportACES, PCES360,000
Wyoming Housing Network2023/2024General Support; Boost GrantGeneral SupportACES, Nonprofit Capacity Building135,000
YMCA of Natrona County2022/2023, 2024/2025General SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportGeneral SupportEarly Childhood, PCES340,000
Youth Crisis Center2021/2022/2023General SupportGeneral SupportYouth PGM, General SupportGeneral SupportACES, Mental/Behavioral Health390,000
Homeless Student Support2023Youth PGMMental/Behavioral Health20,000
Wyoming Families for Hands & Voices2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportEarly Childhood, PCES20,000
Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportACES60,000
Wyoming Association of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportStrengthening Supports120,000
VIBES Fine & Performing Arts2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportPCES, Mental/Behavioral Health120,000
Three Trails EFAP2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportACES, Mental/Behavioral Health40,000
National Historic Trails Center2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportPCES20,000
Equal Justice Wyoming Foundation2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportStrengthening Supports, Eliminating Disparities60,000
Casper Christ United Methodist Church2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportACES, Mental/Behavioral Health100,000
Casper Artists' Guild2023/2024General SupportGeneral SupportPCES40,000
Jean's Angel Fund2023Youth PGMMental/Behavioral Health10,000
Central Wyoming Counseling CenterGen OpGen OpYouth PGM, Gen-OpGen-Op, ResourceMental/Behavioral Health, Translation500,000
Healthy Birth & Infant BrainsGen-Op GrantGen-Op GrantEarly Childhood, ACES, PCES, Mental/Behavioral Health20,000
Better Wyoming2024General SupportGeneral SupportCivic Engagement, Strengthening Supports20,000
Wyoming Civic Engagement Network2024General SupportGeneral SupportCivic Engagement80,000
Casper Community Greenhouse Project2024General SupportGeneral SupportPCES60,000
Volunteers of America Northern Rockies2024General SupportGeneral SupportACES, PCES20,000
307 Dance Academy2024Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building$9,050
Cadoma Foundation/Bishop House2024Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building4,985
Fireside Collective2024Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building13,450
Food Bank of the Rockies2024Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building15,000
Make-A-Wish Wyoming2024Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building4,501
NOWCAP2024Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building15,000
Wyoming Council of the Blind2024Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building6,975
Opera Wyoming2024Boost Grant12,000
Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care2024Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building5,180
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra2024Boost Grant$12,995
Nicolaysen Art Museum2024Boost GrantNonprofit Capacity Building15,000
Excel Academy2024ResourceGrant Writing
Project Kenny2024ResourceGrant Writing

Partner Success Stories

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