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Funding Opportunities for Wyoming Innovation

                The wellbeing of the students and the future is supported by the work of the families, the schools, and the community coming together. This mentality is held up high by the John P. Ellbogen Foundation and the work that they are continuously doing throughout Wyoming. Currently, they are showcasing this philosophy once more through the Graduate: All Students Successful Grant.

                The John P. Ellbogen Foundation was established in 2001 based on the life earning of John (Jack) P. Ellbogen. This family-run private foundation has been delivering incredible results through its partnership and mentorship of numerous Wyoming community and educational agencies. This foundation follows the donor intent of Jack to ensure that students and communities have meaningful opportunities, which he believed often came from the education the students were able to access. Such a love for education was rooted in his mentorship from his Wyoming schoolteacher mother and positive experiences with the learning he received in Wyoming K-12 and the University of Wyoming. This mentality of communities coming together and seeing students succeed is especially seen in the Graduate: All Students Successful Grant.

                The Graduate: All Students Successful Grant is a new ongoing grant that can award up to $70,000 for a 3-year period (totaling up to $210,000) for sustainable and innovative educational programs for Wyoming students. Applications will be accepted as long as funds are available. To develop a competitive grant, the agencies will need to showcase partnership with other members of their communities, a thorough grasp of specific community needs, and a focus on student success from before to after K-12 schooling. The Ellbogen Foundation has developed clear guidelines on their website on what they expect in terms of submission details to include and the logistic obligations such as annual reporting, in-kind match collection, and budget expectations. One piece to this grant that also needs mentioned is the partnership building that they encourage within the awardee’s community, with other awardees around the state, and with the Foundation’s mentorship.

                Besides this grant, the Ellbogen Foundation continues to award other innovative ideas that are founded in Wyoming and benefit Wyoming communities. This foundation has a regular grant session wherein they accept grant proposals which include one time frame in spring and the other in fall. At these times, they encourage agencies to submit letters of inquiry during a one-week time frame and then will notify potential projects to submit a grant proposal if this idea is deemed to go forward. They then will review as a board these grant proposals and fund projects that they view as having systemic and sustainable impacts throughout Wyoming. The Ellbogen Foundation also creates other opportunities to ensure that communities are prospering such as the Ellbogen Opportunity Scholarship that awards Wyoming community college scholarships to adult and returning learners.

                Executive Director Becca Steinhoff stated that the Ellbogen Foundation wishes for people to see how meaningful and critical these partnerships are across Wyoming. The passion and energy of these innovations can be seen in so many grant proposals, and this also highlights how impactful foundation partnerships are for providing the resources/additional mentorship needed to bring these ideas to fruition.

                For more information on the Graduate: All Students Successful Grant, please click this link: Website Link. If you have questions for Becca Steinhoff about the grant or about the Ellbogen Foundation, please contact her at ellbogefoundation.wy@gmail.com.
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