Wyoming is blessed with a strong nonprofit network that puts on incredible public humanities programming. In Wyoming Humanities’ 47 years, we have supported more than 900 individual grant programs put on throughout the state. What has resulted is innovative work that has helped Wyomingites connect to the humanities in ways we could never do on our own.
Often WYH grants provide local organizations with funding to support programs they would not be able to put on otherwise. These programs include local reading groups, discussions that follow play and dance performances, and exhibits housed in libraries and museums. These programs, from Baggs to Cheyenne to Casper to Jackson to Laramie, help local non-profits serve their townspeople even more effectively.
Organizations also use grants to bring their work to parts of Wyoming they could not reach on their own. The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center has won grants to host school visits at their museum as well as tour speakers in Southern Wyoming. And a grant to UW’s Department of Theater and Dance provided funding for scholar-led discussions linking Ellis Island oral histories to Wyoming’s immigration history. These and other organizations were able to expand their important work to even more people because of grant funds.
Grantees also use grant funds to expand their work beyond Wyoming. Many of the documentary films partially funded by WYH grants reach national audiences, bringing Wyoming stories to the rest of the country. Thus people within and beyond our state’s borders learn about Wyoming people, Wyoming history, and the connections between our people, our landscapes, and our weather.
Grant writing is hard work. We’re so grateful for the Wyoming nonprofits who not only create amazing humanities programs but also apply for grants to expand their work even more. Thank you for all you do for Wyoming!