Funding Now Available Lander Summer Spark

Call for Ideas

Between February 25 and March 11, the LOR Foundation provided grants up to $1,500 to individuals and organizations who want to share their talents with youth, adults, and seniors through summer educational and recreational activities. 

When COVID-19 forced the City of Lander’s Parks and Recreation department and other organizations to scale down their budgets, Lander residents recognized the impact: less summer programming for the community. LOR’s Lander Summer Spark funding is intended to help fill the gap and encourages Lander residents to become part of the solution.

Open to individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and public institutions (like schools and libraries), the grants for up to $1,500 can be used to offset the costs associated with running a public educational or recreational activity (free or fee-based) for the Lander community. (Limit one grant per applicant.) Those costs might include staff and assistant fees, equipment or materials, participant fee reduction, marketing, and operational expenses such as permits, licenses, subscriptions, facility rentals, and/or transportation fees. All funded activities will be listed in Parks and Rec’s catalog in April (grant recipients must submit their activities to the catalog by the end of March). Registrations begin in May.

Funding Levels
Length of Activity Maximum Grant Amount
One or two days Up to $350
Three to 10 days Up to $1,000
Eleven or more days Up to $1,500

Eligibility Requirements

  • Activities must be recreational or educational and open to the public. 
  • Activities must be held in a public space such as a business, church, school, or city park. Activities cannot be offered in a private residence. All youth programs must be designed for two or more participants. 
  • To apply for Lander Summer Spark funding, an individual must be at least 18, associated with an organization that covers liability, and agree to complete a background check (for youth activities). If you are not associated with an organization, you can contact the Lander Parks and Recreation office or Central Wyoming College Lander Community Enrichment, as both of these organizations can provide applicant background checks, activity registration, and liability coverage.

LOR is no longer accepting funding requests for Lander Summer Spark. But we will continue to share updates and news about Lander Summer Spark activities. Please consider following LOR on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter to learn about future opportunities.

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