Grants will support Jenny Lake renewal project and Youth Conservation Program
Grand Teton National Park Foundation today received a total of $100,000 from Wells Fargo to support conservation, recreation and education efforts.
The Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), awarded $75,000 to support Inspiring Journeys: A Campaign for Jenny Lake. This public-private collaboration will transform Jenny Lake’s trails, bridges, key destinations and visitor complex. Additionally, Wells Fargo’s Wyoming Region awarded $25,000 for the park’s Youth Conservation Program, a teen education, stewardship and employment opportunity that provides much-needed repairs and improvements on heavily used park trails and historic sites.
Established in 2012, the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities five-year grant program has awarded $12 million to 207 grantees and funded 247 projects to date that promote conservation and environmental sustainability.
“It’s an important time for the Foundation as we’re heading into the last year of our campaign,” said Grand Teton National Park Foundation’s president, Leslie Mattson. “The generosity of the Wells Fargo Foundation in partnership with NFWF puts us just over $12 million of our $14 million project goal to be raised in time for the NPS centennial next August. The local support of Wells Fargo is incredible, and we’re lucky to have found such a wonderful partner for the park right here in our own community.”
“This year’s Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grantees will work on projects from Maine to Alaska, from Los Angeles to Birmingham,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “The dedication and commitment to conservation and helping local communities shown by Wells Fargo is inspirational and deeply appreciated by all who participate in these exciting projects. Without Wells Fargo’s support, none of this good work would be possible.”
“These grants are investments in our local community and will provide much-needed funding aimed at protecting the environment for our local residents,” said Joy Ott, region president for Wells Fargo in Montana and Wyoming. “We’re proud to collaborate with Grand Teton National Park Foundation to use our financial resources, as well as the expertise of our team members, to protect and preserve a more sustainable environment for communities we serve.”
As part of Wells Fargo’s $100 million philanthropy commitment to nonprofits and universities by 2020, a $15 million, five-year relationship with NFWF was created and launched in 2012 to promote environmental stewardship across the country. The goal of the Wells Fargo-NFWF grant partnership and program is to provide grants for highly impactful projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. The program will fund proposals in select cities/regions (see website for full list) in the following areas:
• sustainable agriculture and forestry
• conservation of land and water resources
• restoration of urban ecosystems
• clean energy infrastructure
Grand Teton National Park Foundation was selected from among more than 450 requests submitted by local team members and nonprofits Wells Fargo identified as being in need of extra help with green revitalization projects. In April 2012, Wells Fargo released a set of environmental commitments to be achieved by 2020; including reducing the company’s environmental impact, financing the transition to a greener economy and encouraging stronger and more sustainable communities. Part of this goal includes a $100 million environmental grants commitment by 2020 to create a “greener” future for the communities they serve.
Details of the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program and a link to the 2016 application (available in September 2015) can be found at the NFWF application website: www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions. Projects benefiting underserved communities and encouraging volunteerism are given priority consideration. The Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation to promote environmental stewardship across the country.
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