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A group of people play a shirts and skins pick-up game at the Casper Family YMCA. The YMCA recently received a grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation along with 20 other Natrona County organizations.

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LARAMIE — The Wyoming Community Foundation recently awarded $212,500 to 21 nonprofits in Natrona County as part of its annual grant-making process.

The McMurry Library Fund also made a distribution to the Natrona County Public Library Foundation.

“Grant requests have increased over the past few years, and we don’t anticipate requests to slow down next year,” said foundation program associate Anita McLaughlin. “We know we can’t fill all of the gaps, but we are thrilled that with support from donors, many community projects are being supported.”

Following its most recent board meeting, the statewide organization reported it distributed $996,632 to various organizations with an additional $188,305 given in individual scholarship money.

In 2016, the community foundation granted $8.1 million to charitable organizations across the state and hopes this year will bring similar numbers.

The foundation counts on donor support for grant-making. The organization holds over 400 funds for families, individual donors, businesses and nonprofits. These funds are invested, and the returns are used to support charitable causes.

The Wyoming Community Foundation’s next grant application deadline is Dec. 15. Nonprofit organizations working to strengthen their communities are encouraged to apply.

In Natrona County, the Wyoming Community Foundation’s local board granted money to: Artcore, Boy Scouts of America, Casper Chamber Music Society, Casper Downtown Development Authority, Casper Family YMCA, Central WY Senior Services, Child Development Center of Natrona County, Children’s Advocacy Project, Habitat for Humanity, the Heart of WY; Jason’s Friends, Joshua’s Storehouse, Meals on Wheels, Mike Sedar BMX Parents Association, NAMI Casper, Platte River Trails Trust, Reach 4A Star Riding Academy, Science Zone, Self-Help Center, WY Business Coalition on Health, WY Senior Citizens, and Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about the Wyoming Community Foundation, the organizations it supports, or getting involved, visit www.WYCF.org or call 307-721-8300.

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