The Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott Foundation works to strengthen the lives of people who in turn make our community a great place to live.


Communities in which the Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott Foundation has a presence are healthy and vibrant and embrace all citizens.



We encourage you to contact the Foundation office at 307-218-9492 or email Jenny Craft to discuss your project prior to preparing your proposal. The Scott Foundation prioritizes funding in Sheridan County, WY with a focus on character building opportunities for youth. The Executive Director will be happy to explain proposal submission procedures, identify due dates, send you a proposal form, and answer other questions.


The The Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation is a private charitable foundation located in Sheridan, Wyoming, established by area ranchers Homer and Mildred Scott in 1982. The Foundation was activated in 1988. From their earliest days as a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Scott were personally involved in supporting their community. Their deep philanthropic commitment under girded the family’s values, and from the time they were young, their five children heard their parents emphasize the importance of giving back to the community. Mr. and Mrs. Scott established their trust to dedicate its support primarily to organizations in and around the Sheridan area (70 percent) as well as other areas where Scott family members have a presence. The Scotts believed that the organizations they supported should be well run, have a plan, and not rely too heavily on government funds. For that reason they required grantees to secure matching funds as leverage.

Essentially, the Foundation serves as a catalyst to encourage and assist area non-profits in their work. Its areas of interest for grant-making purposes are relatively broad in scope but have and emphasis on youth. In selecting organizations to which grant funds will be awarded, the Foundation will consider organizations which provide educational and character-building opportunities for young people. The Foundation also recognizes that vital communities need economic opportunity, a healthy environment, and arts and humanities.


Compass Center for Families
Sheridan Community Land Trust
Sheridan Stadium Foundation
Sheridan County Library Foundation
Sheridan County School District #1
Sheridan Community Education Foundation
Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation
Veteran’s Village
Center for a Vital Community
Children’s Center
Tongue River Child’s Place
WYO Theatre
Black Mountain Nordic Ski Club
The Hub on Smith Street
Kids Life
National Alliance on Mental Health
Science Kids
Green House Living
Sheridan County Museum of the Big Horns
MSU Foundation
Compass Center for Families
Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Food Group
The objective of the Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation is to provide charitable grants to worthy tax-exempt organizations that exclusively carry on religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational activities. Grants will be made only to organizations that are tax-exempt as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and which are not private foundations as defined in Section 509 of the Code. Grant proposals for endowment funds; capital campaigns; support of elementary and secondary schools; needs of individual churches and similar religious groups; and needs of normally tax-supported public facilities will not be given funding priority. The Foundation will not grant to individuals, private for-profit businesses, or private non-operating foundations. Grants are awarded on a matching fund basis in order to encourage broad support. Equal matching (1:1) is required of organizations that are not tax-supported. That is, for every dollar the Foundation awards, the grantee is required to secure a dollar from the same project from another funding source. For organizations that are tax-supported, the required matching is 3:1. Primary consideration will be given to organizations which are not tax-supported. While it is not a prerequisite for submitting a grant proposal, applicants are highly encouraged to develop other sources of support prior to approaching the Foundation for funding. Other support is a positive factor, signifying an applicant’s commitment and diligence in pursuing broad-based assistance. Preference will be given to organizations which will use the grant monies within a 30-mile radius of Sheridan, Wyoming, and other communities where the Scott Family has a presence. Organizations whose grant proposal is declined may not resubmit a proposal for the same project for one calendar year from the declination date. No more than two grant proposals from the same organization shall be considered during the Foundation’s fiscal year (March 1 – February 28). It is customary for a Foundation representative to conduct a site visit to funded projects to talk with project managers and to view activity first-hand. Site visits allow the Foundation to develop a greater understanding of the work of our non-profit partners and to evaluate the effectiveness of our grant-making. Grantees are required to submit a final report of project activity and a final financial report by December 31 of the year in which they receive grant monies or by the end of the project year. If the grant is multi-year, yearly interim reports as well as a final report are required.


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