SHERIDAN — CHAPS announced grants received from the Johnson Foundation of the Rockies, BNSF Railway Foundation and the Seidler Foundation this week. The grants are for general funding and scholarships in support of equine assisted activities and therapies in Sheridan and Johnson counties.

“This is our second year receiving support from the Johnson Foundation of the Rockies,” CHAPS Executive Director Kristen Marcus said. “The foundation doubled our ask this year and we couldn’t be more grateful. These funds are intended for general support of our equine assisted therapy program.

“The Seidler Foundation via Sam and Carol Mavrakis have been longtime supporters of CHAPS,” she added. “They provide scholarship funds for clients which is our greatest need besides operational funding. The BNSF Railway Foundation is a new partnership for CHAPS this year and they gifted us scholarship funding as well. CHAPS is very blessed to have these wonderful people supporting our mission.”

CHAPS serves youth, adults and veterans with physical, mental, social and/or psychological disabilities. General funding from foundations such as the Johnson Foundation of the Rockies helps with bills other than direct service. These bills can include lease of the facility, utilities, liability insurance, auto/trailer insurance, facility maintenance, equipment maintenance, veterinary bills, etc. Scholarship funds provide direct service opportunities for clients in Sheridan and Johnson counties.

Marcus said CHAPS is grateful to renew the partnership with the Johnson Foundation of the Rockies and Seidler Foundation and excited to partner with the BNSF Railway Foundation. Marcus said she looks forward to 2019.

CHAPS is currently serving the Child Development Center, the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming and Day Break for the winter. Riding and driving lessons will resume March 4.