COVID-19 BUSINESS RELIEF PROGRAM

In May 2020, the Wyoming Legislature created three programs to distribute $325 million in federal CARES Act funding to Wyoming businesses and nonprofits that experienced hardship related to the COVID-19 crisis. The Wyoming Business Council is distributing these dollars through the COVID-19 Business Relief Program, which consists of five funds: the Interruption, Relief, Mitigation, Agriculture, and Endurance funds, all of which are now closed.

COVID-19 BUSINESS RELIEF PROGRAM RECAP

INTERRUPTION FUND

June 8 - July 2, 2020

3,978 applicants paid

$98.5 million paid

RELIEF FUND

Aug. 4 - Sept. 15, 2020

2,416 applicants paid

$177.6 million paid

MITIGATION FUND 

Aug. 4 - Sept. 15, 2020

687 applicants paid

$25.6 million paid

AGRICULTURE FUND 

Nov. 2 - Nov. 18, 2020

514 applicants paid

$35.1 million paid

ENDURANCE FUND 

Nov. 2 - Nov. 18, 2020

981 applicants paid

$83 million paid

ENDURANCE FUND UPDATE (12/22/2020)

All CARES Act dollars allocated to the Endurance Fund have been fully expended and dedicated to paying applications from entities that did not previously receive COVID-19 Business Relief Program (BRP) awards. A total of 981 Wyoming businesses and nonprofits were paid $82.8 million from the Fund. Remaining applications in the queue are not able to be funded and applicants have been notified via email.

THRIVE > SURVIVE CAMPAIGN

As 2020 comes to a close, the Wyoming Business Council has launched a new campaign, Thrive > Survive, featuring Wyoming stories where innovation, lots of elbow grease and working together have helped communities and businesses weather the pandemic, sometimes even growing stronger.

BRP AUDIT PROCESS & RETURNING FUNDS

With guidance and oversight from independent auditing firm, McGee Hearne & Paiz, LLP (MHP), a sampling of COVID-19 Business Relief Program recipients are currently being audited. Entities chosen for the audit pool are notified by email with instructions on next steps. MHP and its contracted partners are conducting the audits at the business level and will share results soon. 

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If a business or nonprofit would like to proactively return money from any of the Business Relief Program funds, they can log in to their Business Relief Program account to initiate the return. Returning complete funds by Nov. 30 will remove you from the third-party audit list and you will not need to provide any supporting documentation. The final deadline for returning funds was Dec. 18.  

RELIEF FUND FUTURE EXTRAORDINARY EXPENDITURES PLAN

IMPORTANT EXPENDITURE PLAN INFORMATION: If you included future extraordinary expenditures in your Relief Fund application, you must report on how those funds were spent by Dec. 15, 2020. Applicants not reporting on their expenditures will be required to repay their expenditure plan amounts. 

REGIONAL DIRECTOR CONSULTANTS

Reach out to a regional director with specific questions and for more information.

AMY QUICK

Northwest Regional Director (Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties)
307.421.0140

HEATHER TUPPER

Southeast Regional Director (Albany, Carbon, Goshen and Laramie counties)
307.777.2804

ELAINA ZEMPEL

Western Regional Director (Lincoln, Sublette, Uinta and Teton counties)
307.877.2203

BRANDI HARLOW

Northeast Regional Director (Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties)
307.689.1320 

KIM RIGHTMER

East Central Regional Director (Converse, Natrona, Niobrara and Platte counties)
307.577.6012

MARCIO PAES-BARRETO

South Central Regional Director (Fremont and Sweetwater counties).
307.630.4679

RECENT NEWS AND UPDATES

More than $500 million in federal funding helped Wyoming businesses in 2020
January 15, 2021 
Endurance Fund closes after paying $82.8 million to applicants
December 22, 2020 
Business Council Launches Thrive > Survive Camapaign 
December 21, 2020 

PARTNERS

Special thanks to these partner agencies who provide valuable assistance and support to Wyoming businesses in the good times and the tough times.
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