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.

PREVIOUS FUNDS

INTERRUPTION FUND

June 8 - July 2, 2020

3,980 applicants paid

$98.75 million paid

 

RELIEF FUND

Aug. 4 - Sept. 15, 2020

2,415 applicants paid

$177.7 million paid

MITIGATION FUND 

Aug. 4 - Sept. 15, 2020

687 applicants paid

$25.6 million paid

For Wyoming ranchers and farmers who lost revenue due to public health orders or incurred COVID-19 related expenses

$90 million available

Up to $250,000 per applicant

Closed Nov. 18, 2020, 8 PM

AGRICULTURE FUND

NOW CLOSED

ENDURANCE FUND

Ongoing pandemic response for COVID-19 related losses and expenses for Wyoming businesses and some nonprofits

At least $24 million available

Up to $250,000 per applicant

Closed Nov. 18, 2020, 8 PM

NOW CLOSED

AUDIT PROCESS & RETURNING FUNDS

With guidance from an independent auditing firm, McGee Hearne & Paiz, LLP (MHP), a sampling of COVID-19 Business Relief Program recipients will be audited in the coming weeks. Entities chosen for the audit pool will receive an email notification on Friday, Nov. 20, with instructions on next steps. MHP will also conduct the audits, which will be handled at the business level, not application or program levels. Fund recipients are encouraged to collect documentation used to calculate their fund amounts in the event they are audited. 

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 is 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 be sure to appropriately expend those funds by Dec. 1, 2020, and prepare to report on how those funds were spent by Dec. 15, 2020. More details will be emailed to Relief Fund recipients who included future expenses in their applications.

 

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

Sample pool of BRP recipients to be audited
November 19, 2020 
COVID-19 Business Relief funds close on Wednesday
November 16, 2020 
Wyoming Business Council to audit COVID-19 Business Relief Program recipients
November 12, 2020 

ENERGY REBOUND PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

Governor Gordon created the Energy Rebound Program (ERP) to assist Wyoming’s economic recovery and boost employment in the oil and gas sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff is working on verifying and reviewing applications submitted between 10 a.m. MST on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and 10 a.m. MST on Monday, Nov. 23. Please be advised that applications submitted outside this timeframe will not be accepted. If you have submitted an application, please monitor your email, phone calls, text messages, and voicemail, as reviewers may contact you as needed.

PARTNERS

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