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HOSPITALITY LOSS

RELIEF PROGRAM

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Pandemic relief for Wyoming hospitality businesses whose operations were interrupted by the reduced hours provisions in recent health orders.

  • Timing:  Opens December 10, 2020; Closed December 16, 2020, at 5 p.m.

    • Funding decisions will be announced via email to applicants no later than December 18 at 5 p.m.

  • Funding: Up to $50,000; Cannot apply more than one time

  • Eligible Entities: Any bar, tavern, restaurant, or hotel deriving its primary revenues between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. from the on-premises sale and consumption of malt beverages, wine, and/or liquor

  • Eligible time frame: December 9 to 30, 2020 

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY 

  • Established on or before December 1, 2020 

  • Independently owned and operated

  • As of December 1, 2020, had at least one full-time employee or more 

  • Headquartered in Wyoming as of December 9, 2020, and be a licensee in good standing of the Wyoming Department of Revenue Liquor Division

  • Brew Pubs, Breweries, Distilleries, and/or Vineyards are eligible to apply subject to the criteria above but may apply only for losses associated with on-premise sales and consumption of malt beverage, wine, and/or liquor in their own bars or tasting rooms, whether on- or off-site

  • Non-profits of any type are eligible to apply under this program, subject to the other eligibility criteria

AWARD CALCULATIONS

Awards under the Hospitality Loss Relief Program will be calculated based on the following information. Applicants should collect this information and use the calculation worksheet below to prepare their application.

  • Estimated Average Liquor Costs: The average cost to the eligible business of malt beverage, wine, and/or liquor sold for on-site consumption

    • Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.; or

    • Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and the eligible business’ customary closing time, particularly where earlier closure is required by local law or ordinance;

    • This cost shall be determined based on business records for December 2019, if available; otherwise, this cost shall be determined according to the most recent month for which accurate business figures are available.

  • Payroll costs: Total costs for wages/salary, benefits, and state and federal payroll taxes paid by an eligible business for employee labor between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5 a.m.

  • Sales Revenue: Average business revenues derived from the sale for on-site consumption of malt beverage, wine, and/or liquor

    • Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.; or

    • Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and the eligible business' customary closing time, particularly where earlier closure is required by local law or ordinance;

    • Revenues shall be determined based on business records for December 2019, if available; otherwise, revenues shall be determined according to the most recent month for which accurate business figures are available.

  • Special Event Revenue: The total revenues derived from the sale of malt beverage, wine, and/or liquor for on-site consumption by parties or similar special group events held between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. which will not be realized as a result of the Eighteenth Continuation, and which are entirely distinct from the Eligible Business’
    regular sales revenue

    • Special event revenue shall be calculated by comparing against business records from December 2019, where available; otherwise, this figure shall be the total of all written catering/sales agreements actually canceled as of the date of application for the time period December 9, 2020, to December 30, 2020;

    • Under no circumstances should the “Special event revenues” duplicate in any way the amounts provided under “Sales revenue;”

    • The Council may request additional documentation to justify amounts reported as Special event revenue at its sole discretion.

  • Estimated Tips: The average anticipated gratuities earned by employees of eligible businesses that will not be realized as a result of the health order; this figure shall be calculated as Payroll costs multiplied by 0.35.

CALCULATION WORKSHEET

Use this worksheet to help you calculate your Hospitality Loss Relief Program award amount. Once you download the worksheet, click on "Enable Editing" to be able to enter your figures.

VIDEO TUTORIAL

We've created a helpful video tutorial to walk you through the Hospitality Loss Relief Program application. Click on the link below to view the video.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact the following individuals and organizations for questions regarding the Hospitality Loss Relief Program:

 

Applicants also may contact the WBC Regional Director in their area for assistance or email at wbc.hospitality@wyo.gov.