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Gordon: Applications for $225 million in COVID business relief funding open Aug. 4


CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office announced that two COVID-19 business relief programs will open at 10 am on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

That includes the $175 million “Relief Fund” program and the $50 million “Mitigation Fund” program.

“This much-needed funding is a lifeline to businesses and nonprofits hurt by COVID-19, and vital to our efforts to support Wyoming’s economy and our communities,” Gordon said in the release.

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The governor signed emergency rules for both programs on July 27, according to his office.

The programs are open to businesses and non-profits which “have experienced hardship related to the COVID-19 crisis.” The governor’s office describes the two programs as follows:

The Relief Fund has $50 million set aside for businesses and nonprofits required to close by public health order and an additional $125 million available to cover COVID-19 related expenses and direct or indirect losses due to public health orders. Awards up to $300,000 are available and businesses must employ 100 or fewer people. Eligible nonprofits include 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), 501(c)(12) and 501(c)(19) with at least one paid full-time employee and no more than 50 percent of time spent on lobbying. 

The Mitigation Fund reimburses all Wyoming businesses and nonprofits that have incurred employee and customer health and safety expenses that were a direct impact of COVID-19. The Mitigation Fund has $50 million available with awards up to $500,000.

Governor Mark Gordon’s office

Businesses and nonprofits can apply at wyobizrelief.org starting at 10 am Tuesday.

“It’s tough to gauge the demand and frequency of applications prior to the launch of these two programs, so now is a good time for businesses and nonprofits to familiarize themselves with all of the helpful tools and information at wyobizrelief.org if they haven’t already done so,” Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell said in the release. “There are FAQs, live and recorded informational webinar opportunities, and a grant calculator graphic you can work on with your lender or accountant in order to submit a solid application as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Gordon’s office said that about half of the overall funding for the two programs will be available to businesses and nonprofits.

“The remaining funds will be dispersed at a later date to ensure funding is available to assist entities that anticipate losses and expenses later in the year,” the release adds.

The funding is available after the Wyoming Legislature allocated $325 million in federal CARES Act funding received by Wyoming to provide relief to Wyoming businesses impacted by the pandemic.

“The Wyoming Business Council is distributing these dollars through the COVID-19 Business Relief Program, which has been broken down into three funds – the Interruption Fund, the Relief Fund, and the Mitigation Fund,” the release adds. “Go to wyobizrelief.org to stay informed about program details and to register to receive Business Council news releases.”

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.

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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.