Wyoming Business Council (WBC)
Grants and loans of up to $50,000 to Wyoming agencies and Indian tribes for economic and infrastructure development. Applicants must consult with a regional director to discuss their project. Draft applications are due at least two weeks before the deadline.
Applicants may request support for projects that are currently in the planning stage. Eligible projects include local economic development strategies, promotional plans, feasibility studies, tourism plans, and regional targeted industry plans.
There are five types of planning grants available:
1) Economic Development plans (Up to $50,000) - These are plans that address the community as a whole and identify potential future economic development opportunities and further develop a community's economic development strategy. (This is not intended to be used for community development plans such as land use plans, zoning plans, etc.) The plan, if implemented, will potentially lead to the creation of new primary jobs and/or retention of existing primary jobs. The plan will also address sources of funding to implement the plan.
2) Feasibility Studies (Up to $25,000) - These are site specific or industry specific plans must determine the feasibility of a project or plan for a project that addresses an economic development objective. The plan, if implemented, will potentially lead to the creation of new primary jobs and/or retention of existing primary jobs. The plan will also address sources of funding to implement the plan.
3) Promotional Plans (Up to $25,000) - These are plans that specifically address the promotion of a community's economic development asset(s). Examples would be branding or downtown development. The plan, if implemented, will potentially lead to the creation of new jobs and/or retention of existing jobs. The plan will also address sources of funding to implement the plan.
4) Tourism Plans (Up to $25,000) - These are plans that address economic development opportunities for a defined region or community that specifically focuses on the tourism and hospitality industry. The plan, if implemented, will potentially lead to increased visitation to the destination, which would in turn, increase local sales and lodging tax collections to add to the local economy. The plan will also address sources of funding to implement the plan.
5) Regional Targeted Industry Plans (Up to $50,000) - These are plans that encompass a defined region and potential targeted industries for economic development growth. The plan, if implemented, will potentially lead to the creation of new primary jobs and/or retention of existing primary jobs. The plan will also address sources of funding to implement the plan.
Public infrastructure eligible for funding includes water; sewer; roads; airports; rights of way; telecommunications; land; spec buildings; amenities within a business park, industrial park, industrial site or business district; landscaping, recreation and educational facilities; and other physical projects in support of primary economic and educational development.
GrantWatch ID#: 176710
-Economic Development Plans: Up to $50,000
-Feasibility Studies: Up to $25,000
-Promotional Plans: Up to $25,000
-Tourism Plans: Up to $25,000
-Regional Targeted Industry Plans: Up to $50,000
Counties, incorporated cities, towns, and joint powers boards (with approval of all member agencies) may apply.
The WBC may enter into contracts/cooperative agreements with Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes.
Each Wyoming Business Council Regional Director is available to assist applicants with the development of projects and preparation of applications.
The applicant must schedule a consultation with a Wyoming Business Council Regional Director to discuss the project. The Wyoming Business Council Regional Director will submit preliminary comments and concerns along with the application.
A copy of the draft application and draft application materials must be submitted to the Wyoming Business Council Regional Director at least two weeks before the application submission deadline.
A match of 25% of total project costs is required. The match must be all cash.
Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis as follows:
March 1, 2017
June 1, 2017
September 1, 2017
December 1, 2017
Applicants may submit one application per calendar year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit electronic and hard-copy applications to:
Julie Kozlowski, Program Manager
Business Ready Community Grant and Loan Program
Wyoming Business Council
214 W. 15th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-2812
Fax: (307) 777-2838
Cell: (307) 631-2709
Converse, Niobrara, and Natrona Counties:
Kim Rightmer, East Central Regional Director
2435 King Blvd, Box 1
Casper, WY 82604
Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, and Washakie Counties:
Leah Bruscino, Northwest Regional Director
143 South Bent, Suite B
Powell, WY 82435
Campbell, Crook, Sheridan, Johnson, and Weston Counties:
Lincoln, Sublette, and Uinta Counties:
Elaina Zempel, Southwest Regional Director
520 Topaz, Suite 110-A
Kemmerer, WY 83101
Fremont and Teton Counties:
Roger Bower, West Central Regional Director
213 West Main St., Suite B
Riverton, WY 82501
Albany, Goshen, Laramie, and Platte Counties:
Southeast Regional Director 214 West 15th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Carbon and Sweetwater Counties:
Pat Robbins, South Central Region Director
1400 Dewar Drive, Ste 208A
Rock Springs, WY 82901