GOSHEN COUNTY – CARES Act funding is now available for charitable nonprofit organizations who have provided public assistance or seen a decline in donations during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release from Governor Mark Gordon’s office.
The state is allocating roughly $12.1 million to Wyoming counties to fund the Community Charitable Relief Program with $281,963.55 available to Goshen County specifically, according to Goshen County Clerk Cindy Kenyon. The Goshen County Commission (GCC) is in charge of granting funds to local entities who qualify.
“Right now, we’re drafting the application and once that’s approved, the commissioners will start taking applications, which will be available online,” Kenyon said.
The previous CARES Act deadline of Dec. 31, 2020 will likely be extended as part of the new Congressional aid package, so counties have until March 1, 2021 to distribute this funding, according to the Dec. 22 release. Kenyon said applications are expected to open on Jan. 21.
Eligible organizations include nonprofit entities, including churches and veterans organizations who have provided goods, services or payments to the public related to COVID-19, according to the program’s emergency rules issued by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office. The grant will reimburse organizations for expenditures made between March 19, 2020 and Dec. 30, 2020 or for loss in donations or revenue related to COVID-19 within the same time period.
There won’t be a maximum award amount determined by the state, but it will be at the discretion of the GCC as distributors of the funds. Kenyon said the GCC is still establishing the process.
Gordon is urging counties to act quickly to ensure the funds reach organizations in need, the release said.
“No one can say this has been an easy year. There are so many needs that have been highlighted by the challenge of this virus and all that accompanied it,” Gordon said in the release. “Never has the work of charitable organizations been more important and they have shouldered additional responsibilities in so many ways.”
The full list of program rules are available at https://rules.wyo.gov/ by searching Emergency Rules for the “Community Charitable Relief Program.”