Local Grants

If eligible, grants can be a wonderful way to bring your projects one step closer to completion. 

 

See all the details on available grants below, including eligibility requirements, ways you can put these grants to use, and the deadline by which to apply.

If eligible, grants can be a wonderful way to bring your projects one step closer to completion. 

 

See all the details on available grants below, including eligibility requirements, ways you can put these grants to use, and the deadline by which to apply.

The Community Pride Foundation Grant

The Community Pride Foundation can sponsor projects that don’t have tax-exempt status or the resources to handle charitable contributions.  The sponsored organization benefits by having access to the Board’s financial and grant-making expertise, and the Community Pride Foundation gets an opportunity to work with important grass-roots community efforts. The Community Pride Foundation charges a 1% fee to serve as a fiscal sponsor. 

 

Grant Eligibility

Grants may be made to public schools, youth organizations, nonprofit organizations, and public/governmental agencies. Grants are not made to individuals. 

 

About the Foundation

The Community Pride Foundation was established in 1996 to create a permanent tax-exempt entity to receive and distribute funds for the benefit of the Goshen County Community. The Foundation receives, invests, and disburses funds for any charitable purpose that proves benefits to the citizens of Goshen County. Volunteers, serving on the Board of Directors from all areas of the county administer the Foundation. Individuals, families, businesses, community organizations, and others may contribute to the Foundation. 

 

The Community Pride Foundation is an appropriate choice for:

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  • Tax-deductible gifts for specific projects or educational enhancement, memorial contributions, or tax-deductible bequests within a will; and

  • Tax-deductible gifts not designated for any specific purpose, but intended to benefit Goshen County. 

The Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that the objectives of the donor are fulfilled, be it a single bequest, or the on-going funding of a special project. The ultimate objective is to provide an efficient entity to accept and administer funds in the manner prescribed by each donor. Project categories may include education, leadership, literature, the arts, science, heritage, recreation, community beautification, and youth activities. 

 

Goals

Funding available for youth activities. (Arts, Athletic/sports, Education and Leadership) Awards typically range from $500 to $2,500. Grants of greater or lesser amounts will be considered and are limited to $10,000 per year.

 

How the Grant Program Works

The applicant will submit a completed application and provide cost estimates. Applicants have the option to present their project(s) to the Grant Committee. Applicants must submit a Final Report to be eligible for further funding.

 

Application and Deadlines

Applications and supporting materials must be received (not postmarked) by the grant consultant as of 4 p.m. on May 1st and  November 1st.

 

Applications can be emailed, mailed (mail early to meet the deadline), or hand-delivered to:

 

Goshen Visitor Center

2042 Main Street

Torrington, WY 82240

 

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. 

 

For questions or more information, please email Sandy Hoehn, Community Development Director, or call (307) 532-3879. 

Tourism Sponsorship Program Grant

The Goshen County Tourism Promotion Joint Powers Board (a.k.a. Goshen County Lodging Tax Board) is committed to providing promotion of travel and tourism throughout Goshen County, facilitating effective marketing programs in order to enhance and improve destination tourism, and earmarking funds for a Tourism Sponsorship Program.  

 

The Tourism Sponsorship Program provides grants to event organizers offering local, regional, and national public relations funding for events that in turn attract visitors and residents to Goshen County.  To date, the Goshen County Lodging Tax Board has awarded grants in the amount of approximately $321,000.00.

Grant Eligibility

Entities eligible to apply for grants must have the capability of attracting visitors to Goshen County and must have projects that will promote tourism within Goshen County.

 

Goals

The goals of the grant program are to attract more visitors to Goshen County, provide meaningful visitor resident interaction and positive benefits, support events that offer local, regional, and national public relations value, encourage collaboration between event producers, and promote self-sufficiency of the event.

 

How the Grant Program Works

The applicant will submit a completed application and provide cost estimates. Applicants have the option to present their project(s) to the Grant Committee. The Grant Program will reimburse funds based on the submission of paid receipts and a Final Report of the project within sixty days of event completion. All invoices must be marked paid.

 

Application and Deadlines

Applications will be reviewed and awards are made at the next Lodging Tax Board Meeting. Applications and supporting materials must be received (not postmarked) as of noon on the first Tuesday of the month in January, April, July, and October.

 

Applications can be emailed, mailed (mail early to meet the deadline), or hand-delivered to:

 

Goshen Visitor Center

2042 Main Street

Torrington, WY 82240

 

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. 

 

For questions or more information, please email Sandy Hoehn, Community Development Director, or call (307) 532-3879.

Goshen County Lodging Tax Board

The Goshen County Tourism Promotion Joint Powers Board [a.k.a. Goshen County Lodging Tax Board], is committed to providing promotion of travel and tourism throughout Goshen County, facilitating effective marketing programs in order to enhance and improve destination tourism, and earmarks funds for a Tourism Sponsorship Program.  

 

The Tourism Sponsorship Program provides grants to event organizers offering local, regional, and national public relations funding for events that in turn attract visitors and residents to Goshen County.  To date, the Goshen County Lodging Tax Board has awarded grants, approximately $321,000.00.

Tourism Sponsorship Program Eligibility

Entities eligible to apply for grants must have the capability of attracting visitors to Goshen County and must have projects that will promote tourism within Goshen County.

 

Goals

The goals of the grant program are to attract more visitors to Goshen County, provide meaningful visitor resident interaction and positive benefits, support events that offer local, regional, and national public relations value, encourage collaboration between event producers, and promote self-sufficiency of the event.

How the Grant Program Works

The applicant will submit a completed application and provide cost estimates. Applicants have the option to present their project(s) to the Grant Committee. The Grant Program will reimburse funds based on the submittal of paid receipts and a Final Report of the project within sixty days of event completion. All invoices must be marked paid.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed and awards are made at the next Lodging Tax Board Meeting. Applications and supporting materials must be received (not postmarked) as of noon on the first Tuesday of the following months:

 

First Tuesday of the month January, April, July, and October.

Applications can be emailed, mailed (mail early to meet the deadline), or hand-delivered to:

 

Goshen Visitor Center

2042 Main Street

Torrington, WY 82240

Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment.

 

For questions or more information, please email Sandy Hoehn, Community Development Director, or call (307) 532-3879.

Progress Program

The goal of the Goshen Economic Development (GED) Progress Program is to reinvest one-quarter cent sales tax funds back in Goshen County businesses and municipalities. Goshen County businesses are the lifeblood of Goshen County, and it is vital that the economic development sales tax is reinvested to continue growth and prosperity. GED is here to provide economic development support to Goshen County and its communities.

 

Grant Eligibility

 

Paying members of Goshen Economic Development in good standing are eligible for Progress Program funding. If membership has lapsed in the previous five years, applicants are expected to make up the difference to bring their membership whole for the previous five contiguous years.

 

Funds must be spent within 12 months of award. A one-time six-month extension can be

requested for approval by the board. Any awards that are not utilized within 12 months [or 18

months if previously approved], will be surrendered back to the Progress Program account.

 

Application and Deadlines 

 

Progress Program applications can be submitted quarterly and are eligible for only one award per fiscal-year. Applications are the way to explain the economic development merit of the project and how it will benefit Goshen County.

 

Examples of economic development merit include:

 

  • Job creation

  • Expansion into new markets

  • Increased payrolls

  • Increased sales tax revenues

  • Improvement to quality of life (Municipality)

 

Application due dates are the first Friday of:

 

  • November (1st quarter)

  • February (2nd quarter)

  • May (3rd quarter)

  • August (4th quarter)





 

Submitted applications will be reviewed for thoroughness and completeness. An incomplete

application will be sent back to the applicant and will be ineligible for that quarter’s awards. 

 

The application will be vetted by staff for completeness and economic development merit. Applications will be copied to the GED Progress Program Committee for their review. The Progress Program Committee will produce a positive or negative funding recommendation to the GED Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors will make the final determination. 

 

Applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision following the board meeting via email. 

 

Note for construction projects: 

Construction projects are expected to show multiple bids for the project. Local bids receive preferential treatment. If local bids cannot be received, the applicant must prove that local bids were sought. Applicants must complete an application, cost estimates and multiple bids. The Progress Program will pay based on submission of paid bills for the project completed. All projects require matching funds and must be submitted for pre-approval of project and labor BEFORE the project begins.


 

Project Funding and Match

 

  • A fifty percent (50%) match of the total project cost is preferred

  • Project may receive less funding than amount requested in application

  • GED reserves the right to publicize awards

  • Applications will be reviewed quarterly, subject to funds availability on a first come – first serve basis

  • GED Board of Directors reserve the right to make final determination on all projects

 

Eligible Programs

 

Community Improvements

The quality of a community is crucial to its economic development and diversification efforts. Funds will be designated to provide funding for publicly owned infrastructure or other community improvements to serve the needs of businesses and citizens. Projects MUST relate to economic development. Multiple bids must be sought in order to qualify, preference is given to local contractors. If project cannot be contracted locally, proof must be shown in the application.

 

Community Improvement grants are only available to local government entities. Therefore, grant funds will be earmarked for each municipality until 4th quarter of GED’s fiscal year. If funds are not applied for, the funds will transfer to the general Progress Program funds and will be eligible for awarding in other categories. Municipalities should be applying for and utilizing these funds each fiscal year for

projects to promote the quality of life in their respective communities.

 

  • Funding options

    • Publicly Owned Infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Electric)

    • Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter

    • Roadways

    • Enhancements (Splash Pad, Artwork, etc.)

    • Signage (Must relate to attractions)

 

  • Eligible Applicants

    • Municipalities located in Goshen County

    • Goshen County Government

 

Capital Improvements

Improvements to a business can pay dividends to businesses in need for expansion. Funds will be designated to businesses that want to improve their building or place of business. Multiple bids must be sought in order to qualify, preference is given to local contractors. If the project cannot be contracted locally, proof must be shown in the application. Prove the economic development merit of the project in the application.

 

  • Funding options

    • New Construction

    • Renovation as a result of an addition/expansion

    • Roofing – not eligible

 

  • Eligibility

    • Business located in Goshen County

    • Commercial space must be owned by the business owner or lessee must provide a 5-year lease agreement

 

Facade and Signage

Building appearance and the overall aesthetic of commercial buildings help attract other business and enhance the appearance of the community. The façade grant is to help update the appearance of building frontage and/or signage for the business. Multiple bids must be sought in order to qualify, preference is given to local contractors. If project cannot be contracted locally, proof must be shown in the application.

 

Eligibility

  • Business located in Goshen County

  • Commercial space must be owned by the business owner or leasor must provide a 5-year lease agreement

 

Equipment Upgrade

Purchasing new equipment can be an expensive endeavor. Newer, more efficient equipment can pay dividends to business owners. Multiple bids must be sought in order to qualify, preference is given to local contractors. If project cannot be contracted locally, proof must be shown in the application. Technology Upgrades and deferred maintenance are NOT eligible. (Computers, Printers, Monitors, HVAC, etc.)

 

  • Eligibility

    • Business located in Goshen County

 

E-Commerce Accelerator

This program is to encourage businesses to diversify by establishing or enhancing their online presence. E-Commerce has become increasingly important due to COVID-19. It is a great way to keep local money, local. Multiple bids must be sought in order to qualify, preference is given to local contractors. If project cannot be contracted locally, proof must be shown in the application.

 

To qualify for the LAUNCH grant, the business cannot have a commerce based online presence (social media presence does not apply). To qualify for the AMPLIFY grant, the business must have an e-commerce site that can be improved.

 

  • Eligible Expenses

    • Website creation (must include E-commerce capabilities)

    • E-commerce platform set-up and annual subscription fee (shopping carts, online security tools, membership, etc.)

    • App Creation

    • POS system upgrades necessary to integrate with e-commerce platforms

    • Contactless Payment

    • Online Reservations

    • Logo Creation 

    • Social Accounts Established

    • Online ID: Claiming Google My Business, etc.

    • Marketing: Plan & Budget

 

  • Eligibility

    • Businesses must be located in Goshen County

    • Businesses must be up to date on Sales Tax payments

 

Workforce Training

This program is meant to help Goshen County businesses train their workforce. This program could compliment Wyoming Workforce Development funding as Wyoming Workforce Training funds are becoming more competitive and awards have been cut.

 

  • Eligibility

    • Businesses located in Goshen County

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