On July 1, 2022, the Wyoming Bureau of Outdoor Recreation announced the launch of the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Grant Program, which will fund public outdoor recreation projects statewide.
The preliminary application was opened on June 30th and closed on August 30th. 117 preliminary applications were received from local, county, state and tribal governments and non-profit organizations across the state for a total of $71,239,338 in requested funding, exceeding available funds by over $51 million.
These funds, which will be made available in 2022 through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds and the Wyoming Office of Tourism, will be awarded to projects related to responding to the impact of COVID-19, new Outdoor recreation infrastructure, and economic impacts in local communities.
“Our office is encouraged by the number and variety of applications we have received. We see communities large and small across Wyoming looking to this grant program as an option to grow their economies in ways that make sense to them and add value to both local people and the tourism economy,” said Patrick Harrington, manager of the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation.
Various amounts of grants ranging from $20,000 to $749,000 are offered. Preliminary applications will be reviewed and evaluated by an Outdoor Recreation Grant Committee. Grants will be evaluated on: project ARPA readiness, economic impact, new outdoor recreation infrastructure, budget and project cost, funding match, and community support.
Applicants were required to provide a variety of project details, including the total value of the proposed project, the 10 percent funding source required, other funding sources, project partners, proposed start and end dates, a risk assessment, and more.
In addition to more than $71 million in requested funds, preliminary applications totaled $13,792,597 in project match funds.
Of the 117 preliminary applications received by Wyoming Outdoor Recreation, 47 were from government agencies, 37 from nonprofit organizations, 22 from municipalities, 10 from county governments, and 1 from both a tribal government and a county/nonprofit partnership.
County: Proposed $5,696,278; Match $2,502,882
Municipal: Proposed $9,639,744; Equivalent to $3,808,983
· Nonprofit: Proposed $10,100,817; Match $2,755,975
· Partnership: Proposed $749,999; match undefined
· Tribesmen: Requested $57,500; Game $5,750
State: Proposed $44,995,000; Match $4,719,007
The primary project categories for pre-applications include campgrounds at $15,198,599, other at $17,840,051, shooting at $1,541,000, trails at $39,231,535 and water at $11,220,750. These totals include requested and match funds.
The Grant Review Committee will review the pre-application packages throughout October. Applicants will be notified of approval or rejection of the application phase of the scholarship program by October 30th.
For more information on the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Grant Program, visit wyorec.com.