Layoff Aversion Grants: Help is available for businesses
The Wyoming Workforce Development Council (WWDC) in coordination with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is providing layoff aversion grants to Wyoming Businesses. The grants are intended to avert layoffs and/or assist with shortening layoffs during this crisis. The purpose of the grant is to provide funding to assist Wyoming businesses with innovative solutions to decrease the amount of time for layoffs and/or avert layoffs during the crisis by assisting businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.
Grants are available through the WWDC and DWS to support Wyoming’s businesses for a continued thriving economy.
DWS and its 20 Workforce Centers will assist businesses with grant applications to support these important layoff aversion strategies for Wyoming’s economy.
Grant Opportunity Details
All eligible Wyoming businesses (good standing with Unemployment Insurance and Worker’s Compensation) have an opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 to support layoff aversion strategies to assist Wyoming businesses with navigating the COVID-19 crisis that may avoid layoffs or assist with re-opening as quickly as possible.
Grant funding may be used on a reimbursement basis* as a result of the emergency declaration of March 13, 2020 for:
- Costs associated with frequent deep cleaning/sanitization services to help prevent potential exposure to COVID-19 when companies have to remain open
- Purchase of software or computer applications so employees can work from home/remotely in order to support social distancing and limit potential exposure and spread of COVID-19
- Funding to purchase necessary equipment needed to make social distancing possible
- Related costs to add additional shifts so companies can continue to operate
- Purchase of laptops and related expenses so employees can telework
*Please note if reimbursement creates a financial hardship, please contact your local Workforce Center, Business Representatives for alternate options.
Grant funding may not be used for:
- Food and beverages
- Branding and marketing projects, including website development
- Indirect administrative costs
- Politically related activities
- Fines and penalties
- Fundraising activities
- Individual memberships and subscriptions
Funding is intended to support Wyoming’s economy and vitality during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding will be paid out by DWS, as the fiscal agent. Grant funding should be reasonable and necessary for implementing layoff aversion strategies to assist Wyoming businesses.