Wyoming's Office of Outdoor Recreation announced the launch of the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Grant Program to award funding to public outdoor recreation projects throughout the state in July of 2022. These funds were made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, and the Wyoming Office of Tourism in 2022.
The office recieved 117 pre-applications from local, county, state, and tribal governments, as well as non-profit organizations across the state for a total of over $71 million dollars in requested funding. Unfortunately, federal regulations and criteria were much more restrictive than initially thought, and numerous projects were unable to qualify for the first round of funding.
On November 1st, 2023, the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation launched the second round of applications for the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Grant Program. In this round, applicants will need to complete an application and a risk assessment form and provide the necessary documentation and information to apply for funding. Applicants must demonstrate how the project will address impacts experienced by the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrate the need for outdoor recreation infrastructure that the community closest to the project location will best benefit from. These communities include Disproportionately Impacted Communities, Qualified Census Tracts, and the Wind River Reservation. The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office has built a GIS map to allow applicants to identify areas of the state where project work can occur.
Funds are available to local, county, state, and tribal governments as well as non-profit organizations across the state. Projects over $750,000 will require a discussion with the grant coordinator before the application is submitted. There is no match requirement, but preference will be given to projects that can provide a match.
- ‘23/’24 WORG Application opens: November 1st, 2023 at 8:00 am MT
- ‘23/’23 WORG Application closes: January 26th, 2024 at 5:00 pm MT
- ‘23/’24 WORG Award Announcement: Spring 2024
- Full Application in Portal
- Eligibility Review
- State Budget Office
- Attorney General
- Governor's Office
- Contracting & Award Notification
- Project Work Begins
- Quarterly Reports & Reimbursements
- Final Project Close Out
WORG Eligibility GIS Map:
The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office has built a GIS map to allow applicants to identify areas of the state where project work can occur.
2022/2023 WORG Program Awardees:
In fall of 2023, four applications across the state of Wyoming were awarded funds through the WORG program. These projects include:
- Albany County Board of Commissioners/ Pilot Hill Inc. - Pilot Hill Trailhead
Albany County, WY
Awarded - $1,000,000
Project Description: This project creates sustainable access to the 4,000-acre recreation area and adjoining 3,100-acre wildlife habitat management area (WHMA) for residents and visitors of all ages, physical abilities, and socio-economic statuses. The recreation corridor serves runners, hikers, and bikers while providing equestrian access to the riding corridor into the WHMA.
- City of Laramie - Laramie Bike Park
Albany County, WY
Project Description: Funding will be used to construct a bike park located a quick bike ride from the Jacoby Ridge, Schoolyard, and Pilot Hill trail systems in Laramie, WY. The completed park will feature dirt jumps, pump tracks, tech lines, loops, gravity directional trails, restroom facilities, maintenance stations, parking, and seating.
- Shoshone and Arapaho Fish & Game - St Lawrence Trail Rehabilitation
Wind River Reservation
Amount Awarded: $72,010
Project Description: Funding will be used to rehabilitate approximately 61.6 miles of trail within the Wind River Reservation. The remote nature of the trail will require a Tribal horse packer to transport equipment and food to support the trail work.
- Town of Shoshoni - Shoshoni Heritage Rail-Trail Trailhead
Fremont County, WY
Project Description: This project creates a trailhead access point for the Wyoming Heritage Trail, a Rails to Trails, that spans 22 miles from Shoshoni to Riverton. This will provide an easy, accessible, and free recreation alternative to the citizens of Fremont County.
Brynn Hirschman, OREC Coordinator