The Wyoming Business Council has issued the first payments to Wyoming-based businesses and nonprofits that applied for the COVID-19 Business Relief Program’s Relief Fund. The Relief Fund is one of three funds created by the Wyoming Legislature in May to distribute $325-million in federal CARES Act dollars to small businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Relief Fund has $50-million set aside for businesses and nonprofits required to close by public health order and an additional $135-million available to cover COVID-19 related expenses and direct or indirect losses due to public health orders. Of the $92-million approved to date, $35.7-million has been paid to 531 applicants from the Relief Fund. Successful applicants of the Interruption Fund, which closed on July 2, received payment within 21 business days from the start of the review process. Applicants can check the status of their application by clicking on the “Apply Here” button and logging into their account at www.wyobizrelief.org.