Barrasso, Lummis & Gordon Release Agenda for WY Federal Funding Summit

May 30, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators John Barrasso & Cynthia Lummis (both R-WY) and Governor Mark Gordon unveiled the full agenda for their upcoming Wyoming Federal Funding Summit. They also announced that the University of Wyoming is joining the summit as a presenting partner. The summit is a first of its kind event providing free professional instruction, access to agency representatives and various resources to help localities, counties and non-government organizations (NGOs) apply for, secure and manage federal funds.  

The University of Wyoming is supporting the four-day summit to allow for free attendance for all participants. Additional support is being provided by the Office of Governor Mark Gordon, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, the Wyoming Association of Municipalities, the Wyoming Business Council, and Sheridan College. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also assisting with the summit and federal panels.

“We are incredibly grateful to all of our partners for working with us to provide this free training and summit for communities, non-profits and businesses across Wyoming,” said Senators Barrasso and Lummis and Governor Gordon. “Providing an event of this magnitude with real world training and access to federal funding agencies takes the help of many partners and we very much appreciate the University of Wyoming along with the support of the Department of Workforce Services, Department of Environmental Quality, the Wyoming Association of Municipalities, the Wyoming Business Council and Sheridan College.” 

The Wyoming Federal Funding Summit will be held in Sheridan, Wyoming. The grant writing intensive will take place on June 12th and 13th. Space is very limited for the writing portion of the course, so organizations are encouraged to register as soon as possible and only send one representative to this course. The federal funding overview and seminar will take place on June 14th and 15th. All sessions are free and open to the public, but prior registration is required. If interested in attending, but unable to come in person, there will be a virtual option for people to attend both the grant course and federal funding summit.  

In addition to the federal grant writing and management workshop, there will be additional panels and discussions on Infrastructure, Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act funding, technical assistance and grant management and an open house with federal agency representatives where participants will have the opportunity to bring them their projects, questions and ideas. Representatives from the U.S. Economic Development Authority, the Department of Housing & Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Small Business Administration, USDA Rural Development and various state partners and agencies will be in attendance. 

A full event agenda can be found here and below. While Senator Barrasso and Senator Lummis did not support final passage of the Infrastructure, Investment & Jobs Act or the Inflation Reduction Act, both senators are committed to ensuring Wyoming communities and citizens have fair access to the programs their tax dollars are helping to fund.  

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U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis & Governor Mark Gordon


2023 Federal Funding Summit & Grant Seminar

Identifying & Securing Federal Funding Opportunities Sheridan College Whitney Center for the Arts1 Whitney Way, Sheridan, WY

Monday-Thursday; June 12th -15th, 2023 

*Registration now open at 


Monday, June 12th and Tuesday June 13th

Federal Grant Writing & Management Seminar facilitated by MC2 Collaborative David Piantanida, Media Officer/Congressional Liaison, U.S. EPA Region 8 Public Affairs

(Certificate eligible with full course attendance)


Initiating the grant seeking process and identifying funders can be overwhelming. The MC2 Collaborative grant training program is designed to help individuals and organizations navigate complex grant-seeking processes and identify potential funders. Through collaborative discussion and group think-tank exercises, participants will learn to think like a grant strategist rather than a grant writer. 

This practical, hands-on training will improve any level of understanding of the grant and federal funding process, drive development of grant proposals, and refine project goals with reverse-document-engineering. MC2’s team of trainers will help participants identify and resolve project gaps by putting new and existing knowledge into practice.

Monday, June 12th

8:15 am: Summit Kickoff & “Setting the Stage”   

Kathy Lenz, Resource & Economic Development Manager for U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis                                               

8:20-8:30 am:

Welcome from Renny MacKay, Senior Policy Director for Governor Mark Gordon         

8:30-8:45 am: Federal Grant Writing and Management Seminar Overview

Introductions and Overview from MC2 Collaborative                          

8:45-9:15 am: Federal Funders & How to Find Them

MC2 Collaborative 

9:15-9:45am: Anatomy of a Proposal & Why it Matters

MC2 Collaborative 

9:45-10:00 am: Break 

10:00-10:30 am: RFP Basics – Global Perspective with Inclusive Thinking

MC2 Collaborative 

10:30-11:00 am: The Statement of Need and the Significance of the Problem

MC2 Collaborative 

11:00-11:30 am: Research: Content Building Narratives

MC2 Collaborative 

11:30-12:00 pm: Group Exercise and Project Co-Horts

MC2 Collaborative 

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch (provided onsite with registration) 

1:15-1:45 pm: Logic Models and Consistent Methodologies

MC2 Collaborative 

1:45-2:15 pm: Measured Outcomes: Metrics that Matter

MC2 Collaborative 

2:15-2:30 pm: Break 

2:30-3:00 pm: SMART Goals: Data Collection Plan

MC2 Collaborative 

3:00-3:30 pm: Monitor, Evaluate and Report: Impacts

MC2 Collaborative 

3:30-4:30 pm: MC2 Staff Office Hours

Bring your projects, bring your questions and talk individually with the MC2 team! 

4:30 pm: Summit concludes for the day 

Tuesday, June 13th

Day 2 of Federal Grant Writing & Management Seminar with MC2 Collaborative 

8:30 – 9:15 am: Research: Effective and Efficient Content

MC2 Collaborative 

9:15-10:15 am: Cohesive Grant and Organizational Capacity

MC2 Collaborative 

10:15-10:45 am: Demonstrations of Capacity: Reverse Engineering

MC2 Collaborative 

10:45-11:00 am: Break 

11:00-12:00 pm: Gap-Documents: Tools, Techniques and Technical Assistance

MC2 Collaborative 

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch (provided onsite with registration) 

1:15-1:45 pm: DEI&A: Proving Inclusive Thinking – Coordinate & Collaborate

MC2 Collaborative 

1:45-2:30 pm: Evaluation and Scoring: “The ONE POINT difference”

MC2 Collaborative 

2:30-3:15 pm: Group Exercise and Project Co-Horts

MC2 Collaborative 

3:00-3:30 pm: Wrap-Up, Closing and Certificates of Completion

MC2 Collaborative 

3:30-4:30 pm: MC2 Staff Office Hours

Bring your projects, bring your questions and talk individually with the MC2 team! 

4:30 pm: Summit concludes for the day 

Wednesday, June 14th   

8:30-8:45 am: Welcome & “Setting the Stage” for Second Half of Seminar

Dr. Walt Tribley, President of Sheridan CollegeKathy Lenz, Resource & Economic Development Manager for U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis 

8:45-9:00 am: Remarks from U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis & Governor Mark Gordon

Video remarks 

9:00-12:00 pm:  Infrastructure, Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) Funding & Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Opportunities Overview

Beth Blackwell, Grants & Loans Manager, Office of State Lands & InvestmentsKeenan Hendon, Water and Wastewater Section Manager, Wyoming DEQStan Miller, SRF Principal EngineerShawn King, SRF Program ManagerDale Lee, Northeast Assistant District EngineerThe Infrastructure, Investment & Jobs Act was signed into law in November 2021 and included $550 billion for new infrastructure projects, including roads and bridges, rail, transit, airports, electric grid, water systems and broadband. In Wyoming, the IIJA funding is distributed by the State Lands & Investment Board through the State Revolving Funds. Learn from State Lands & Investment Board and Federal Agency leadership about current funding opportunities and how to pursue them.* 

12:00 pm: Lunch (provided onsite with registration) 

1:00pm-4pm: WY Interagency Working Group (IWG) Federal Panel on IRA and IIJA Funding

Participants from U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); Mark Feilmeier, State Director, Trent Lofts, Program Analyst,  Wyoming Field Office for U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD); Glenn Pauley, State Director, Adam Anderson, Community Programs Loan Specialist, Miles Benzel Business Programs Loan Specialist, Kim Johnson, Single Family Housing Loan Technician, Jessica Taylor, Single-Family Housing Director for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA Rural Development); Kelly Watkins, Chief of Staff, Region 8, Jon Grosshans, Senior Advisor, Carolyn Bryan, Regional Planner, Region 8, Ben Bents, Manager, Water Division,  Region 8, Barbara Benoy, Brownfields Project Manager, Region 8  for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Katie Baum, Hazard Mitigation Specialist, BRIC Technical Assistance Team Lead, Region 8, Kyle McCormick, Hazard Mitigation Specialist, BRIC Technical Assistance, Region 8 for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Aaron Pratt, economic Development Representative for U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA); Kate Gordon, Senior Advisor to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)Moderator: Dru Palmer, DRU Consulting

  • 1:00-1:15 pm: Overview of IWG with Dru Palmer, WY Governor’s Office and Mark Smith, EPA’s Deputy Regional Administrator Region 8 Office (Denver)
  • 1:20-2:05 pm: Energy opportunities, speakers TBA
  • 2:05-2:15 pm: Break
  • 2:15-3:00 pm: Infrastructure opportunities, speakers TBA
  • 3:00-3:10 pm: Break
  • 3:10-3:55 pm: Workforce opportunities, speakers TBA
  • 4:00 pm: Summit concludes for the day

Thursday, June 15th

8:15 am: Report from Washington

Brief updates from the office of U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis 

8:30-10:45 am:  Technical Assistance, Partnership, and Problem-Solving with DOT, HUD, USDA RD, EPA Water & EPA Brownfields & FEMA

Learn about specific technical assistance available to meet your needs. Partners providing services in WY can provide more than funding.

  • 8:30-9:30 am: Federal partners
  • 8:30-8:50 am: Energy
  • 8:50-9:10 am: Infrastructure 
  • 9:10-9:30 am: Workforce
  • 9:30-9:45 am: Break
  • 9:45-10:45 am: State Partners Discussion with Amber Power, Community Leadership and Engagement, Brandi Harlow, Northeast Regional Director for Wyoming Business Council (WBC); Beth Blackwell, Grants and Loans Manager for the Office of State Lands and Investments (SLIB); Janet Jares, Grants Specialist, Outdoor Recreation Office and Division of Wyoming State Parks and Trails; Christina Nelson, Neighborhood Project Specialist 1, Kaycee Hurless, Neighborhood Development Officer for Wyoming Community Development Authority (WCDA); John Davis, Management Services Manager, Ali Ragan, Grants and Contracts Policy Manager, Kacey Brown, Management Services Senior Policy Analyst for Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT); University of Wyoming

10:45-11:00 am:

Break 11:00-12:30 pm: Importance of Planning, Procedures, Policy and Grant “Do’s & Don’ts”

Panel discussion with Wyoming planners and grant writing experts Dr. Susan Bigelow, President, Bigelow Grant Writing Services, LLC, Mary Crosby, Grant Proposal Writer, Lincoln County, Kristin Young, Grants Management Specialist, Campbell County, Angela Parker, AICP, Wyoming Planning Association (WYOPASS), President, Clara Chaffin, Community Development Director, City of Douglas. Moderated by Lisa Mueller, MC2 Collaborative.Learn the importance of developing a solid plan for projects before applying for grants. Longtime Wyoming grant application specialists explain how to craft a winning grant application and develop policies and processes to manage grants after the award.  

12:30 PM-3:00 pm: Lunch & Open House with Federal Agencies – Bring your questions, projects and ideas!

Onsite lunch included with registration.Representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA Rural Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water, EPA’s Brownfields Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) as well as state partners will be available to discuss individual projects and answer questions.Each agency will have a table and summit participants can pick any agency to meet with for 15 minutes. Please limit to three agencies, if possible, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to visit with their agency of choice.

  • 12:30-1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00 pm: Open House/Round Robin with Agencies
    • 1:00-1:15 pm: Round 1
    • 1:20-1:35 pm: Round 2
    • 1:40-1:55 pm: Round 3
    • 2:00-2:15 pm: Round 4
    • 2:20-2:35 pm: Round 5
    • 2:40-2:55 pm: Round 6

3:00 pm: Summit concludes


* While Senator Barrasso and Senator Lummis did not support final passage of the Infrastructure, Investment & Jobs Act or the Inflation Reduction Act, both Senators are committed to ensuring Wyoming communities and citizens have fair access to the programs their tax dollars are helping to fund. 

Thank you to our partners and sponsors:

Office of Governor Mark Gordon

University of Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services 

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality 

Wyoming Association of Municipalities

Wyoming Business Council

Sheridan College