GREEN RIVER (WNE) — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted residents and businesses throughout the state, but some of the hardest impacts have been seen with some nonprofit organizations.

For the Muley Fanatic Foundation, $250,000 it received in CARES Act funding from the Wyoming Business Council will go a long way in helping the organization maintain its commitment to promoting mule deer conservation.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been dire to MFF and our efforts to further the mission,” MFF cofounder Josh Coursey said. “The backbone to our operation and the unique funding model we are built upon is dependent on memberships, chapter banquets and fundraising efforts.”

Like most events, the MFF’s banquets were canceled because of the pandemic and fears of spreading COVID-19 amongst members. In total, the organization was forced to cancel 11 events throughout the year including its Mansface Mountain Music Festival, a festival hosted on Expedition Island for the past two years.

The funding the organization received comes from the Endurance Fund, a CARES Act program administered by the Wyoming Business Council. The program was originally designed to help the state’s farmers and ranchers with COVID-19 related impacts and expenses, but was opened to some nonprofits.

The amount the MFF received was the maximum amount that could be awarded.

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that the MFF received money from an agricultural relief program.

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