CT Communities Challenge Grant

Overview

The Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) is undertaking a competitive grant application process to fund multiple projects under the CT Communities Challenge Grant Program in an effort to improve livability, vibrancy, convenience and appeal of communities throughout the state.  The Program is intended to potentially create approximately 3,000 new jobs.  It is DECD’s goal to allocate up to 50% of the funds to eligible and competitive projects in distressed municipalities. Successful projects will likely include multiple of the below elements:
  • Transit-oriented development that densifies commercial and/or residential land uses near transit hubs,
  • Downtown / major hub development that improves or reuses existing property (Brownfields remediation may be a component of such application)
  • Essential infrastructure that facilitates future development
  • Housing to support affordability, accessibility and local workforce,
  • Mobility improvements that increase connectivity to transit and promotes economic activity, including pedestrian, ADA, and bicycle improvements
  • Public space improvements that provide amenities to the community, including open spaces, public art projects, wayfinding, and lighting and safety improvements
Other projects that can demonstrate livability, vibrancy, convenience and appeal of communities throughout the state are also eligible, provided it is shown that there are no other dedicated funds for these projects under other currently offered state or federal programs. DECD invites municipalities, economic development agencies and regional council of governments to apply for the grant program.  DECD encourages public-private partnerships.  Eligible entities are welcome to partner with one or more private developers, business organizations, other institutions or each other, to submit an Application. 

 

News & Announcements:

NEW:  April 6, 2022 – Governor Lamont’s announcement – Round 1 Awardees (direct link to be added asap).

Grant Size: $1M to $10M per project.

 

Schedule (Round 2)

Please note that DECD is not accepting applications at this time.  Round 1 is closed.  The schedule for Round 2 will be announced at a future date.  The Application Material for Round 2 will be available at a later date. 

 

Eligible Applicants:

Municipalities, economic development agencies and regional councils of governments are eligible to be the primary applicants for this Program.  DECD encourages public-private partnerships.  Eligible entities are welcome to partner with one or more of the following types of organizations: private developers, business organizations, other institutions or each other to submit an Application.

 

FAQ:

DECD has published a list of frequently asked questions and will periodically update the FAQ based on inquiries received. 

 

Contact:

Questions regarding the Application should be addressed to CTCommunitiesChallenge@ct.gov.  Any clarification or supplemental information will be added to this webpage. 

 

Mailing List:

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