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. 

 

A full Notice of Funding Availability under Round 1 of this Program can be found here: 
NOFA PDF

 

Grant Size: $1M to $10M per project.

 

Available Funding (Round 1):  DECD will release between $20 and $50 million in this competitive round.  The remaining available funds that are not awarded will be made available along with other authorized funds for Round 2.

 

Schedule (Round 1)

 Monday, Oct 18 2021   Application/ NOFA Available
 Friday, Dec 3, 2021    Intent to Apply Form   
 Friday, Jan 14, 2022    Application Deadline  
 March- April 2022 (Tentative)       Announcement of Awards      

The schedule for Round 2 will be announced at a future 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.

 

How to Apply:

Larger attachments can be shared via a cloud-share link (such as Dropbox), provided it does not require DECD staff to create a new account to access the files.  Alternatively, please contact CTCommunitiesChallenge@ct.gov and a secure sharefile-folder (cloud-based provision) will be sent to you, where you will be able to upload the files.

 

Municipal Certification of Eligibility for Discretionary State Funding

Please be sure to fill out the correct Municipal Certification of Eligibility for Discretionary State Funding (required for the application) for this program with your application

 

FAQ:

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

 

Office Hours:

DECD will be hosting "drop-in" office hours to answer additional questions about the Connecticut Communities Challenge on November 16th, from 2-5:00 P.M. ET.  At that time, you can join the Microsoft TEAMS meeting via this link.

 

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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