Innovation Corridor Grant

Overview

DECD is undertaking a competitive grant application process for two or more transformational, place-making projects in major urban areas or regional economic centers (the “Projects”).  The Projects are designed to facilitate the creation of at least 15,000 new jobs in data science, advanced manufacturing, insurance technology (“insure-tech”), or other high-growth industries.  Approved Projects may include those which:

  • Leverage partnerships with local businesses, universities, and not-for-profit institutions to maximize investment;
  • Attract and develop talent in major urban centers or regional job hubs;
  • Support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; and
  • Ensure local improvements through community benefit agreements

DECD invites municipalities to submit an application in conjunction and coordination with stakeholders that may include private businesses and developers, post-secondary educational institutions, and philanthropic or other not-for-profit entities, demonstrating a public/private partnership.


A full Notice of Funding Availability can be found here: 
Link to NOFA PDF


Grant Size:
Up to $50M per project and up to $100M in total.

 

Schedule:

Friday, Oct 15, 2021                                        Application/NOFA Available

Friday, November 19, 2021                            Deadline for Intent to Apply

Friday, March 4, 2022                                     Deadline for Applications

April - May 2022 (Tentative)                            Announcement of Awards

 

Eligible Applicants:
Eligible applicants are consortia which (a) MUST comprise a Municipality, as defined by C.G.S Section 32-760(12), and (b) MAY include any of the following types of entities:  private businesses and developers, post-secondary educational institutions, and philanthropic or other not-for-profit entities.  All applicants must provide proof of access to the site, site control or path to site control. 

 

How to Apply:

  • Step 1: Submit the Intent to Apply Form to InnovationCorridor@ct.gov by 3:00 PM on Friday, November 19, 2021.
    Link to Intent to Apply PDF

     

  • Step 2: Submit your completed application materials (electronic format) to InnovationCorridor@ct.gov by 3:00 PM on Friday, March 4, 2022.
    Link to Grant Application Form PDF

 

Larger attachments that cannot be sent via email, can be shared via a cloud-share link (such as Dropbox) to the above listed address, provided it does not require DECD staff to create a new account to access the files.  If you do not have a cloud-share link, please contact InnovationCorridor@ct.gov.

 

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 this FAQ based on inquiries received.

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

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