We know many Connecticut businesses are struggling as they deal with the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate their perseverance and know they share our commitment to keeping our residents healthy. The state, working with its federal partners, has several programs and initiatives in place to assist businesses during this difficult period. For specific questions related to small business, email the Joint Information Center at COVID19.JIC@ct.gov, or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333. Individuals can call 2-1-1 for more information.

Funding Opportunities

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  • Bioscience Innovation Fund

    Learn about financing opportunities to help commercialize biotech breakthroughs from this $200 million fund.

  • Brownfields Remediation

    Explore this one-stop resource to learn more about all the different types of support available to promote brownfield redevelopment in Connecticut.

  • Crowdfunding

    Connect to CTNext for ways Connecticut can help you drive your business to the next level through crowdfunding.

  • Energy Asssistance

    Review a variety of incentive programs that may be able to assist your business with energy conservation and energy cost management.

  • Federal Financial Resources

    Let the Connecticut Small Business Development Center help you explore federal financial resources available to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

  • Lending Partners

    Discover funding opportunities from state, federal and private lending programs.

  • Manufacturing Assistance Act

    Discover powerful state incentives and technical support through this landmark piece of legislation.

  • Manufacturing Innovation Fund

    Get targeted assistance for a wide range of industries via this $75 million state fund.

  • Manufacturing Innovation Fund Apprenticeship Program

    Supports a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction for apprentices in Connecticut’s manufacturing industry.

  • Manufacturing Innovation Fund Voucher Program - MVP

    Access financial assistance for eligible manufacturers in the form of a matching grant from $5,000 to a maximum of $50,000.

  • Minority Business Funding

    Learn about a special loan fund and other resources that enhance access to capital for minority businesses.

  • Pre-Seed Financing

    Learn how early-stage companies can obtain up to $150,000 in funding through Connecticut Innovations.

  • Small Business Express

    Get details on funding options and business development services for small businesses.

  • State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

    Learn about assistance designed to help Connecticut’s small business community thrive in the global marketplace by increasing the value of small business exports.

  • Technology Talent Fund

    Explore this $10 million fund as a resource for both workers and employers to ensure Connecticut has the workforce talent needed to fuel growth in its tech sectors.