Grants and Financial Assistance
Below is a list of active funding opportunities administered by DEEP. For more information on a specific program, please click the grant title link.
Current Funding Opportunities:
Air | Broadband | Energy | Open Space | Outdoor Recreation | Sustainable Materials Management | Water
Diesel Emission Reduction Act 2022 Solicitation
This year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is allocating to Connecticut a minimum of $355,242, authorized under the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), for projects to reduce diesel pollution in the state. In addition, DEEP has reserved the opportunity to more than double its DERA allocation using funds available through the “DERA Option” under Connecticut’s Volkswagen Mitigation Program (VW Program); this could increase the total to as much as $1,188,612. DEEP is seeking grant proposals from municipalities, organizations, and businesses for diesel emissions reduction projects that are environmentally and economically beneficial, can be initiated promptly, and will be completed by August 31, 2023. Information on the webinar and guidance on the 2022 state DERA project proposals can be found at this link.
Application Deadline: November 30, 2022
Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a U.S. government benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more by providing a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households.
Application Deadline: Rolling Deadline
Contact: ACP Support Center | (877) 384-2575 | ACPSupport@usac.org
State Energy Program
Federal grant from US DOE which can be used to fund projects which promote energy efficiency, energy security, or environmentally friendly economic growth. Typical annual funding around $700k. No maximum individual award limit. Projects are selected by DEEP in alignment with goals of the Comprehensive Energy Strategy.
Application Deadline: Annually, in April
Contact: DEEP BETP | DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov
Weatherization Assistance Program
Federal grant from US DOE to address weatherization and health and safety issues in homes for low-income residents. Annual funding of about $3.7 million. Roughly 80% of funds are passed through to local community action agencies who administer the program at the ground level. Eligibility for customers is 60% SMI.
Application Deadline: Annually, in May
Contact: Kyle Ellsworth | Kyle.Ellsworth@ct.gov | (860) 827-2856
CT Recreational Trails
CTDEEP is now accepting proposals for the State’s Recreational Trails Program Grants. Authorized in the state budget, this grant round makes $9 million available, and applications will be accepted through March 1, 2023. Any private nonprofit organizations, municipalities, state departments, and tribal governments may apply.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023
Contact: Kimberly Bradley, CTDEEP trail & Greenways | firstname.lastname@example.org | (860) 424-3938
Regional Waste Authority (RWA) Grant Program
DEEP has announced the availability of $1.5 million in state grant funding through the Sustainable Materials Management Grant Program to help municipalities and regional waste authorities evaluate interest and identify governance to form new or expand existing regional waste authorities and engage in planning activities for diversion programs and infrastructure development.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2023 5:00 pm
Beverage Container Recycling Grant Program
The grant program will support the establishment of beverage container redemption centers in urban centers and environmental justice communities. Preference will be given to locally-owned, minority-owned, and/or women-owned business applicants, and first-time redemption center owners and new redemption centers. Business owners, municipalities, and regional councils of government are eligible to apply. Awards must be used for purposes including infrastructure, technology, and costs associated with the establishment of a beverage container redemption center and for initial operational expenses of the redemption center.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from January 1, 2022 to October 3, 2022
DEEP Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants
Grants are awarded for projects that address Nonpoint Source impacts in surface waters including creation and implementation of approved Watershed Based Plans. Typical maximum awards are under $500,000 from a total available of approximately $1.2 million. Proposals may be submitted by any interested public or private organization.
Application Deadline: Annually
Grants for the Control of Aquatic Invasive Species
Grant funding opportunity for municipalities, stage agencies, and not-for-profit organizations to conduct control/management projects, research projects, and education and outreach projects related to aquatic invasive species and cyanobacteria.
Application Deadline: January 6, 2023
Contact: Email questions to DEEP.AISGrants@ct.gov before December 12, 2022
Content last updated November, 2022.