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Capitol Update: Small Business Grant Applications Now Available

Posted on November 13, 2020 by admin


I would like to provide a quick update on the following items related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Applications now available for CT CARES Small Business Grant Program
  • Two states added to tri-state travel advisory
  • DPH provides new guidance for youth/recreational sports activities

CT CARES Applications Now Available

The CT CARES Small Business Grant Program is now accepting applications. Businesses and nonprofits with 20 or fewer employees OR annual payroll of less than $1.5 million as of 12/31/2019 are eligible to apply.

The one-time, $5,000 grants will be distributed through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) from an available total of $50 million. This means only 10,000 organizations will receive a grant.

All funds will be distributed to approved applicants by December 30, 2020.

If your business meets the criteria, please apply here as soon as possible.

Grants can be used for:

  • Payroll
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Inventory
  • Purchase of Machinery and/or Equipment
  • Compliance costs for CT Reopen Business Sector Rules

Which small businesses/nonprofits ARE eligible?

  • Those with 20 or fewer full-time employees OR annual payroll of less than $1.5 million as of 12/31/19
  • Those with 20% or more loss in revenue year to date as of September 30, 2020 compared with the same period in 2019
  • Those who were established by October 1, 2019 and still are active
  • Those who have passed a Department of Revenue Services (DRS) tax status review. To avoid potential delays in processing your application check your DRS status here
  • Home-based businesses and Sole Proprietors
  • Those who already received federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and/or CT Bridge loans are still eligible

Ineligible businesses/nonprofits: 

  • Medical marijuana
  • Liquor stores and alcohol distributors
  • Adult businesses such as strip clubs
  • Vape retailers
  • Tobacco shops and smoking lounges
  • Businesses having to do with gambling
  • Gun stores and ranges
  • Cash advance, check cashing, or pawn shops
  • Bail bonds
  • Collection agencies or services
  • Auction or bankruptcy or fire or “lost-our-lease” or “going-out-of-business” or similar sale
  • Arts/cultural organizations that have already applied for CARES grants

If you have additional questions, call the DECD hotline at (860) 500-2333 or email You can also visit

Updated Travel Advisory

As of November 3, New Hampshire and Maine have been added to the tri-state travel advisory created by Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. No states have been removed since last week.

Here are the states/territories that are NOT on the list at this time:

  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Vermont
  • Washington, D.C.

For more information about the tri-state advisory, including a full list of states with a high infection rate, please click here.

Public Health Guidance for Sports

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has updated its guidance for sports activities deemed low, moderate, and high risk. See below for a chart detailing which activities are advisable as we enter the winter months.

You can also visit DPH’s website for more guidance on interscholastic, youth, and other amateur sport activities during the COVID-19 pandemic: Click Here