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Small businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut with a 20 or fewer full-time employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million can apply for a one-time grant of $5,000 from the state.
The state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is administering the program, which has a total of $50 million to distribute from the federal CARES Act. Online applications will be available beginning Monday, November 9, and will be open for just one week. The entire $50 million is expected to be disbursed by the end of the year.
For information, including eligibility requirements, click here.
You can also view this recorded Zoom Q&A session, in which DECD staff answer questions about the program.
Today marked the return of more strict rules for businesses and individuals after a resurgence of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Connecticut. Gov. Ned Lamont has pulled back from the Phase 3 reopening protocols to what he is calling Phase 2.1, a slightly modified version of the Phase 2 reopening rules.
You can read Lamont's Executive Order No. 9K here.
You can also read the state Department of Economic & Community Development's rules for reopening here.
In brief, the rules allow restaurants and cafes no more than 50% occupancy inside (it had been 75%), and to close for inside and outdoor dining by 10 p.m. (They can still do curbside pickup and delivery beyond that time.)
Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno on Tuesday announced that the state is opening a second round of funding under the Temporary Rental Housing Assistance Program (TRHAP) to applicants seeking assistance with residential rent payments delayed by financial stress related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In this round, the program will, for the first time, accept applications directly from small landlords.
TRHAP provides landlords with up to $4,000 in rental assistance on behalf of approved tenants. During the first round, more than $2.2 million in residential rent relief was distributed to landlords on behalf of 826 households. The program had been paused for intake late in the summer after receiving overwhelming interest and demand.
Lamont has allocated $40 million of federal CARES Act money to the program, which is administered by the state Department of Housing in cooperation with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) and 11 housing counseling agencies across the state.
In addition to the $40 million TRHAP, the Lamont administration is supporting tenants, landlords, and homeowners by
“Ensuring access to safe and secure housing is a critical public health component of controlling the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and the need for financial relief on behalf of both tenants and landlords is significant,” Lamont said. “This pandemic has caused widespread housing concerns in all corners of our country, which is why I have been stressing to federal officials that we need to expand this type of assistance even further. Stable housing is a vital component of getting our economy moving again, ensuring access to school, and protecting the health of our neighborhoods.”
In September, Governor Lamont directed several administrative changes to be made with the program that will expedite payments to those in need. The Department of Housing has worked with CHFA and the housing counseling agencies to streamline the application process, increase the number of staff processing applications, and create a web platform to accept applications from renters.
“The implementation of the programmatic redesign has allowed to increase our processing time and get assistance to individuals and families faster,” Commissioner Mosquera-Bruno said. “We have reached out to stakeholders and municipalities with new information explaining the changes to the program and the intake reopening. We are asking landlords and tenants to continue to work collaboratively so that tenants can remain housed and landlords can stay above water financially.”
To apply for TRHAP, visit the Department of Housing’s website at ct.gov/doh. The website includes a status lookup tool providing applicants with information on the status of their application. It is updated once per week, and applicants must provide an email address with their unique ID to look up their status. In addition, an applicant’s record must be accepted in order for there to be a unique ID assignment and a valid status.
It's hard to believe anyone could be unaware by now that tomorrow is Election Day. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people in Connecticut have already voted by absentee ballot.
For those who have not yet voted, tomorrow is the day. We hope you plan to vote, that you know where your polling place is, and that you plan to wear a mask, keep socially distant and bring your own pen (black or blue ink).
We also hope you have taken some time to familiarize yourself with the candidates -- not just for president, but for Congress, the state Senate and state House of Representatives -- and with any initiatives that may be on the ballot in your town.
If you need information, you can find a wealth of it on the Secretary of the State's website here. The "Elections Voting Home Page" offers information including how to stay safe at the polls and town-by-town sample ballots. It also offers links to check whether you are registered to vote and where to cast your ballot in person in your district.
I probably don't have to tell you that this an important and significant election, and I hope I don't have to motivate you to get out and vote. Instead, I will thank you for participating in this election and meeting your civic responsibility.
Good luck to all the candidates!
The state has a new grant program specifically intended for manufacturers:
The REV-Up! Connecticut Back to Work program.
This program, administered through the CT Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), provides wage subsidies and the design & support of a customized training plan for employees.
The program is time sensitive – it is only available through December 30, 2020.
Some highlights of the REV-Up! program include:
If you have questions, please contact CCAT’s Ed Marinko at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 291-8832.
REV-Up! Connecticut Program Information
The REV-Up! Connecticut Back to Work program will drive immediate impact in the manufacturing industry by re-engaging manufacturing talent and upskilling workers with the Industry 4.0 technology skills of the future. The focus of the REV-Up! program will be up-skilling in high demand competencies such as Quality, Inspection and Industry 4.0 Technologies. The REV-Up! Program, through CCAT, will administer a wage reimbursement to help mitigate employer training costs. All interested employers will work with REV-Up Training Team to design and support completion of a training plan specific to the upskilling required for the hire of the jobseeker.
Employer is a CT located Manufacturing or Allied Service Provider Company(Allied Service Providers only include companies that physically interact with a manufactured good to alter the product - for example industrial Heat Treaters and industrial Platers).
Initial Application Submission & Process Considerations
Training Consultation and Design