With more than $8,829.00 million dollars in grants and additional local government funding sources of $6,759.00 million dollars, the majority of the federal budget in government grants is put into the business sector every year as small businesses and large corporations are the foundation of the economic growth in Connecticut. There are 73,515 business establishments in the state of Connecticut, and they break down to the following:

Connecticut Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 41,737 registered businesses in Connecticut have 0 to 4 employees. People who work at home with sole proprietorship are included in this breakdown.
  • 13,006 registered businesses in Connecticut have 5 to 9 employees.
  • 8,036 registered businesses in Connecticut have 10-19 employees.
  • 6,794 registered businesses in Connecticut have 20-99 employees.
  • 1,873 registered businesses in Connecticut have 100 to 499 employees.
  • Over 2,069 registered businesses in Connecticut have over 500 employees.

Connecticut Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • 9,806 registered businesses in Connecticut are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
  • 5,494 registered businesses in Connecticut are in the Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector.
  • 7,930 registered businesses in Connecticut are in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.
  • More than 9,318 registered businesses in Connecticut are also service orientated businesses but are not categorized to the above sectors.

If you are in the farming industry, you may be eligible to apply for small business grants as well. There are more than 5,000 farms in the state of Connecticut.

Starting and managing a small business in Connecticut is not an easy task. Over $78,026,725,000.00 US dollars are paid to employee salaries/payroll alone in the state of Connecticut and more than 11,268 businesses declare bankruptcy every single year. Although the federal government does not publically provide grants for starting and expanding a business, in Connecticut, some small business grants are given to business owners to start and grow their ventures, and grant recipients do not have to pay back the funding from government. Therefore, it makes sense to look into small business grants as one of your sources to fund your business.

To apply for business grants in Connecticut, contact Connecticut financial aid agencies.

Recent State Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities recently published in the local state:

Funding Number Funding Title
USDA NRCS CT CIG 21 NOFO0001068 Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Conservation Innovation Grants Connecticut State Program National Funding Opportunity
HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R01 1857 Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- The Cities of Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Berlin, Connecticut
USDA NRCS CIG CT CIG 20 GEN0010790 NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 – CONNECTICUT
HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R01 1767 Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- The City of Bridgeport, the towns of Stratford, Fairfield, Easton, Trumbull, and Monroe within Fairfield County, Connecticut
HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R01 1746 Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Middlesex County and Hartford County, Connecticut excluding the City of New Britain, and the towns of Berlin, Enfield, Manchester, and Southington
HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R01 1635 Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- The Cities of Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Berlin, Connecticut
USDA NRCS CT CIG 19 GEN0010139 Connecticut CIG Announcement
HHS 2019 ACF OHS CH R01 1412 Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- The City of Bridgeport, the towns of Stratford, Fairfield, Easton, Trumbull, and Monroe within Fairfield County, Connecticut
HHS 2018 ACF OHS CH R01 1381 Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- City of New Haven in New Haven County, Connecticut
HHS 2017 ACF OHS CH R01 1275 Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee - Norwalk, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and New Canaan in Fairfield County, Connecticut

 

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