Connecticut Resources


In this section you will find relevant state resources organized by category, and access the latest information on guidelines and reopening phases from the state.

Effective May 19, 2021, all remaining Sector Rules for Reopening are lifted, with certain exceptions related to mask-wearing. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks indoors, and masks are still required in healthcare facilities (hospitals, medical offices, etc.), public and private transit (airports, taxis, trains, etc.), correctional facilities, schools, and childcare.

Financial Assistance

American Rescue Plan Relief in Connecticut

Many cities and towns across the State are offering relief funds for small businesses through the money they received as part of the American Rescue Act

The American Rescue Plan


As part of the American Rescue Plan, the City of Bridgeport has been allocated $110 million to spend through December of 2024 which will be allocated to a number non-profit programs, small businesses, infrastructure projects, and city services to address the public health crisis and the economic impacts of COVID-19. The City is soliciting proposals from non-profits and small businesses for a number of programmatic areas.

Small businesses can apply for funds to expand or improve their business or make improvements to their storefront. The expansion grant provides small businesses with annual revenues of less than $2 million, with up to $10,000 to support their capacity to grow. The storefront improvements grant is also for businesses with annual revenues below $2 million, providing up to $25,000 to increase the appeal of their storefronts by replacing or repairing windows, signage improvements, sidewalk improvements, decals and others.

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East Windsor
E.R.A.S.E Grant: The Town of East Windsor is offering an Emergency Relief and Stabilization Effort (E.R.A.S.E.) COVID-19 Grant. The Grant presents awards of up to $10,000 which will be available to small businesses and non-profit organizations located in East Windsor. Selections will be based upon a dynamic plan for the grant award’s usage being submitted by the applicant.

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Capital for Change: The City of Hartford is once again partnering with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Capital for Change, and several small business technical assistance providers to open a third round of small business grants, providing $930,000 to Hartford small businesses.  Grants of up to $7,500 will be available to businesses as funds allow. This round will will support small businesses with flexible funding, allowing them to purchase inventory, help hire more workers, make capital improvements to enhance public health safety, and more.

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Partnership Loan Program

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has established a Partnership Loan Program for minority-owned and women-owned businesses in New Haven the lower Naugatuck valley area.
This program was created by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, HEDCO, Inc., the Amour Propre Fund and The City of New Haven. Qualified businesses of 20 or fewer employees will be eligible to receive a 4% revolving loan of up to $25,000 that is partially forgivable after one year.

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Mortgage Payment Relief

If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, the federal government is offering relief options to CT homeowners through the CARES Act. In addition, for those borrowers who do not qualify, many banks and credit unions in Connecticut are offering relief consumers may qualify for.  Please read the information provided by the State of Connecticut using the link below, in order to determine which option meets your needs.  A moratorium on foreclosure proceedings, foreclosure-related evictions, and foreclosure sales for federally-backed mortgages has been extended until July 31, 2021.

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CT Manufacturing Innovation Fund Voucher Program (MVP)

If you are looking for a loan to purchase new manufacturing equipment, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology introduced the MVP program.

Eligible companies can apply for vouchers up to $50,000 for the purchase of specialized equipment and expertise that will help improve operations, including marketing, LEAN, compliance, and other technical needs.

As of May 1, the MVP program will no longer process applications marked with COVID as priority. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Tax Relief & Filing Assistance

CT Department of Revenue Services: Sales Tax Relief

The Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is making sellers of meals aware that they may be eligible for a benefit that was recently authorized by legislation.

In order to qualify for this benefit, the seller must make sales of meals and be included in Sector 72 of the NAICS. It is up to each seller to make a determination as to whether it qualifies under Sector 72. If a seller determines that it qualifies for this benefit, the seller is eligible to retain sales tax it collects on sales of meals during one of the following weeks:

  • August 1, 2021, to August 7, 2021;
  • December 12, 2021, to December 18, 2021; or
  • May 15, 2022, to May 21, 2022.

Please check for the latest information.

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Extension on Annual Tax Filings

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has established a Partnership Loan Program for minority-owned and women-owned businesses in New Haven the lower Naugatuck valley area.
This program was created by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, HEDCO, Inc., the Amour Propre Fund and The City of New Haven. Qualified businesses of 20 or fewer employees will be eligible to receive a 4% revolving loan of up to $25,000 that is partially forgivable after one year.

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Extension on Sales Tax & Room Occupancy Filings

Governor Ned Lamont's administration reached an agreement on March 31, 2020  with over 50 credit unions and banks in Connecticut to offer mortgage relief to the state’s residents and businesses who continue to face hardship caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the agreement, the following relief policies are being offered by participating financial institutions:

  • 90-day grace period for all mortgage payments
  • Relief from fees and charges for 90 days
  • No new foreclosures for 60 days
  • No credit score changes for accessing relief

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Labor & Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a program that temporarily expands unemployment insurance (UI) eligibility to self-employed workers, 1099 employees, "gig" workers, workers in jobs not covered by regular unemployment benefits, and independent contractors impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
The federal CARES Act II legislation extends PUA benefits from 39 weeks to 50. This makes self-employed individuals and independent contractors eligible for unemployment, among others. Program eligibility ends March 13, 2021, last week of benefits is paid by week ending April 10, 2021 for those who have remaining weeks as of March 13, 2021.
It is part of the CARES Act and federally funded, but processed by the state's DOL.

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Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation

The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program is a new federal program for residents who have both self-employment earnings as well as W2 earnings. Over the next few weeks, CTDOL will notify claimants who may be eligible to apply.

  • Claimants must apply for the program. CTDOL expects to open the application process in late February/early March. Eligibility will be retroactive to December 27, 2020.
  • The program is 100% federally funded, employers are not liable for MEUC payments.

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Unemployment Q&A for Employers

A common question we have been asked these days, is about employees refusing to go back to work for various reasons. Under the circumstances of a pandemic and depending on the individual employee, they may have legitimate concerns around their own health or that of vulnerable family members in their household.

If an employee refuses to go back to work, and you don't believe they have a legitimate reason, you may protest the Notice of Potential Liability that you will receive from DOL indicating the claimant refused work. The matter will be then be scheduled for a fact finding to determine whether the claimant refused work without sufficient cause.

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Shared Work Program

In September 2020, Governor Lamont announced an expansion of the State's Shared Work Program to help businesses navigate the impact they may experience because of the pandemic.

For employers seeking an alternative to laying off employees due to the current economic slowdown, or capacity limitations, the Shared Work Program can be a great option. It allows employers to reduce the hours of full- time employees by as much as 60 percent, while their workers collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.

All employers with two or more full-time or permanent part-time employees can participate in the program, which is not designed for seasonal separations. To qualify, the business’ reduction of work cannot be less than 10 percent or more than 60 percent. Check out their latest webinar here for an overview of the program.

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FEMA: Lost Wages Grant

It was recently announced the FEMA has approved Connecticut to pay an additional $300 in unemployment benefits to those unemployed due to COVID-19.

New unemployment claimants and existing state and extended benefits claimants will be required to self-certify that they are eligible under the federal guidelines. Existing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants have already self-certified.

The additional benefit will be retroactive to the claim week beginning July 26.

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Health & Safety

Accessing PPE

As businesses are allowed to start reopening on a phased basis, the need for protective equipment may present a challenge to small businesses.

Sourcing PPE

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has compiled a list of PPE suppliers to assist small business.

List of PPE Suppliers

Safe Workplaces

The State released a series of guidelines to assist employers of essential businesses in maintaining a safe working environment during the current conditions. The guidance includes work-from-home accommodations for work that is able to be performed remotely, the use of protective equipment, and social distancing measures among others.

Safe workplaces in essential businesses: These are legally binding statewide rules prescribing additional protective measures that every workplace in Connecticut deemed essential – and any other business or nonprofit allowed to remain open – must follow. Such rules will be mandatory throughout the state.

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Safe Store Rules

Similarly to the Safe Workplaces rules, the State released a series of guidelines to assist stores deemed essential with guidance on maintaining a healthy and safe environment.

The guidelines include protective measures based on the store layout and managing occupancy and customer flow, ensuring everyone is aware of requirements by installing signs, requiring masks for employees and customers alike, and other protective measures.

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