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Hartford launches $150K small biz grant program


City leaders on Thursday afternoon unveiled a new $150,000 small-business grant program in Hartford. Mayor Luke Bronin and city leaders said at least 20 small businesses based in Hartford with 10 or fewer employees will be able to tap the new investment pool provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program.

This $150,000 grant program will provide at least twenty grants of up to $7,500 each. Grant funding is for small, for-profit businesses that are looking to increase business activity within their neighborhood, retain jobs, build capacity, and make their neighborhood more attractive for future investments. Priority will be given to businesses on main commercial corridors. This program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. If you have any questions about eligibility and requirements for this program, please call the City of Hartford’s Department of Development Services at 860- 757-9040 or email Don Chapman ( or Lynda Crespo (

Applications must be sent to the city by June 21.

View guidelines for the program here.

Read full Hartford Business Journal story here.