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Grants to Connecticut Municipalities in Small Communities for Short-Term Capital Projects

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Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP)

State of Connecticut - Office of Policy and Management (OPM)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #145928

Grant Description

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Grants to Connecticut municipalities in small communities for short-term capital projects. Funding is intended for infrastructure improvements that contribute to community development and enhance the quality of life for local residents. The purpose of the program is to support capital projects.

A project is considered to be a capital project if it is new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement for an existing facility or facilities. Project costs can include the cost of land, design, engineering, architectural planning, and contract services needed to complete the project.

 Projects eligible for STEAP funds include:

  • Economic development projects such as (a) constructing or rehabilitating commercial, industrial, or mixed-use structures and (b) constructing, reconstructing, or repairing roads, access ways, and other site improvements; 
  • Recreation and solid waste disposal projects; 
  • Social service-related projects, including daycare centers, elderly centers, domestic violence, and emergency homeless shelters, multi-purpose human resource centers, and food distribution facilities; 
  • Housing projects; 
  • Pilot historic preservation and redevelopment programs that leverage private funds; and 
  • Other kinds of development projects involving economic and community development, transportation, environmental protection, public safety, children and families, and social service programs.

Priority Project Areas:

  • Shovel ready projects which are at a stage where project work can begin
  • Promoting economic growth
  • Developing the workforce
  • Improving the quality of life and fiscal stability of municipality 
  • Improving the grand list 
  • Infrastructure 
  • Making government more effective, efficient and customer friendly 
  • Economic development projects within transit-oriented areas 
  • Solid waste disposal projects 
  • Pollution control (water, waste, energy) in order to reduce costs and environmental impacts 
  • Public Service Answering Point (PSAP) Consolidation 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities other than eligible Connecticut municipalities are not entitled to apply for STEAP grants.

STEAP funds cannot be used for design, studies, planning and/or engineering.

For more information on ineligible expenses, see the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

- June 1, 2022: Announcement of 2022 STEAP Grant Program
- August 15, 2022: STEAP Applications due by 5:00 PM
- September 15, 2022: Projected Grant Award Notification

All grant payments will be made on a reimbursement basis only after the municipality has incurred and paid for the allowable STEAP funded project expenditures incurred between the start and end dates of the contract.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

Grants awarded will have a four (4) year term and may be considered for a one (1) year extension to the grant end date. No grant shall have a term longer than five (5) years.

Contact Information:

Submit applications to

Programmatic and application questions should be directed to: and

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