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Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP)

Grants to Connecticut Municipalities in Eligible Towns to Promote
Conservation, Economic Development, and Quality of Life

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

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08/28/20 12:00 PM


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Grants to Connecticut municipalities in eligible locations 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 program also has a special COVID-19 provision that will support towns with expenditures related to their response to the pandemic, including new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement for existing facilities. STEAP grants can only be used for 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:

  • COVID-19 related capital projects 
  • 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 

For information about COVID-19 special provisions, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 145928

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The maximum grant amount that can be requested is $128,205.

Term of Contract:

Grants awarded will have a two (2) 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 three (3) years.

STEAP grants are not intended to be “banked” or “grouped together” over the course of multiple years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Municipalities from eligible small towns may apply. Applications may only be submitted by the Chief Executive Official of an eligible municipality.

- Eligible municipalities are determined by the FY20 Public Investment Community Index and CGS 4-66g(b)
- Municipalities that are eligible to opt into the STEAP program, but are not currently opted in, must submit their opt-in request prior to submitting their STEAP application.
- Municipalities with projects more than five years old or which have expired contracts, that have not been closed out with the administering agency are ineligible to apply for new funding.

For information about geographic eligibility, see:

Expenditures that cannot be funded by STEAP Grant funds:
- Programmatic expenditures or recurring budget expenditures are not eligible for STEAP or any other state bond program. However, some projects, while generally capital in nature, should not be funded with State bond money for various public policy reasons.
- The following expenditures are not eligible for reimbursement in construction, acquisition or development projects: ceremonial or entertainment expenses; publicity; bonus payments; reserves; charges in excess of the lowest responsible bid where competitive bidding is required unless prior approval is obtained; deficits or overdrafts; interest charged; any judgment for damages arising from the project; fines and penalties; municipal salaries or employee expenses.
- Project components not allowable for STEAP fund payment: Furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E). FF&E includes movable furniture, fixtures or other equipment that have no permanent connection to the structure of a building or utilities. Examples of FF&E include desks, chairs, computers, electronic equipment, tables, bookcases, and partitions. For exceptions, see COVID-19 Related Special Provisions in the Guidelines.
- Goods and/or services purchased and/or provided before the contract start date, or after the contract end date will not be funded.
- STEAP funds cannot be used to represent the required “match” portion for another state grant.

Municipalities that have an Urban Center Per Adopted Plan are NOT eligible for either the STEAP program or the STEAP Opt-In Provision.

Pre-Application Information:

Please be advised that the deadline for submitting STEAP applications has been extended. The revised deadline is now August 28, 2020 (12:00PM).

- July 13, 2020: Announcement of 2020 STEAP Grant Program
- August 14, 2020: Applications due by noon
- September 14, 2020, (on or about): Grant award notification

A municipal match is required. For additional information about matching requirements, see

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