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Federal Resources to Eastern Connecticut


Grants are a monetary award given to an organization or local government to implement public initiatives.  As you explore the world of grants, keep in mind that grants are one funding option.  Federal agencies also offer direct loans, loan guarantees, and tax credits.  Many projects can be accomplished with funds from a variety of sources.

Your first step in the grants search is to define a project and then begin the research process.  Every day, my office helps community groups, nonprofits, municipalities, and other organizations navigate the process to obtain federal support.  If your organization has an idea and a vision for implementation, I would welcome the opportunity to assist you in identifying sources of federal funding. 

Grant Basics

There are four primary types of federal grants.

  1. Categorical: provided for specific programs and used for narrowly defined purposes.
  2. Block: mostly administered on the state level; provides leeway by granting funding for a general policy area.
  3. Formula: allocated on a decision rule; purpose is to allocate funding based on a general social condition.
  4. Project: similar to categorical grants; project grants fund specific projects or services.

Begin your search at

This official portal is an E-Government initiative operating under the governance of the Office of Management and Budget.  Chartered to deliver a system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities, the system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies.


Common Areas of Assistance

First Responders

Assistance is available to help address the training and equipment needs of our local fire and police departments.

Rural Development

A number of programs are aimed at investing in critical infrastructure and systems for rural regions like eastern Connecticut.


Grants, loans, and tax credits may be available for the development of affordable housing in your community.

Small Business

From startup loan guarantees to disaster recovery assistance, there may be help for your qualified small business.


  • Small Businesses can find information about loans and other financing by visiting the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website and the Connecticut Department of Economic Development (DECD) website: and
  • For a list of local small business events and workshops provided by the SBA, click here.
  • Small businesses seeking funding to engage in high tech Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) are encouraged to visit the federal and state Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) website(s): and
  • The Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) provides marketing and procurement assistance Connecticut companies interested in doing business with local, state and federal governments and tracks business related events around the state. For information about PTAP and a list of upcoming events visit:
  • For information about private, corporate and foundational funding, please visit the Foundation Center website:
  • For information about Connecticut based grantmakers and programs, resources and services related to grantmaking and philanthropy, see the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy website:
  • For more information about state and local funding, please contact your state and local representatives. You can find your state and local contact information by visiting the official State of Connecticut website:

More on Federal Resources to Eastern Connecticut

October 30, 2020 Press Release
“Our communities have shown a lot of toughness in battling COVID-19, but what our partners today realize more than anyone else is that eastern Connecticut is really facing a collision of epidemics,” said Congressman Courtney.
September 9, 2020 Press Release
“Eastern Connecticut has shown a lot of grit and smarts in fighting back against COVID-19, and this federal funding will help us continue to keep our communities safe so that we can stay on the path towards overcoming this pandemic,” said Congressman Courtney.
September 3, 2020 Press Release
Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded two federal grants totaling $986,404 to fire departments in Stafford Springs and East Haddam.
April 7, 2020 Press Release
“This federal funding was authorized as part of the bipartisan CARES Act, which Congress passed ten days ago to help make sure that health care professionals – our frontline in the fight against COVID-19 – have the tools and resources they need to win,” said Congressman Courtney.
January 22, 2020 Press Release
“Congratulations to the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theater Center for going after and earning these competitive federal dollars,” said Congressman Courtney.
December 18, 2019 Press Release
“These federal vouchers have always made a real difference for the men and women who served our country bravely,” said Congressman Courtney. “
October 29, 2019 Press Release
“The USDA has made investments towards projects in towns across eastern Connecticut, and this latest grant award is a major investment in the health of our region, specifically in Windham and Tolland counties,” said Congressman Courtney.
October 25, 2019 Press Release
“The Town of Killingly and Town Manager Mary Calorio deserve major congratulations for identifying this federal funding opportunity, and for putting together a successful grant application to win this highly competitive award – one of only two Housing Preservation Grant awards made in our entire state during this round of funding,” said Congressman Courtney.
October 24, 2019 Press Release
“After having worked to pass robust funding for the LWCF here in the House this year, and after having secured continued federal support for our Eightmile River and The Last Green Valley, I’m particularly glad to announce this new round of federal investment in eastern Connecticut’s natural heritage,” said Congressman Courtney.
September 25, 2019 Press Release
“Congratulations to Mayor Nystrom and City of Norwich for identifying this federal funding opportunity and putting together a successful grant application,” said Congressman Courtney.