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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

September 19, 2019 Press Release
“The Poquitanuck Volunteer Fire Department deserves major congratulations for successfully applying for these federal grant dollars,” said Congressman Courtney. “
September 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) today announced that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a federal grant of more than $170,000 to the Town of Sprague, on behalf of the Baltic Fire Engine Company. The new federal funding will support the critical procurement of 24 new firefighter breathing apparatuses for Baltic Fire Engine Company.

September 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) today announced that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a federal grant of more than $62,000 to the Stafford #1 Fire Department. The new federal funding will help the department to procure new equipment to support the functioning of self-contained breathing apparatuses.

August 30, 2019 Press Release

Vernon, CT – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) today announced a host of federal grant awards totaling over $100,000 that are bound for projects throughout eastern Connecticut. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development has today provided four grant awards to three eastern Connecticut towns: Putnam will receive a federal grant award of $22,200; Thompson has been approved to receive a federal grant award of $26,500, as well as a second award of $5,200; and Willimantic will receive a federal grant award of $49,900.

July 22, 2019 Press Release
“Giving our students opportunities to learn more about farming, gardening, and sustainable agriculture at an early age is a wise investment,” said Congressman Courtney.
March 19, 2019 Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Congressman Joe Courtney announced the approval of $480,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to support testing of crumbling foundations in Ellington, Stafford, and Vernon. The funding was requested by the three towns in a joint application last year as part of Connecticut’s Small Cities Program run by the state Department of Housing, which distributes the state’s portion of federal CDBG funds it receives annually.