Small Business & Community Development


The Small Business and Community Development Division creates and initiates community-based strategies to:

  • Build strong neighborhoods
  • Enhance economic opportunities, and
  • Ensure a dynamic framework for quality growth and community development.

Our vision is to create a vibrant, prosperous and growing Hartford through exceptional community development, for families and commerce.

Grants and Facade Improvement Programs

The Small Business and Community Development team identifies financial incentives in the form of grants and loans to help support Hartford's entrepreneurs.

Most commonly, the division administers façade improvement programs which incentivize property owners to improve the exterior appearance of their commercial buildings and storefronts. Storefront improvements are essential to the success of our local business communities! They revitalize the pedestrian environment, attract customers, and encourage additional neighborhood economic investment. The team may also be available to provide design assistance to help ensure that modifications comply with zoning or historic district guidelines.

Check back Here Periodically for New Applications and Announcements!

Flood Mitigation Assistance Program

With the support of the Hartford City Council and State legislators, Mayor Luke Bronin has approved and funded the creation of the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program to assist small business owners affected by storms Fred, Henri, and/or Ida. The program provides a grant of up to $7,500 to eligible property/business owners to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive damage to buildings, basements, and mechanical systems.

Business owners who require repairs or improvements and/or those owners seeking reimbursement for repairs or improvements already performed as a result of Fred, Henri, or Ida may apply.  Eligible activities and improvements include:

  • Sump pumps 
  • French drains
  • Lateral replacement
  • Window wells
  • Basement windows
  • Gutters
  • Drain snaking
  • Video camera inspections
  • Sewer jetting
  • Basement cleanouts
  • New boilers, hot water heaters, electrical components 
  • Flood-related mold remediation