Small Business Facade Improvement

Story and Soil Coffee Exterior

This grant funded program is for small, for-profit businesses that are looking to increase business activity within their neighborhood, retain jobs, build capacity, and make their neighborhood more attractive for future investments.This program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program.

 

Online

Step 1.Program Eligibility and Requirements

This program is open to existing Hartford-based businesses. Businesses must meet the requirements outlined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) per CPD Notice 96-01:

  • Businesses must have a physical address; not a PO box, mail drop or be located in an Incubator or other temporary space
  • Applicant(s) are not in arrears with state, federal or local taxes (this will be verified)
  • Proof of business registration with CT Secretary of State
  • Business must be registered with City of Hartford Town Clerk’s Office (if the business is operating under a DBA different than Secretary of State registered name)
  • Business owner must have a qualifying low to moderate household income or the business must serve Hartford residents from low to moderate income households.All incomes represented below are Gross Incomes. All applicants must be able to verify income. (Certified IRS tax forms)
    • 1 person - $46,100
    • 2 people - $52,650
    • 3 people - $59,250
    • 4 people - 65,800
    • 5 people - $71,100
    • 6 people - $76,350
  • Business must have ten or fewer employees, including the owner
  • Business must be a for-profit business operating for 1 year or more. Non-profit businesses are not eligible for this grant.
  • Food trucks operating in The City of Hartford are eligible for grant consideration.

Step 2.Permitted Use of Funds

The maximum grant award to private entities will be up to $7,500. Examples of the use of funds include: Façade or aesthetic improvement, signage, technology or internet connectivity, Technical assistance, inventory purchases, and/or marketing plans.

Funds are not permitted for the following:

  1. General maintenance funds
  2. Salaries
  3. Benefits
  4. Other administrative costs i.e. rent

Submit Online Application

Complete the online application below. 

Small Business Grant Application

Applications will not be considered which:

  1. Are submitted after the deadline
  2. Do not appear in the proper format as outlined in the grant guidelines and application
  3. Do not meet eligibility criteria
  4. Do not contain the required attachments
  5. Are submitted by businesses or individuals that are the subject of unresolved findings or noncompliance relating to any illegal activities of any kind
  6. Are submitted by businesses or individuals owing any form of tax or fee to the City of Hartford or its legal entities

Step 3.Grant Application Review

The following criteria will be used to review the grant application:

Economic Impact: examples include but are not limited to:

  • Potential to grow capacity
  • Potential to increase revenue

Management Plan: examples include but are not limited to:

  • Clarity and feasibility of request including budget, timeline, and implementation plan
  • Ability to demonstrate plan’s likelihood of success

Sustainability: examples include but are not limited to:

  • Plan’s ability to spark other investments
  • Relationship to other business activity or investment

Step 4.Grantee Selection and Conditions

Grantees will be selected based on the above criteria and will be contacted after the grant review period. Payments shall be made to reimburse grantees for eligible expenses on a monthly basis or will be directly made to third-party payees for equipment purchases.Successful applicants are required to acknowledge the support of the City of Hartford in all promotional materials related to the project (brochures, posters, programs, flyers, newsletters, websites, etc.) with the City of Hartford logo, and the use of the phrase “supported by the City of Hartford’s Small Business Grant Program.”

In Person

Step 1.Program Eligibility and Requirements

This program is open to existing Hartford-based businesses. Businesses must meet the requirements outlined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) per CPD Notice 96-01:

  • Businesses must have a physical address; not a PO box, mail drop or be located in an Incubator or other temporary space
  • Applicant(s) are not in arrears with state, federal or local taxes (this will be verified)
  • Proof of business registration with CT Secretary of State
  • Business must be registered with City of Hartford Town Clerk’s Office (if the business is operating under a DBA different than Secretary of State registered name)
  • Business owner must have a qualifying low to moderate household income or the business must serve Hartford residents from low to moderate income households.All incomes represented below are Gross Incomes. All applicants must be able to verify income. (Certified IRS tax forms)

i. 1 person – $ 46,100
ii. 2 people – $ 52,650
iii. 3 people – $ 59,250
iv. 4 people – $ 65,800
v. 5 people – $ 71,100
vi. 6 people – $ 76,350

  • Business must have ten or fewer employees, including the owner
  • Business must be a for-profit business operating for 1 year or more. Non-profit businesses are not eligible for this grant.
  • Food trucks operating in The City of Hartford are eligible for grant consideration.

Permitted Use of Funds

The maximum grant award to private entities will be up to $7,500. Examples of the use of funds include: Façade or aesthetic improvement, signage, technology or internet connectivity, Technical assistance, inventory purchases, and/or marketing plans.

Funds are not permitted for the following:

  1. General maintenance funds
  2. Salaries
  3. Benefits
  4. Other administrative costs i.e. rent

Step 2.Submit Application

To obtain the application, contact Don Chapman at (860) 757-9048 or by email at:chapd001@hartford.gov

 All materials should be submitted in the following manner:

  • By the deadline posted
  • Hand delivered or by email only (chapd001@hartford.gov)
  • In an 8.5” x 11” sealed envelope (if hand delivered)
  • Application must be completed (typed or printed clearly)
  • All required documents must be submitted on 8.5” x 11” paper (letter size)
  • Paperclips preferred.

Applications will not be considered which:

  1. Are submitted after the deadline
  2. Do not appear in the proper format as outlined in the grant guidelines and application
  3. Do not meet eligibility criteria
  4. Do not contain the required attachments
  5. Are submitted by businesses or individuals that are the subject of unresolved findings or noncompliance relating to any illegal activities of any kind
  6. Are submitted by businesses or individuals owing any form of tax or fee to the City of Hartford or its legal entities

Step 3.Grant Application Review

The following criteria will be used to review the grant application:

Economic Impact: examples include but are not limited to:

  • Potential to grow capacity
  • Potential to increase revenue

Management Plan: examples include but are not limited to:

  • Clarity and feasibility of request including budget, timeline, and implementation plan
  • Ability to demonstrate plan’s likelihood of success

Sustainability: examples include but are not limited to:

  • Plan’s ability to spark other investments
  • Relationship to other business activity or investment

Step 4.Grantee Selection and Conditions

Grantees will be selected based on the above criteria and will be contacted after the grant review period. Payments shall be made to reimburse grantees for eligible expenses on a monthly basis or will be directly made to third-party payees for equipment purchases.Successful applicants are required to acknowledge the support of the City of Hartford in all promotional materials related to the project (brochures, posters, programs, flyers, newsletters, websites, etc.) with the City of Hartford logo, and the use of the phrase “supported by the City of Hartford’s Small Business Grant Program.”