Central Grants Administration

Image depicting the grants department with the word grant written on a folder

Welcome to Central Grants

Central Grants facilitates delivery of services by other City departments, and by nonprofit organizations. We do not provide grants to individuals.

We are also responsible for administering the CDBG, HOPWA, and ESG programs, and enabling citizen participation in those programs.

Nonprofit applicants for NAA also will find State guidelines and program news here. 

Department Head

Sheryl Horowitz PhD

Office of Central Grants Administration and Strategic Partnerships
860-757-9276 (office)

For full details on the Year Five Annual Action Plan (July 1,2024- June 30,2025) go to Federal Grants Section.

Meeting announcements for public input into FY24_25 Annual Action Plan

Public-Notice_FY24_25 Annual Action-Plan_ public input_6_12_24(DOCX, 35KB)

Public Notice _FY24_25 Annual Action Plan_public input_7_2_24(DOC, 33KB)

Data Collection Forms:

Program Reference, Planning and Budgeting

The City of Hartford has initiated the application period for Fiscal Year July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds.

Applications are available starting on Saturday, January 13, 2024, on the Central Grants website.  Written instructions for the application, the on-line application and all necessary forms, are available below.

All applications are submitted through OPENFORMS by clicking on the links below. Completed applications are accessible to the Central Grants Office through the platform, so no emailing is necessary. We recommend; however, that you download a copy of the completed application for your records. Applications must be submitted on the platform no later than 11:59 PM on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

Central Grants staff will hold two public hearing/technical assistance sessions with an overview of program and regulatory requirements for HUD funding.  Attendance at one of the following sessions is strongly suggested:

Session #1

Wed., January 24, 2024



Slide Presentation(PDF, 2MB)


Session #2

Wed., January 24, 2024



Click Here for Signup and Link



Each meeting will be hosted virtually. Please use the links above to sign up and receive a link to attend through email:

Please use the links below to access the FY2024-25 CDBG, HOPWA, and ESG applications: 

CDBG FY2024-2025 Online Application

HOPWA FY2024-2025 Online Application

ESG FY2024-2025 Online Application

Support for the Applications above

CDBG FY2024-2025 Instructions(DOCX, 123KB)

CDBG_FY24-25_Sample Application(PDF, 2MB)

HOPWA FY24-25 Sample Application(PDF, 2MB)

ESG FY24-25 Sample Application(PDF, 1MB)

HUD FY2024-2025 TA session Slides(PDF, 2MB)

CDBG Application Scoring Rubric(PDF, 150KB)   ** New Information**

Forms for Upload to Applications

CDBG Application Budget(XLSX, 24KB)

ESG Application Budget(XLSX, 19KB)

HOPWA Application Budget(XLSX, 19KB)

COH Grantee Certification and Official Application Signature(PDF, 133KB)

COH Tax/Financial Certification(PDF, 168KB)

COH Maintenance of Insurance Certification(PDF, 195KB)

COH EEO-Report- new(PDF, 135KB)

Hartford HUD 5 Year Consolidated Plan(PDF, 11MB)



The Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (the NAA) Tax Credit Program is designed to provide funding for municipal and tax exempt organizations by providing a corporation business tax credit for businesses who make contributions to these entities. Businesses can receive a credit of 60% of their approved contribution to certain programs (or 100% in the case of certain energy conservation programs) approved by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS).

The Office of Central Grants Administration supports the administration of the NAA program for the City of Hartford in its role as a “municipal agency” designated by the State for administration of the NAA. Central Grants publicizes the availability of the Form NAA-01, collects and processes the NAA-01 and program proposals submitted by non-profit applicants, and prepares the documents necessary for Council to hold the hearing and vote to approve the programs to be submitted to DRS. It has been the usual practice of the Council to vote to approve or disapprove the list of applicants in their entirety, as it is in the best interest of the City to maximize the number and amount of NAA applications submitted to DRS. In past years under NAA, donations to non-profits in Hartford have totaled as much as 28% of all the donations approved by DRS statewide.

Neighborhood Assistance Act NAA Tax Credit Program

On October 16, 2023, the City of Hartford will submit to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) the FY 2022-2023 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER).  The CAPER reports on the expenditures and accomplishments for the Year Five Action Plan, including allocations made to Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program activities, Public Housing initiatives, and other community development objectives undertaken during the period of July 1,2022 through June 30, 2023.  HUD entitlement grant programs include Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

The draft CAPER is available for public review and comment from September 25, 2023 – October 13, 2023. All comments received before October 14, 2023 will be included in the report. 

FY 2022-2023 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)(PDF, 1MB)