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August 9, 2022

$30M in grants going to support state’s hospitality industry impacted by COVID-19

HBJ PHOTO | MICHAEL PUFFER Gov. Ned Lamont stands on a site just north of downtown Hartford, where the state has committed $6.3 million toward a $17.5 million mixed-use apartment development.

More than 1,700 restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses impacted by COVID-19 are splitting $30 million in grants that will begin going out this week, Gov. Ned Lamont announced.

Lamont announced Monday evening that the state Department of Revenue Services (DRS) will be sending grants ranging from $7,500 to $49,999 to restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues, breweries, wineries, travel services, transportation services, and other businesses in the hospitality industry.

The grants are part of the Connecticut Hospitality Industry Support Program overseen by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

Funding for the program was approved as part of the state’s recently adopted budget and money Connecticut received from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

To qualify for money, existing businesses must have met criteria set by the state, which includes a decline of 15% or more in gross receipts from 2019 to 2021. According to the state, the amount of money a business receives depends on the amount of loss and the overall level of gross receipts.

New businesses that filed tax returns beginning in 2019, 2020 or 2021, are receiving grants of $7,500, or $15,000 if they’re located in a distressed municipality and meet other eligibility requirements.

Businesses do not need to apply for the grants — the state said DECD has analyzed data from DRS to identify those that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and qualify.

In total, $30 million will go to more than 1,700 businesses in this round of grant allocation, Lamont said.

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