Assistance for Businesses During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Below are links to information on programs that have been set up to assist small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. This page is updated frequently, so check back:

5/19/20: Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Small Business Reopening Resource Guide

CT Business Reopening and Recovery Center: Reopen Your Business Self Certification

 5/11/20, Phase 1 Guidelines per Governor’s Office

Please Note: All businesses subject to these rules will be required to self-certify prior to opening on May 20. The certification system will be online beginning next week.

In addition, the state has established a new task force chaired by CRCOG’s Lyle Wray that will help small businesses understand and implement these new regulations. The task force will release a detailed guide by May 15 to help organizations implement the rules and open safely.

Protecting Restaurant Workers and Customers
The Connecticut Restaurant Association and health officials across the state have developed a set of recovery procedures – the Connecticut Restaurant Promise – which demonstrate that the restaurant has committed to take all necessary steps to protect their employees, customers, and their community. Review the CT Restaurant Promise document.
Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In addition, the Food & Drug Administration has published best practices for restaurants and other good pick up and delivery services, which are available here.
Outdoor Service of Alcoholic Beverages
Restaurants wishing to offer outdoor service of alcoholic beverages at their restaurant, bar, or other dining establishment, must obtain state and local approvals. The Patio, Extension of Use, And/or Additional Consumer Bar Application must be submitted to the state Department of Consumer Protection with the necessary local approvals, including zoning, fire marshal, and local health. Since many town offices are closed and officials are working remotely, DCP is accepting electronic signatures. DCP Notice regarding outdoor service of alcoholic beverages.

 Visit the DECD website for more information about COVID-19 Business Recovery. 

Businesses are required to post these Employees Rights posters. 

SBA Small Business Disaster Loan Applications are being accepted for agricultural businesses.

Corono Virus Memo #6 Revision, RE: Child Care

Covid-19 Youth Camp Guidance from the State of CT Office of Early Childhood posted 4/29/20

Covid 19 Guidance for Family Campgrounds (updated 4/29/20) from the State of CT Dept. of Health

Restaurant Strong grant relief is available for restaurant workers in CT.

Connecticut Office of the Arts announces grants available for Connecticut artists impacted by pandemic

 Recognizing that artists provide inspiration, connection, and education, particularly at times when the creative sector is needed most, the Connecticut Office of the Arts – a state office housed within the Department of Economic and Community Development – today announced that two grant programs have been created to help local artists negatively impacted by COVID-19. Applications will be accepted for both programs through May 4, 2020. For specific questions, artists should contact Tamara Dimitri at and teaching artists should contact Bonnie Koba at

  • The Connecticut Artists Relief Grant program will provide $500 grants to over 100 individual artists and teaching artists who live in the state and whose creative practices and income are being adversely impacted by the safety measures put into place to prevent the spread of the virus. The grant is partly funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts.
  • The Connecticut Artists Respond Grant program helps artists translate and present their art virtually. Individual or collaborative artists who create or have created projects that respond to the needs of the times by presenting art activities, classes, or other creative experiences online at no cost to the public will be eligible for $1,000 or $2,000, respectively.

The Department of Revenue Services (DRS) launched a one-on-one customer service program to help businesses and individual taxpayers understand what resources are available to them if they can’t meet their current collections obligations.

AdvanceCT partnered with CBIA and DECD to release the second iteration of its business survey to gather feedback directly from Connecticut businesses that will help inform how we restart our economy.

State of CT Coronovirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Business Resources webpage has information for businesses regarding the Governor’s Executive Orders. Also contains links to grants and funding options.

Covid-19: Tips for Small Businesses is a list of tips and resources to assist small businesses assembled by the CT Small Business Development Center.

The Save Small Business Fund is a grant making initiative offering short term relief for small business employers in the US and its territories. The application opens on April 2oth.

HEDCO/ DECE Covid-19 Business Response Program Line of Credit is available to businesses with fewer than 20 employees which are owned by women or by members of a minority group. The program provides a $20,000 loan over 12 months at zero interest and may be forgivable.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT  has a video of  a webinar on YouTube that explains the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act is a guide for owners on the Coronavirus Aide, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus  has links to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and other SBA disaster loans.

Connecticut Small Business Development Center has information on the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), as well as other programs and grants for small businesses.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT has compiled a list of grants and loans that are available for small businesses and non profits.