Due to the success of the Small Business Grant Program, we have reached capacity and no longer accepting applications. Stay Tuned for the next round of funding to be announced in early 2024.

HEDCO and the Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA) have partnered with the Officer of the Governor, the State of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to provide grants of up to $30,000 to small businesses throughout the State of Connecticut.

Through this program, small business applicants will also be connected to the organizations’ Ecosystem of Providers. This ecosystem will include lawyers, accountants, human resources, insurance agencies, marketing firms, and other providers to supply small businesses with the resources they need to start-up, sustain, or grow their enterprises – many resources which are too expensive or unattainable otherwise.

This program is designed for businesses seeking growth and long-term success. It will require an assessment process to identify and analyze areas of need.  Experienced professionals will be available to guide participants through the process.  The outcome offers valuable insights into strengths, weaknesses, growth opportunities, and strategies for overcoming challenges.


To be considered for this program, your small business must:

  • Business must go through the assesment process provided by the program
  • Be a for-profit business with no more than 25 full-time and/or part-time employees.
  • Business es must be a registered business operating in Connecticut.
  • Be in good standing with the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) and the Department of Labor.
  • Have been conducting business for a minimum of one year.


Terms and Conditions

  • Grants up to $30,000
    • Disclaimer: The amount you have requested may not equal the amount you are approved for.
  • 0% interest rate
  • No application fee
  • Closing fee of $500.00
  • Grants do not have to be paid back to HEDCO, Inc. unless funds are used to cover ineligible expenses. The business must show documentation of expenditures in accordance with your cash flow projections.


Application and Approval Process

Submit the following documents:

Make sure that you have the documents ready to upload before starting the application.

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For additional information about the program and assistance with the completion of your application call us at (860) 527-1301 or email