Grant Opportunities

NVCOG receives and administers a variety of federal, state, and private grants.  We also provide support to municipalities and non-profits in our region to help locate and apply for funding through various grant programs.

Below, you will find a list of some of the grant programs that we have had experience with. Please contact us at 203-757-0535 if you have questions or to request assistance.

Grant NameFunderDescription
Brownfield Municipal Grant Program CT DECDState funded grant program, which awards cities and towns on a competitive basis of up to $4 million. These grants go towards assisting communities with brownfield remediation and assessment.
EPA Revolving Loan Fund Program US EPAAwards up to $1 million toward the creation and maintenance of a brownfield revolving loan fund. These grants target distressed sites by funding environmental cleanup which generate future economic activity for that site.
EPA Clean-up Grant ProgramUS EPARemediation funding for eligible brownfield sites, up to $500,000 may be requested per site. This program has a 20% cost share requirement.
EPA Assessment Grant ProgramUS EPAProvides funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, conduct a range of planning activities, develop site-specific cleanup plans, and conduct community involvement related to brownfield sites. The performance period for these grants is three years.

Grant Name 

Funder 

Description 

Enterprise Corridor Zone 

CT DECD 

This program offers incentives to companies involved in manufacturing, research associated with manufacturing and distribution warehousing.  

Grant Name 

Funder 

Description 

Homeland Security Grant Program 

CT DEMHS 

This federal funding enables states to prepare for terrorist attacks and other major disasters. DEMHS is program manager of funds, regional fiduciary may be Northwest Hills COG or River COG, depending on which Regional Emergency Planning Team (REPT) municipality is located. Funding for equipment and training at regional level. 

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

CT DPH 

This is a multi-year formula grant awarded to cities and towns that have an emergency response program protecting residents during natural disasters.  

Pre-Disaster Mitigation 

FEMA/CT DEMHS 

This program provides funds for projects that reduce the overall risk to population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing the reliance on federal funding from future disasters. This grant is awarded on a competitive basis. 

Citizen Corps Program

CT DEMHS 

This grant is a sub-program of the Homeland Security Grant Program. It helps pay for training and equipment related to municipal citizen emergency response teams. 

Grant Name 

Funder 

Description 

Open Space and Watershed Acquisition (OSWA)

CT DEEP 

Offers financial assistance to municipalities and nonprofit land conservation organizations to acquire land for open space and to water companies to acquire land to be classified as Class I or Class II water supply property.  

Section 319 Nonpoint Source 

CT DEEP 

This program aims to reduce water pollution. Municipalities and private organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants are encouraged to provide matching funds for this grant. DEEP prefers to award 5-10 large projects rather than many smaller projects. 

Diesel Grants & Funding 

CT DEEP 

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection offers several grant opportunities for municipalities ranging from fleet vehicle retrofits to fuel reduction measures. 

America the Beautiful

CT DEEP 

State funded competitive grant program that awards cities and towns up to $12,000 for urban forestry projects.  

Grant Name 

Funder 

Description 

Historic Restoration Fund Grants 

CT DECD 

This program offers up to $100,000 for repair and preservation projects approved by the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office. Grants awards must be matched on a one-to-one basis. Municipalities and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Grant funds are paid on a single-payment reimbursement basis following project completion.  

Certified Local Government Program – Historic Preservation Enhancement Grant (HPEG)

CT DECD 

Partnership between municipality, state and federal agencies to strengthen local historic preservation efforts. Historic Preservation Enhancement Grants (HPEG) tied to certified local government status, and provides funding for preservation planning and programs. 

Grant NameFunder Description 
FAST Act Transportation Alternatives FHWA/CT DOT This program offers funding for various non-traditional transportation enhancements including  encouraging safety, accessibility, and connectivity. It is a set-aside of the Surface Transportation Block Grant. 
Community Connectivity Grant Program CT DOT State awards capital grants for pedestrian and bike projects. Maximum awards are capped at $400,000. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to promoting non-modal forms of transportation. 
Connecticut Recreational TrailsCT DEEP This program covers the planning, design, and construction of new trails. In addition, it also covers the maintenance and restoration of existing trails. Grant amounts vary and will depend upon the availability of currently uncommitted state funds. Requests should be less than $1 million. Grants can pay up to 80% of total project costs, a 20% match is required. 
Grant NameFunderDescription
Municipal Grant ProgramCT DOT This grant provides aid to municipalities for elderly and disabled dial-a-ride services. 1:1 match is required.  
Section 5310FTA/CT DOT Section 5310 allows municipalities to apply for grants that cover the costs of purchasing new buses and vans. This program has an 80:20 match requirement. 
Section 5339b FTA/CT DOT This program allocates funds to cover the replacement and rehabilitation of buses and related equipment. It also covers the construction of bus-related facilities including technological changes and/or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.
Grant Name Funder Description 
Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented DevelopmentCT OPMThis grant funds a wide variety of activities including planning and construction projects consistent with the State Plan of Conservation & Development and Transit-Oriented-Development policies. Municipalities and Metropolitan Planning Organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to smart growth. Awards range between $10,000 and $2 million.
Local Transportation Capital Improvement ProgramCT DOT/NVCOGProvides funds to planning regions based on their proportion of state urban area population. Project eligibility is limited to local roads located on the federal aid system, local bridges, and non-motorized transportation enhancements. Funds can cover 100% of construction costs.
Local Road Accident Reduction ProgramCT DOTThe Local Road Accident Reduction Program provides funding for lower cost safety improvements on local roads. NVCOG’s role in the program is to solicit proposals from the towns, conduct the initial screening of proposals, and identify those which will be forwarded to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. These proposals will then be evaluated by CT DOT and ranked by benefit/cost ratio.
Local Bridge ProgramCT DOTState provides financial assistance to municipalities for the removal, replacement, reconstruction or rehabilitation of local bridges. Grant covers 15%-50% of project costs.