Governor Lamont announces the distribution of $30 million in grants to support hospitality businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

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Governor Lamont announces the distribution of $30 million in grants to support hospitality businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Beginning this week, funds will be sent to restaurants, hotels, transportation companies and others in this sector in Connecticut

(HARTFORD, CT) – Gov. Ned Lamont announced today that the state of Connecticut will award $30 million in grants starting this week to more than 1,700 hospitality businesses in the state that are financially struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic have suffered losses.

Businesses in this sector can expect to receive checks ranging from $7,500 to $49,999 from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS). The hospitality industry includes restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues, breweries, wineries, travel services, transportation services, and other businesses.

Funding for the grants, known as the Connecticut Hospitality Industry Support Program and overseen by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), was approved as part of the state budget bill that Governor Lamont recently signed and is supported by funds that the state received from the Federal American Rescue Plan Act.

“So many small, locally owned businesses in the hospitality industry continue to recover from the pandemic and any type of relief that can be provided will help support them and their employees.” said Governor Lamont. “These funds will be sent directly to employers to accelerate their continued growth and can be used at their discretion to mitigate financial losses due to the pandemic. I thank the Biden administration and the Connecticut congressional delegation for providing these funds to our state through the American Rescue Plan Act.”

To receive a grant, existing businesses must meet several criteria developed by the DECD, most notably a 15% or more decrease in gross revenue compared to calendar years 2019-2021. The amount of the grant depends on the size of the loss and the total gross amount dated Company generated receipts.

New businesses (defined as those that filed tax returns beginning in calendar years 2019, 2020, or 2021) will receive grants of $7,500 (or $15,000 if located in a distressed community) provided they meet certain eligibility criteria.

Companies do not have to apply for the grants. DECD analyzed data from DRS to identify those who have suffered casualties during the pandemic. (For detailed information on program eligibility, click here.)

said Senator Richard Blumenthal, “These grants, funded by the American Rescue Plan, are a lifeline for Connecticut businesses struggling to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut has some of the best restaurants, breweries and hotels in the country, but our hospitality industry is still rebuilding after two years of crippling losses. I have visited many of these companies and heard firsthand about their efforts to keep their doors open. I’m proud to have fought in Congress for the American Rescue Plan Act so our state’s vibrant communities can be rebuilt to be even stronger.”

said Congressman John B. Larson, “Along with the entire congressional delegation, I fought for small business relief at the height of this pandemic through programs like the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. As Connecticut’s hospitality industry continues to face the challenges of COVID-19, I am pleased to join Governor Lamont in announcing another round of grants to help keep small businesses afloat in our state.”

said Deputy DECD Commissioner Alexandra Daum, “Connecticut’s hospitality industry suffered devastating economic losses as a result of the pandemic – losses from which many are still recovering today. The Connecticut Hospitality Industry Support Program is intended to serve as a stabilizing force as our hospitality operations return to full service and customers return to their pre-pandemic behavior.”

Scott Dolch, president and CEO of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, said“These grants will provide meaningful help to Connecticut restaurants negatively impacted by the pandemic, most of which are family businesses whose owners and employees live in and around the communities where they work. As restaurants have worked to recover from the pandemic, they are facing new headwinds in the form of inflation, labor shortages and supply chain disruptions. We’re grateful that the state is taking this step to help local businesses that continue to face these tough battles, and we encourage lawmakers to continue finding ways to help local businesses keep their doors open.”

said Duane Schroder, president of the Connecticut Lodging Association, “The Connecticut Lodging Association thanks Gov. Lamont, the Connecticut Legislature and the Department of Economic and Community Development for their continued support of the lodging sector during the most significant economic downturn the lodging industry has ever experienced as a result of the pandemic. Public-private sector partnerships will build a more resilient economy for the state’s hospitality businesses and its Connecticut residents as we work together to rebuild the hospitality sector post-pandemic.”

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