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The Black Business Alliance is committed to standing with our community.  We are grateful for the minority-owned businesses and individuals who are combating COVID-19 – the healthcare workers or emergency responders as well as those in essential services such as mail delivery, grocery stores, laundry services, and many others. 

We understand that minority communities and businesses have been particularly hurt and continue to face enormous challenges due to COVID-19.   Many of these are small businesses and sole proprietorships that now, more than ever, need access to the available resources.

CONNECTICUT ARTISTS RESPOND GRANTS Deadline to Apply: Monday, May 4, 2020

Message from Department of Economic and Community Development:

In this unprecedented time, the Connecticut Office of the Arts is thrilled to launch two (2) new funding opportunites for Connecticut artists and teaching artists: Connecticut Artists Respond and Connecticut Artists Relief grants.

“Artists and teaching artists are the movers, drivers and connectors of our creative economy. Their creative works spark joy and inspiration, and push us to question and understand. Investing in artists – particularly now – is just the right thing to do.

-Liz Shapiro, Director of Connecticut Office of the Arts

The Connecticut Office of the Arts recognizes that artists help us through challenging times and is committed to investing in artists' ability to provide respite through inspiration, connection and education.

The Connecticut Artists Respond Grant Program provides funding to artists and teaching artists to support the creation and presentation of free and accessible on-line arts-based experiences, learning opportunities and services to audiences across Connecticut - and beyond - on the World Wide Web.

Grants for individuals artists are $1,000. Grants for an artist collaboration (two or more artists) are $2,000. 

Below is a list of resources and loans:

IMPORTANT UPDATES for businesses affected by COVID-1

1. Small Business Administration – COVID-19 Funding (link:)
https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

2. US Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus Emergency Loans – Small Business Guide and Checklist (Download):
https://9f5d0864-25c4-46b3-85f2-ca8043a21254.filesusr.com/ugd/d27bd4_f6e73ca2d6fd48b6ba228498c6e69609.pdf

3. Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce – Grant Assistance for Small Businesses (Up to $5,000) (link:)
https://www.gnhcc.com/chamber-foundation-grant-assistance-program

4. State of Connecticut Resource Center – Updates (link:)
https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Business-Resources

5. CT Small Business Development Center – Updates (link:)
https://ctsbdc.com/covid19-businessresourcecenter/

6. CT Department of Banking – Resources & Updates (link:)
https://portal.ct.gov/DOB/Consumer/Consumer-Help/COVID-19-Resources-from-DOB

Mortgage Relief (link:):
https://portal.ct.gov/DOB/Consumer/Consumer-Help/COVID-19-Mortgage-Relief