Help for Small Businesses

As COVID-19 begins to have an increasingly significant impact on communities across the country, CMSC is compiling existing resources and opportunities to help Main Street districts now and going forward. From information regarding federal programs and advocacy to small business resources, to downtown & community guidance, to stories of how CMSC member communities are supporting each other, we are here to support you.

Scroll down to find information for businesses, non-profits and artists.

For Businesses

For Non-Profits

  • CHEFA announces FY 2021 COVID-19 grant program –  The board of directors of the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) voted at its April 15 meeting to replace their typical three grant cycles (client, nonprofit, and targeted) for FY 2021 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.The FY 20201 CHEFA COVID-19 Grant Program will focus on funding statewide efforts that are currently, or plan to be, launched by 501 (c)(3) Connecticut nonprofit entities within the next few months to respond to the crisis.The efforts can be focused on statewide programs to support Connecticut communities and residents or can be sector specific statewide funds focused on one or more of CHEFA’s four core priority areas of health care, education, child care, and cultural.Organizations seeking details may contact Betty Sugarman Weintraub, CHEFA Grant Program Manager, for more information at 860-761-8428 or

For Artists

  • CT Office of the Arts announces grants for artists impacted by COVIDCOA announced 2 new grant programs to help local artists negatively impacted by COVID-19:
    • 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.
    • 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