Economic and Community Development

Information for Bristol Businesses & Non-Profits Affected by Coronavirus

Loan Assistance: Businesses and non-profits experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 can now apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans for working capital of up to $2 million. Log on to to apply and for additional disaster assistance information. For help with applying call the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, call the CT DECD Business Hotline at 860-500-2333, or email Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Unemployment Assistance: Employers who are furloughing workers can use the Department of Labor’s shared work program, which allows businesses to reduce working hours and have those wages supplemented with unemployment insurance. For more information click

CT Filing Extensions: The Department of Revenue Services has extended deadlines for filing and payments associated with certain state business tax returns. Details are at  

Bristol’s Economic & Community Development (ECD) works to improve the physical, economic, and social environment of the Bristol community by serving as the primary governmental organization dedicated to promoting commercial development, to preserving and improving the city’s housing stock, and to securing and administering the resources required to carry out these goals.

Economic Development

Economic and Community Development (ECD) fosters an environment that is supportive of economic development and growth. The ECD manages a number of economic development incentive programs to encourage the retention, expansion, relocation, or creation of new businesses within the City. These incentive programs include grants, tax abatements, and more. The EDC serves as the lead municipal agency for retail, industrial/distribution, and downtown development, including coordinating the exciting Centre Square downtown development project.


Community Development

Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA)

The NAA Tax Credit Program is designed to provide funding for municipal and tax exempt organizations through business tax credit incentives.

Community Development Block Grant Program

Programs and projects that utilize U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development formula funding according to a five-year Consolidated Plan and an Annual Action Plan.

Housing Rehab Program

The Economic and Community Development Department offers a Residential Housing Rehabilitation Program for major home and energy efficiency improvements that benefit low- and moderate-income Bristol homeowners. Grants are available to reimburse up to 50% of approved costs for improvements made to owner-occupied homes.

Grants and Brownfields

Secure funding for a variety of city-wide projects. Obtains and administers grants to remediate contaminated properties known as Brownfields.


Marketing and public relations for the City of Bristol is managed by Economic and Community Development. For more information, visit the Bristol All Heart website Media Page  or you may contact Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, Dawn Nielsen at 860-584-6190 or

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