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Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

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  • DECD provides funding program information related to cultural development businesses in Connecticut
  • For all businesses growing and expanding in Connecticut
  • The agency takes a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education, and arts and culture


The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is the state’s lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy.

Who’s it for?

All new and expanding businesses in Connecticut, with individualized resources for arts and culture, business development, community development, media, and historic preservation.


To develop and implement strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and communities, and foster appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities.

Resources & Services

Funds Opportunities



  • Arts and Culture – Information on arts and culture resources and grants
  • Business Development – Detailed information on programs, grants, tax incentives, and applicable laws when starting, managing or growing your business in Connecticut
  • Business Recovery – A one-stop resource to help your business prepare, rebuild, and grow during the state’s emergency COVID-19 response


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