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Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP)  


Program Description

The Small Town Economic Assistance Program (CGS Section 4-66g) funds economic development, community conservation and quality of life projects for localities that are ineligible to receive Urban Action (CGS Section 4-66c) bonds.  This program is administered by the Office of Policy and Management.

Like Urban Action, STEAP funds are issued by the State Bond Commission and can only be used for capital projects.  Programmatic expenditures or recurring budget expenditures are not eligible for STEAP or any other state bond program.  However, some projects, while generally capital in nature, should not be funded with State bond money for various public policy reasons including but not limited to administrative improvements. Projects eligible for STEAP funds include:

1) economic development projects such as (a) constructing or rehabilitating commercial, industrial, or mixed-use structures and (b) constructing, reconstructing, or repairing roads, access ways, and other site improvements; 

2) recreation and solid waste disposal projects; 

3) social service-related projects, including day care centers, elderly centers, domestic violence and emergency homeless shelters, multi purpose human resource centers, and food distribution facilities; 

4) housing projects; 

5) pilot historic preservation and redevelopment programs that leverage private funds; and 

6) other kinds of development projects involving economic and community development, transportation, environmental protection, public safety, children and families and social service programs.

Eligibility

Localities may receive up to $500,000 per year if (1) they are not designated as a distressed municipality or a public investment community, and (2) the State Plan of Conservation and Development does not show them as having a regional center. 

Public Act 05-194 allows an Urban Act Town that is not designated as a regional center under the State Plan of Conservation and Development to opt out of the Urban Action program and become a STEAP town for a period of four years.  In order to effect this change, the Office of Policy and Management must receive a letter requesting the change from Urban Act to STEAP as well as proof that the legislative body has approved such a change.  Minutes from the legislative session as well as a resolution are acceptable methods of verification of the approval.

See list of current STEAP eligible localities.

NEW!!! STEAP FISCAL YEAR 2015 ANNOUNCEMENT

Governor Malloy is pleased to announce to all eligible Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) municipalities that the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is now accepting applications for funding under this program for fiscal year 2015. We made a great deal of progress over the past three and a half years, but there is more work to be done.  Our historic small towns are what make Connecticut Still Revolutionary and preserving their historical integrity and beauty is vital to our economy and quality of life.  As we continue to recover from hard economic times and begin to prepare our towns for another New England winter, preference this year will be given to projects that promote economic development, emergency preparedness and/or infrastructure repair.

 

Priority will be given to proposed projects which: generate economic development; create or retain jobs; improve quality of life for residents; can begin in the immediate future; and have secured necessary additional funds for the project.  Please note: only capital projects will be considered.  For more information on what is considered a capital project please refer to the introductory text on the application.

2015 STEAP APPLICATION:  Applications may be submitted anytime between now and November 28, 2014 for consideration this fiscal year. Applications must be submitted electronically at opm.steapapplications@ct.gov.  Decisions on awards will be announced on or before January 30, 2015.  While towns are encouraged to only submit priority projects, if multiple projects are submitted, an application must be completed for each project.  Please be sure to list the projects in order of priority in the space provided on the application.  Please review the application carefully as it has been revised.  Old versions of the application cannot be accepted.

FY 2015 STEAP will operate on a rolling basis with periodic announcements occurring up to the January 30, 2015 deadline.  Due to the high volume of applications and limited amount of available funding, towns are encouraged to apply early.  Upon receipt, OPM will review the applications with the appropriate state agencies to determine proposed project eligibility and readiness and consistency with the State Plan of Conservation and Development. 

Fillable PDF format (application) / Fillable Word format (application)

 

STEAP GRANT AWARDS:

Click to view list of FY2014 awards, FY2013 awards, FY2012 awards, FY2011 awards,

Important Note to Award Recipients

Please do not proceed with any anticipated STEAP-funded project work until you are fully aware of any contractual terms required by the administering agency.

Statutory Authority

C.G.S. 4-66g as amended by PA 09-2, Section 1, of the September Special Session.

Eligible Towns

Andover

Avon

Barkhamsted

Berlin

Bethany

Bethel

Bethlehem

Bolton

Bozrah

Branford

Bridgewater

Brookfield

Burlington

Canaan

Canton

Cheshire

Chester

Clinton

Colebrook

Columbia

Cornwall

Coventry

Cromwell

Darien

Deep River

Durham

Eastford

East Granby

East Haddam

East Lyme

Easton

Ellington

Essex

Farmington

Fairfield

Franklin

Glastonbury

Goshen

Granby

Greenwich

Guilford

Haddam

Hartland

Harwinton

Hebron

Kent

Killingworth

Lebanon

Ledyard

Lisbon

Litchfield

Lyme

Madison

Mansfield

Marlborough

Middlebury

Middlefield

Milford

Monroe

Montville

Morris

New Canaan

New Fairfield

New Hartford

New Milford

Newington

Newtown

Norfolk

North Branford

North Haven

North Stonington  

Old Lyme

Old Saybrook  

Orange

Oxford

Pomfret

Preston

Prospect

Redding

Ridgefield

Rocky Hill

Roxbury

Salem

Salisbury

Scotland

Sharon

Sherman

Simsbury

Somers

Southbury

Southington

South Windsor  

Stonington

Suffield

Tolland

Trumbull

Union

Wallingford

Warren

Washington

Waterford

Watertown

Westbrook

Weston

Westport

Willington

Wilton

Windsor Locks

Woodbridge

Woodbury

Woodstock

STEAP Towns Pursuant to Public Act 05-194 Changes

The following towns have opted into the STEAP program.
 
Town Effective Date Town Effective Date
Ashford  7/18/2012 Portland  9/15/2010
Beacon Falls  2/29/2008 Putnam 9/7/2010
Brooklyn  2/19/2013 Seymour   9/7/2010
Canterbury  2/19/2013 Sprague  2/19/2013
Chaplin  2/19/2013 Stafford  9/20/2010
Colchester  2/19/2013 Sterling  2/19/2013
East Hampton  2/19/2013 Thomaston  9/7/2010
Griswold  2/19/2013 Thompson  9/7/2010
Hampton  9/29/2009 Voluntown  9/7/2010
Milford  7/26/2013 Wethersfield  2/19/2013
North Canaan  9/30/2011 Windsor Locks  6/7/2011
Plainfield  9/3/2010  Winchester   9/8/2010
Plymouth  10/5/2010 Wolcott  8/20/14
For more information contact:
Meagan Occhiogrosso
Phone:  860-418-6381 or 





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