SOUTH WINDSOR, CT — Governor Ned Lamont announced Monday he has approved more than $11 million in state funding for grants through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program, or STEAP Grant program, including funding for a capital improvement project which will benefit residents of South Windsor. The local grant is one of 94 going to "small towns" across Connecticut for various infrastructure.
South Windsor's grant is for $92,900.84 in state funding which has been approved to install electronic emergency message signs. This will be matched by $92,900.84 from the town.
It is the first time since 2016 that the state has awarded STEAP funding. Lamont said that he reinstated the program in an effort to support Connecticut's municipalities while implementing projects that will give a boost to the economy and help in their response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
For the 2020 round of funding, Lamont implemented a special coronavirus provision to assist towns with expenditures related to their ongoing response to the pandemic, including new construction, expansion, renovation or replacement of existing facilities.
"Our small towns have been hit hard by COVID-19 and are in need of our help to fund these projects," Lamont said. "Simply put, some of our small towns need to modernize their infrastructure so that we can support efforts to grow the economy but lack the property tax base they need to fully fund these projects on their own. The state can and should do what we can to help with these costs as these small towns drive tourism, honor our deep and celebrated history, and provide us with family-friendly getaways that are part of the New England experience."
State Sen. Saud Anwar, whose district includes South Windsor, said in a written statement, "This new funding will benefit our communities by supporting local outdoor usage and spreading more efficient information in times of emergencies. I am thankful Governor Lamont had the foresight to recognize the importance of these projects and that the state will support them."