Connecticut's Manufacturing Voucher Program has helped hundreds of manufacturers improve the efficiency and profitability of their businesses for many years.
The program traditionally provides manufacturers the opportunity to apply for up to $50,000 maximum lifetime grants for these purposes.
Due to the immediate and overwhelming need for COVID-19 related equipment by healthcare professionals, first responders, and other essential operations, the advisory board of the Manufacturing Innovation Fund, which oversees the use of MVP funds and other manufacturing assistance programs, approved a repurposing of the program effective immediately.
Eligible manufacturers can apply for grants up to $75,000 for realigning or expanding capacity and capabilities to address shortages of critical medical equipment and supplies.
These include, but are not limited to, eye protection, face shields, isolation gowns, face masks and respirators.
Processing of projects that are not related to addressing COVID-19 shortages will be put on hold at least through the end of April.
Manufacturers who have previously received funding under MVP may nevertheless apply for up to the maximum $75,000.
Manufacturers may access the application form here.
The state Department of Economic and Community Development will make determinations on applications based on priority needs.