Hartford is offering 20 grants of up to $7,500 each to small, for-profit businesses seeking to increase business activity, build capacity, retain jobs, and make neighborhoods more attractive for future investment.

The $150,000 in grants is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program.

It's open to Hartford businesses with 10 or fewer employees.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said priority will be given to businesses located on main commercial corridors.

"We encourage small businesses across our city to apply, and we're proud to be able to partner with our small businesses to help them grow," Bronin said.

The Hartford program has specific guidelines, including that applicants must have a physical address, be up to date on all federal, state, and local taxes, and have proof the business is registered with the Secretary of State.

Applications are available online and must be submitted by June 21.

For more information, email Lynda Crespo or Don Chapman at the City of Hartford.