New Milford Mayor Pete Bass is reminding businesses about a new grant from the state. Small businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut with a 2019 annualized payroll of less than $1.5 million or 20 or fewer employees can receive a one-time grant of $5,000. All funding will be disbursed by the end of December and will not require repayment. The grant can be used for rent, payroll, utilities, inventory or complying with the Reopen Rules. The $50 million program, funded from Connecticut’s portion of the federal CARES Act, will provide aid to small businesses and nonprofits that continue to be negatively impacted by COVID-19. The grant application will only be available for a limited time, closing by Thursday, November 19. That is all dependent on demand. Bass encouraged entities to apply as soon as possible.