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Incentives & Credits



Whatever size your business, whatever industry, whatever development stage, the state of Delaware may have an incentive or tax credit that can help you secure new capital or keep more revenue. Learn more below about the state’s various programs to grow the state’s economy through helping companies, like yours, succeed.

Incentive Programs


Angel Investor Tax Credit provides a refundable tax credit for qualified investors in innovative, Delaware-based small businesses – connecting talented, high-tech entrepreneurs with new sources of capital. Find more information on business eligibility and investor qualifications.

Delaware Strategic Fund is the Division’s primary funding source to support business retention and expansion through grants and low-interest loans to projects that grow the state’s economy in a significant way.*

EDGE Grants provide matching grants to young Delaware small businesses through on-going rounds of a competitive selection process. STEM-based companies can receive up to $100,000 for eligible expenses, and other businesses can get up to $50,000.

Delaware Capital Access Program and State Small Business Credit Initiative Participation Loan help lenders to provide financing to businesses deemed too risky for the traditional banking model due to minor collateral or credit issues.

Delaware Technical Innovation Program offers transition grants for companies that have completed Phase I and applied for Phase II of the federal Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer programs as they work to bring new products to market.

Tax-Exempt Bond Financing allows the Division to act as the conduit issuer on bond for tax-exempt, non-profit organizations. (click the link to access current TEFRA notices)

Brownfield Assistance Program offers matching grants to property owners and developers to encourage redevelopment of environmentally stressed sites.*

Workforce Training Grant is a matching program that funds specialized training for companies of up to $100,000 per project.

Click here for more information on applying for an incentive.

*Applications for this program must go before the Council on Development Finance.

 

Tax Credits


The Division of Revenue administers tax credits related to economic development (list below). Click here to contact Revenue for more information and here to apply for a credit.

  • New Business Facility Tax Credit
  • New Economy Jobs Tax Credit
  • Research and Development Tax Credit
  • Green Industries/Brownfield Tax Credit
  • Land and Historic Resource Conservation Tax Credit
  • Historic Preservation Tax Credit
  • Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit
  • Business Finder’s Fee Tax Credit
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Hiring Tax Credit

The Delaware Economic Development Authority is the financing vehicle for the incentives programs administered through the Delaware Division of Small Business.


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