CHEFA Awards More Than $1 Million in Grants to Support Connecticut Healthcare, Education, and Childcare Organizations
December 2, 2021-The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) Board of Directors recently voted to award $1,050,056 in grant funding to sixteen organizations throughout Connecticut. CHEFA is one of the only funders providing grants statewide for programmatic and capital projects. The sixteen awards provide grants to entities in three out of the eight Connecticut counties, including: Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield. In addition, many of the programs funded by these grants will be conducted in multiple counties, and statewide.
The grants were made as part of the FY 2022 John M. Biancamano CHEFA Client Grant Program. The grants will support the work of organizations representing some of the most important sectors of Connecticut’s economy including the education, healthcare, and childcare sectors.
Betty Sugerman Weintraub, CHEFA Grant Program Manager stated “the grant awards continue to demonstrate CHEFA’s ongoing philanthropic leadership and commitment to supporting a diverse group of organizations providing vital services in communities throughout our State.”
Organizations receiving grants include The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Corporation in New Haven and the Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport. The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Corporation will use their CHEFA grant funding to renovate an existing commercial property into a future care site that will help provide increased access to primary and behavioral health care in an area of Hamden where the percentage of residents receiving Medicaid is nearly 50% higher than Hamden as a whole.
The Hall Neighborhood House (HNH) will use its CHEFA grant funding to remediate existing facilities and remove underlying lead hazards. The organization serves 265 infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It cares for another 50 children in the after-school enrichment and summer camp programs and 25 youth in the college and career preparation program. All children enrolled in HNH programs are low-income and 99% are children of color.
Jeanette W. Weldon, CHEFA Executive Director said “As we celebrate 20 years of the CHEFA Grant Program we are proud to assist these important organizations with their vital work. The grants represent investments in our core priority sectors at a critical time.”
CHEFA’s Grant Program was established in 2002 and has provided more than $35 million dollars since inception to CT nonprofit organizations supporting capital projects/purchases, and programs.