CHEFA Announces FY 2022 Targeted Grant Program Letter of Interest RFP
for statewide Workforce Development to open June 14, 2021
Nonprofit organizations, and public educational institutions as defined under C.G.S. §10a-1, will be eligible to apply for the FY 2022 CHEFA Targeted Grant Program through a Letter of Interest (LOI) RFP. The focus for the program will be statewide workforce development; programs must be operational in at least three Connecticut counties in order to be eligible. A particular emphasis will be on programs that do not receive federal and other government funding or fill gaps in federal/government funding. The LOI will open on June 14, 2021, with a due date of July 12, 2021.
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we will utilize a LOI process, prior to a full application process. After a thorough committee review of all LOIs, a group of organizations will be invited to submit full applications. All organizations will be notified of results of invitation to apply, or declination by August 30, 2021.
The RFP guidelines and instructions for applying are included here.
For more information, please contact Betty Sugerman Weintraub, Grant Program Manager at email@example.com or 860-761-8428.
Grant Management System
Are you looking for the link to our Grant Management System to file a report? If so, please contact Betty at the email/phone number listed above and she will send you the link. If Betty is not available, please contact Kara Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
FY 2020 CHEFA Targeted Grant Program Makes Major $1M Commitment to Supporting Connecticut’s Workforce
In an effort to support workforce and economic development in the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA or Authority), is proud to announce a major commitment to statewide workforce initiatives. CHEFA’s Board of Directors met on January 15th and awarded FY 2020 Targeted Grant Program grants totaling $1 Million Dollars to four organizations. The following entities and programs each received a grant in the amount of $250,000:
Career Resources, Inc. - To Support the STRIVE Program, Workforce Development and Job Readiness Training for employment challenged and formerly justice-involved individuals, in four cities (Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury), and to start a pre-release program at York Correctional Facility and Cheshire Correctional Facility TRUE Unit.
Statewide Workforce Development Boards – To Support First-Time Employment for Opportunity Youth (ages 16-24) Summer (in-school youth) and year-round (out of school youth).
Working Cities Challenge (fiscal agent CT Council for Philanthropy) – To support a major workforce and economic development initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Five Connecticut cities (Danbury, East Hartford, Hartford, Middletown, Waterbury) have been designated as Working Cities and focus on community driven solutions to workforce issues in their communities.
Statewide Workforce Development Boards – To Support Training and Remove Barriers to Employment (childcare, transportation, training costs, certification fees, work-related necessities) for job growth sectors (Manufacturing, Healthcare, IT, Logistics and Transportation, Hospitality) through the statewide American Job Centers.
In 2019, the CHEFA Board of Directors voted to align the FY 2019-FY 2021 Targeted Grant Program (addressing an impactful statewide need in multiple communities) with their three year Strategic Plan Pillar of “Economic and Workforce Development for the Public Good” by awarding grants over $100,000 to statewide workforce initiatives. Workforce Development fits within CHEFA’s Grant Program Priority of Education.
“Workforce is one of the seminal issues for the State of Connecticut. Investing in the current and future workforce will help to ensure the vitality of the state. We are proud to support efforts to facilitate employment for Opportunity Youth; individuals formerly justice system involved; those facing barriers to employment and training; as well as the Working Cities Challenge communities focused on grass-roots level economic and workforce development” said Estela Lopez, CHEFA Grant Committee Chairperson and Board Member.
CHEFA provides access to tax-exempt financing and other financial assistance to educational institutions, healthcare providers, childcare providers and other eligible not-for-profit entities.
CHEFA established the Grant Program in 2002 to provide nonprofit organizations, operating or seeking to operate a program(s) in Connecticut, with the opportunity to access funding through competitive grants. Since inception, CHEFA Grant Programs have provided over $33 million dollars to Connecticut nonprofit organizations. This program was made possible through the fiscally responsible management of the Authority by CHEFA Officers and Board of Directors, and UTILIZES NO STATE OF CONNECTICUT FUNDS.