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CHEFA Funds Statewide Effort to Support COVID-19 Response-Provides $3M in Assistance to Healthcare, Education, Childcare and Cultural Organizations Throughout Connecticut

Wednesday June 24, 2020-The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) Board of Directors awarded $3M in grants as part of the newly established FY 2021 CHEFA COVID-19 Grant Program. 

Jeanette W. Weldon, CHEFA Executive Director stated, “Many Connecticut residents are suffering as a result of the COVID crisis.  These CHEFA grants will help fund critical supports and initiatives and will have impact throughout the state. We are pleased that the CHEFA Board chose to redirect our philanthropic dollars to meet this need.”

The FY 2021 CHEFA COVID-19 Grant Program will provide funding for statewide efforts to aid Connecticut communities and residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CHEFA is one of a few major philanthropic entities providing funds statewide to assist Connecticut nonprofit organizations or public educational units with major program or capital expenditures in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Betty Sugerman Weintraub, CHEFA Grant Program Manager stated, “In response to these unprecedented times, CHEFA has shown its leadership by replacing all of its typical FY 2021 grant programs with a COVID-19 Grant Program. The $3 Million dollars awarded by the board will support significant efforts addressing the effects of the pandemic”. 

The FY 2021 CHEFA COVID-19 Grant Program will support COVID-19 related initiatives in all eight counties throughout Connecticut as well as organizations in the four CHEFA priority areas of healthcare, education, childcare and cultural. While the state begins to reopen, this critical funding will help important organizations and institutions build their capacity to respond to the new challenges posed by the pandemic, now and in the future. 

The Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority (CHEFA) is a quasi-public organization that provides access to tax-exempt financing, grants and other financial assistance to educational institutions, healthcare providers, childcare providers and other qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations. CHEFA has issued over $21.3B in bonds since 1965 and awarded more than $38M in grants since 2002. CHEFA is a self-supporting entity; receiving no state funds or taxpayer dollars.  

Contact: Betty Sugerman Weintraub
CHEFA Grant Program Manager
(860) 761-8428

Learn more about the CHEFA Grant Program

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