HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced the launch of the state’s first-ever Nonprofit Grant Program — a new state bond pool specifically designated for nonprofit community-based organizations that provide health and human services through contracts or agreements with state agencies.  The program will help nonprofit providers that do business with the state invest in projects that will achieve new efficiencies so they can enhance the delivery of services.

“Connecticut’s nonprofit organizations serve every resident of Connecticut and play a substantial role in maintaining our safety net,” said Malloy.  “Partnering with our nonprofit organizations is a smart fiscal investment to ensure that these agencies can continue to provide services while doing so in an efficient, cost-effective way.”

“By supporting capital purchases that enhance service delivery, efficiency and effectiveness and addressing health, safety and accessibility issues, nonprofit agencies can focus on what they do best — getting services to those who need them most.”

Under legislation adopted during the most recent legislative session, the State Bond Commission is authorized to issue up to $20 million in bonding to support eligible projects, which are dependent upon the review and approval of the Office of Policy & Management (OPM).

Applications for the first round of funding must be received by October 4. Guidelines and application information will be available on the OPM and Department of Administrative Services websites.