Governor announces first round of state grants for local nonprofits

Thursday Governor Dannel Malloy announced that 146 projects were selected to receive a total of $20 million in awards as part of the state’s Nonprofit Grant Program.
In Bristol, the Bristol Adult Resource Center will be receiving a $70,000 grant for a new vehicle, and the St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol will be receiving a total grant of $120,640, which includes $87,600 for improvements and $33,040 for renovations at the shelter.
In Plainville, Wheeler Clinic, Inc. will be receiving a grant of $877,500 for its informational technology systems.
“Partnering with these 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,” Malloy said in a press release. “This is the largest commitment our state has made to support and invest in these community-based organizations that provide critical services to individuals in every city and town in our state.”
The press release said the purpose of the Nonprofit Grant Program “is to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, safety and/or accessibility of health and human services being delivered by nonprofit organizations. The program was designed to invest in nonprofit providers that have contracts or agreements with state agencies.”
Grants were awarded to 81 nonprofit agencies among 38 cities and towns, and projects included: Renovations, Improvements and Health and Safety Projects in the amount of $10,874,563; Information Technology/Emergency Medical Records in the amount of $3,688,775; Vehicle Purchases in the amount of $3,036,302; Energy Upgrades/Improvements in the amount of $2,400,360.
Malloy said another round of funding will be announced when additional funding is available after July 1.
“In addition, Governor Malloy’s budget proposal recommends an additional $30 million for nonprofit organizations in FY15 bringing the total funding amount that year to $50 million,” the release added.