Governor Malloy: Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor


Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor
Terry Edelstein


The partnership of state agencies and private providers is integral for the delivery of services to many of our residents who require assistance in their lives. In recognition of this important relationship, and in support of the state's safety net, Governor Malloy established the position of Nonprofit Liaison. The Governor's Nonprofit Liaison interacts and communicates directly with the nonprofit community-based health and human services providers, as well as other nonprofit organizations, and advises the Governor with regard to policy initiatives and other measures that will benefit this partnership. The Nonprofit Liaison coordinates efforts to implement these policy reforms.


Governor Malloy appointed Terry Edelstein to serve as Nonprofit Liaison in August 2012.

In addition to her responsibilities in this role, Terry serves as co-chair of the
Governor's Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services and is a member of the Lieutenant Governor's Health Care Cabinet and the Leadership Committee of the Legislature's CT Kids Report Card project. She has served as a member of the Governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. In June 2014 Governor Malloy appointed Terry to serve on his Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Working Group. Terry also serves on the Long Term Recovery Committee of the State’s Disaster Recovery System.


Prior to her appointment, she served as the President/CEO of the Connecticut Community Providers Association.






Terry Edelstein, Governor's Nonprofit Liaison
Governor's Office
Connecticut State Capitol, Room 412
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

(860) 524-7385







To be included on the Nonprofit Liaison's mailing list, send an e-mail to Amy Tibor at or call Amy at 860-418-6287.


·         Nonprofit Liaison mailing list – receive occasional alerts, news briefings and updates

·         The Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services mailing list – receive news about the work of the Cabinet including meeting announcements and materials







Make sure that your organization is signed up to receive daily procurement notices from the CT Department of Administrative Services. This is the best way to keep apprised of state funding opportunities, including the Nonprofit Grant Program. Instructions for this quick and easy process can be found at the following DAS webpage: Up to date information about pending RFPs







Governor Malloy issued a media release April 9, 2015 announcing the third round of Nonprofit Grant Program funding.


The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) issued a formal Request for Applications (RFA) for the Nonprofit Grant Program, with applications due by June 26, 2015, for approximately $30 million in available funds. Guidelines and application instructions are available on the OPM and Department of Administrative Services websites.


Eligible applicants are private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and that receive funds from the State to provide direct health and human services to State agency clients.


Read the full RFA here.


Also see the Nonprofit Grant Program page on the OPM website.


Examples of eligible projects for Round Three funding include:

·         Facility alterations, renovations, improvement, additions and new construction;

·         Property acquisition

·         Improvements related to health, safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;

·         Energy conservation, improvements or projects;

·         Information technology projects, including encryption or client confidentiality systems;

·         Technology that promotes client independence;

·         Generators;

·         Acquisition and upgrades to electronic health or medical records and other health information technology systems; and

·         Purchase of vehicles;


There are two pools for grant awards:

·         Up to $12.5 million may be reserved for projects requesting funding in an amount greater than $1.0 million, but no more than $3.0 million; however, applications for these awards must include supplemental matching funds equal to at least 25% of the Nonprofit Grant Program award. Matching funds may not include other state funds or the inclusion of provider non-cash in-kind contributions.

·         For the remaining funds, grant awards will be limited to no more than $1.0 million for any award or nonprofit provider per year. $35,000 minimum cost per project.


For more information, contact the official Nonprofit Grant Program agency contact:


Valerie Clark

Fiscal Administrative Manager, OPM

(860) 418-6313






The Nonprofit Toolkit, a compilation of some of the information most frequently requested of this office, was first released March 27, 2015 with a second edition now available. The Toolkit is available for download as a PDF. This resource is constantly evolving and will continue to be updated in the “Resources” section below.


If you have further questions about this resource or would like to provide feedback, including suggestions for additional sections, please contact:


Brandon Cirillo, Public Policy Intern to the Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor


Phone: (860) 524-7305







The Governor’s Lean Initiative is underway, and the public is invited to attend the second annual “Lean Showcase” on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the North Lobby at the State Capitol. Fourteen agencies (DEEP, DOT, DRS, DPH, DOC, DSS, DECD, DMV, DOH, CHFA, DOL, DDS, OPM, and DAS) will exhibit their Lean projects and associated results.







Thanks to Senator Blumenthal’s Office for providing the following information.


Senator Blumenthal’s Office has offered assistance for any interested applicants regarding preparation of their application or guidance with project development. Please feel free to contact:


Riju Das, Office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal




The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued notice of a grant to support the training of teachers and of a broad array of advocates at the community level who interact with youth through their programs in Mental Health First Aid or in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Implementation of this program is expected to increase the mental health literacy among youth-serving adults, policy-makers, and administrators of programs serving youth.


DeadlineFriday, May 1, 2015




FEMA Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued notice of 2 grant opportunities to support security enhancements for which nonprofit organizations are eligible.


DeadlineTuesday, May 19, 2015 by 11:59 p.m. through


FY 2015 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)
In FY 2015, the NSGP provides $13,000,000 in funding to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with state and local preparedness efforts, and provide support for hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack and located within one of the specific UASI-eligible Urban Areas.


FY 2015 Homeland Security Grant Program: Urban Area Security Initiative
In FY 2015, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program provides $587,000,000 to address the unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas, and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.


Additional questions may be directed to a FEMA Headquarters Program Analyst or to the Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk at or by calling (800) 368-6498.







The full 2014 report of the Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services can be found online as a PDF.


For more information about the Cabinet, including archived meeting materials and supplementary appendix materials, please visit the Cabinet’s website.








Launched March 2014, the CT Open Data Portal is a valuable resource that allows widespread amounts of raw government data to be collected, placed on the internet, and shared with the public in an effort to increase government efficiency and transparency. The website can be found at and is continuously evolving with new data sets added and updated.


The public is also encouraged to request data sets that are not yet listed on the portal. Requests can be submitted here.


The Governor has designated Tyler Kleykamp as Chief Data Officer.


Members of the Open Data Advisory Panel and past meeting information, including minutes, can be found here.







Valerie Clark, Fiscal Administrative Manager, OPM Office of Finance has been making some helpful changes to the OPM Office of Finance website, including an updated Purchase of Service (POS) webpage, which includes information on the new Uniform Chart of Accounts, as well as a new POS Efficiency Report webpage, including the report and POS agency responses.







I welcome the opportunity to meet with your associations and your boards of directors. You can contact me at to arrange a meeting.







Nonprofit Toolkit

·         Nonprofit Toolkit: A Compilation of Resources (Last Update: 4-10-2015)


Pay for Success Resources and Opportunities

·         Pay for Success Learning Hub Library (Nonprofit Finance Fund)

·         Pay for Success Resources for Early Childhood (Institute for Child Success)

·         CNCS Social Innovation Fund: List of Requests for Proposals

·         Using Pay for Success in Social Justice Systems (National Council on Crime & Delinquency)

·         Third Sector's SIF Pay for Success Competition

·         Pay for Success Child Care Financing: Challenges and Opportunities (Institute for Child Success)

·         Assessing Nonprofit Risk in PFS Deals (Center for Employment Opportunities)

·         Foundations for Social Impact Bonds (Social Finance U.S.)


Department of Economic and Community Development

·         Business Development

·         Technical Assistance

·         Small Business Express

·         DECD Presentation to the Business Practice Improvement Subcommittee of the Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services about ways to access DECD funds


Department of Administrative Services

·         Up-to-date information about pending RFPs


Judicial Branch

·         Judicial RFPs


Archived Resources

·         Advocacy Tips  |  Visit the Connecticut General Assembly Website

·         Access Health CT & the Affordable Care Act: Healthcare Options for Nonprofit Organizations (Presentations from October 2014)

·         Report on P.A. 11-242 Regarding Uniform Licensing and Deemed Status for Healthcare Providers







·         RFA Released for Nonprofit Grant Program, 2 Federal Grant Opportunities, LeanCT Showcase, and Other Updates 4-9-15

·         Nonprofit Toolkit Released, Grant Opportunities, and Other Updates 3-19-15

·         Nonprofit Grant Program RFA Pending, Gov. Speaks to CT Nonprofit Human Services Alliance, Grant Opportunities from CHEFA, and Other Updates  2-10-15

·         Social Innovation Fund Grant, Report on P.A. 11-242 Regarding Uniform Licensing, Nonprofit Grant Program, Advocacy Tips, and Other Updates for Nonprofits 1-30-15

·         Nonprofit Grant Program, Pay for Success Funding Opportunities & Resources, and Other Updates 1-8-2015

·         Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program, Access Health CT Info, and Other Nonprofit Briefing Updates 11-10-2014

·         Emergency Information Regarding Ebola Outbreak 10-17-2014

·         Healthcare Options, FEMA Seeking Comments, Nonprofit Toolkit Being Created, and Other Nonprofit Briefing Updates 10-14-2014

·         Healthcare Options, DCP Symposium, Emergency Communications, and Other Nonprofit Briefing Updates 9-26-2014

·         Lean Training Opportunities, and Other Nonprofit Briefing Updates 8-12-2014

·         CT Department of Housing to Open HCV & RAP Waiting Lists, “Shore Up CT” Provides Assistance to Shoreline Homes and Businesses, & Other News 7-29-2014

·         Grants Fair to be Hosted by Connecticut's Congressional Delegation and Other News 7-17-14

·         Summer updates from Gov. Malloy's Nonprofits Liaison 6-20-2014

·         Nonprofit Grant Program Update and other News 3-13-2014

·         Budget Highlights and Other News 2-19-2014

·         Opportunities & Updates from the Office of the Governor's Nonprofit Liaison 1-9-2014

·         Opportunities & Updates from the Office of the Governor’s Nonprofit Liaison 12-9-2013

·         Government Shutdown Info; Nonprofit Grant Program Update; Block Grant Public Hearings 10-1-2013

·         Funding Opportunities for Nonprofit Organizations & Other Updates 8-29-2013

·         Nonprofit Liaison Briefing 7-12-2013

·         Affordable Care Act (ACA) Training Sessions Announcement 6-22-2013

·         Nonprofit Liaison Briefing Updates ACA RFP 5-29-2013

·         Nonprofit Liaison Emergency Disaster Relief Briefing  3-28-2013

·         FEMA and Nonprofit Liaison Updates 11-29-2012

·         Nonprofit Liaison Welcome & Update 11-2-2012

·         Hurricane Sandy News & Information 10-29-2012