Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the launch of the state\u2019s Nonprofit Grant Program \u2014 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. \u201cConnecticut\u2019s nonprofit organizations serve every resident of Connecticut and play a substantial role in maintaining our safety net,\u201d Malloy said. \u201cPartnering 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.\u201d \u2018Service delivery, efficiency and effectiveness\u2019 Malloy proposed creating the program earlier this year as a way of helping nonprofit health and human service agencies ensure that their funding goes toward assisting those most in need of their services. \u201cBy 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 \u2014 getting services to those who need them most,\u201d he said. How the grant process works Under legislation adopted during this year\u2019s 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 state Office of Policy and Management (OPM). Applications for the first round of funding must be received by Oct. 4. Guidelines and application instructions will be made available on the OPM (www.ct.gov\/opm) and state Department of Administrative Services (http:\/\/das.ct.gov\/cr1.aspx?page=12) websites. Grant awards will be limited to generally no more than $1 million for any project or nonprofit provider per year, and typically should not exceed 25% of the annual amount of state and state-administered federal funding received through health and human services contracts or agreements. Who is eligible Eligible applicants are qualified health and human services organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time, that have contracts or agreements with state agencies, including the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch, to provide direct health and human services to agency clients and populations in Connecticut.