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Conn. grant program established for HVAC upgrades in schools

Connecticut is making $150 million available toward a newly established state grant program for upgrades for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in schools.

The grants will supplement more than $165 million that schools have already committed for air filtration improvements since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic through funding they received from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.  The initial allocation is being supported through two revenue streams, with $75 million coming from state bond funding and the remainder from the state’s share of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds. 

This initial allocation is a first investment in the program, and additional rounds of funding can be invested as needed, subject to approval from the state legislature.  Applications from school districts are now being accepted and must be submitted to the state by December 1st. Municipalities will be required to provide matching grants to fund the project costs. Award notices will be announced in early 2023.

Distribution of the grants will be prioritized based on age and condition of the current HVAC system or equipment being replaced or upgraded in the school; current air quality issues at the school; age and condition of the overall school building; availability of maintenance records; plans for routine maintenance and cleaning and local ability to finance the remainder of the costs for such project among others.

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