WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Saturday announced the inclusion of more than $35.68 million in the second and final fiscal year 2024 appropriations package passed by the U.S. Senate. The bill will fund 38 congressionally directed spending projects requested by Murphy and Blumenthal.                                                                                    

“This funding package is full of big wins for Connecticut, including more than $35 million to make sure local organizations have the necessary resources to do what they do best – serve their community. These projects will help workers learn new skills to secure good-paying jobs, expand access to mental health services, support small businesses, give kids better educational opportunities, and upgrade aging water infrastructure. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’m proud to have worked with Senator Blumenthal to advocate for these programs and I look forward to seeing them make a difference in our state,” said Murphy.

“These federal funds are another tremendous win for Connecticut. Communities can count on robust federal funding for urgent needs—from preventing devastating flooding, to job training that will bolster our state’s workforce, to crucial funding for mental health care and violence prevention. These projects will be transformational for their communities and I am proud to have fought alongside Senator Murphy to deliver this infusion of federal support to Connecticut,” said Blumenthal.

In the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, there is $25.68 million for Connecticut workforce development, health, and education projects, including:

  • $350,000 for Connecticut NAACP to support its One Million Jobs Campaign, which creates a supportive pipeline into good-paying jobs for individuals impacted by the criminal justice system
  • $876,000 for Capital Workforce Partners Inc. for its On-Ramps to Infrastructure program, which provides training opportunities for jobs in the infrastructure sector
  • $150,000 for CitySeed to support a culinary training program serving refugees and immigrants
  • $1,188,000 for Workforce Alliance to establish a Healthcare Advancement Program (HCAP) to help individuals enter careers in the healthcare industry
  • $1,403,000 for Klingberg Family Centers, in partnership with CIL Community Resources Inc., to renovate youth and family mental health facility after flood damage
  • $5,000,000 for the City of Waterbury to equip mobile school-based health centers
  • $232,000 for Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington to purchase equipment for a rural health center in North Canaan
  • $156,000 for the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective to upgrade its dental clinic
  • $2,000,000 for Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut for facility upgrades.
  • $750,000 for Stamford Health to expand its inpatient adult psychiatric unit
  • $449,000 for The Jackson Laboratory for equipment at an endometriosis laboratory
  • $616,000 for Catholic Charities to expand its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for individuals with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders
  • $1,398,000 for Mid Fairfield Child Guidance Center to hire bilingual care coordinators and clinicians
  • $500,000 for Mothers United Against Violence for trauma support and mental health services
  • $330,000 for Staywell Health Center for a support the work of the Greater Waterbury Health Partnership program
  • $335,000 for United Community and Family Servicers to expand its medication-assisted therapy program
  • $150,000 for Annie C. Courtney Foundation to provide job training opportunities for justice-involved foster youth
  • $355,000 for R Kids to support work of its Resiliency Center, which is a trauma-focused day care center  
  • $1,274,000 for Saint Francis Hospital to fund a community health worker program
  • $230,000 for TEAM Inc to run a health food access program
  • $706,000 for Bridgeport Public Schools to create support teams of social workers and school counselors to help address social-emotional and mental health needs of students
  • $200,000 for Building One Community to expand afterschool enrichment programming for low-income immigrant youth
  • $1,500,000 for the New Haven Public Schools to support its BioCity Academy
  • $1,162,000 for Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic to improve mental health services within Hamden Public Schools
  • $1,875,000 for Danbury Public Schools to support a curriculum redesign project
  • $155,000 for Make the Road CT to improve college access for youth from historically underserved communities
  • $570,000 for Mystic Seaport Museum to support its mentoring and STEM education youth programming
  • $264,000 for Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Waterbury and Bridge to Success to serve disengaged and marginalized youth adversely effected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • $750,000 for Our Piece of the Pie to provide young adults in foster care with academic support, life skills, college exploration opportunities, and job readiness training
  • $200,000 for Stamford Public Education Foundation to fund its summer start program, a summer program for early learners
  • $59,000 for The Ethan Miller Song Foundation to fund a firearm safety curriculum
  • $85,000 for the Waterbury School District to hire an attendance coordinator
  • $300,000 for the University of Hartford to fund a collaboration with school districts to create innovative pathways to teacher certification 
  • $116,000 for Hartford Promise to fund an unpaid internship support program

In the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, there is $4.5 million for Connecticut priorities including:

  • $4.5 million for the City of Hartford’s North Main Street Corridor Drainage System to improve storm water drainage systems in the northeast Hartford

In the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, there is $5.5 million to support Connecticut small businesses, including:

  • $500,000 for ClimateHaven to build out climate tech prototyping lab
  • $4 million for ConnCORP to build new incubator space for startups
  • $1 million for the Hispanic Federation to support their Crear y Crecer su Negocio program to support Latino-owned businesses