From L to R, Dr. Estela R. Lopez, Grant Chairperson, CHEFA Board of Directors; Jeanette W. Weldon, Executive Director, CHEFA; Mike Jacabacci, Director of Facilities at Stepping Stones Museum for Children; and Betty Sugerman Weintraub, Grant Program Manager, CHEFA, at the recent Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) 2018 Nonprofit Grant Award Presentation ceremony in Hartford. Stepping Stones received $75,000 for roof repairs. (contributed photo)
Norwalk, CT - Stepping Stones Museum for Children accepted a $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) at the 2018 Nonprofit Grant Award Presentation on June 27. The annual ceremony was held at CHEFA’s offices in Hartford. Stepping Stones will use the funds to replace and improve the museum’s original roof as part of a renovation project that will enhance the visitor experience.
Stepping Stones was one of sixteen awardees to receive grants totaling more than $1 million. Each recipient had the opportunity to share how the funds were going to be allocated for their non-profit organization. Mike Jacabacci, Director of Facilities at Stepping Stones, was on hand to receive the check from CHEFA on the museum’s behalf and explained that the museum is looking to start and complete the project in September, weather permitting.
“The new roof will be LEED Gold certified and includes solar panels, durable materials and even a wind turbine.” said Jacabacci. “We are extremely grateful to receive this grant to improve efficiency, conserve resources, and most importantly continue to provide a fun-filled experience for every guest who visits our museum.”
Award selection was based on criteria that includes but is not limited to: alignment with CHEFA focus areas for this capital project/purchase or program, need for the capital project/purchase or program, projected impact on the target population from the grant, applicant organization’s need for support, budget information provided, and evidence of effective organizational management.