PURA Awards $7MM in PEGPETIA in Grants
Recipients includes Schools and Public Access Studios
Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) today issued a Final Decision in its proceeding regarding the funding of the Public Educational and Governmental Programming and Educational Technology Investment Account (PEGPETIA), taking action to award $7 million in grants to 96 recipients.
The PEGPETIA program was initially established by Public Act 07-253 to promote and improve public, educational, and governmental programming in Connecticut, as well as to fund education and technology initiatives. In 2019, seven million dollars was transferred from the state’s General Fund into the PEGPETIA as a result of a legislative directive under Section 370 of Public Act 19-117. In October, PURA announced several modifications to the grant eligibility requirements and criteria in order to better assign these much sought-after dollars. PURA subsequently publicized that it was accepting applications for the funding beginning November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.
PURA received a total of 101 applications for PEGPETIA funds. The total amount requested from all applicants totaled $11,523,708.19, and grant requests ranged from a low of $16,655.36 to a high of $521,269.
After careful consideration of grant eligibility requirements and application guidelines, PURA awarded a total of $6,999,437.68 in PEGPETIA funds to 96 qualified applicants. PURA recognizes the great need for these funds in our communities, and applauds the enthusiastic participants in this space.
“We are immensely hopeful that with these grants will come improvements and enrichments to the state’s public, educational and governmental programming and education technology initiatives,” said Marissa P. Gillett, PURA chairman. “PURA recognizes that given the public health emergency, these funds are needed more than ever, and we have included some flexibility in our awards for the recipients to expend the dollars on enhancements that would support remote work and learning.”