California Health Facilities Financing Authority

Children's Hospital Program

Improves the health and welfare of California's critically ill children by providing
a stable and ready source of funds for capital improvement projects.

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If you have any questions about the Children's Hospital Program, please contact CHFFA.

Children's Hospital Program of 2008 (Proposition 3)

Children's Hospital Program of 2004 (Proposition 61)

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Children's Hospital Bond Act of 2018

On November 6, 2018, California voters passed Proposition 4, which enabled California to issue an additional $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds to fund the Children’s Hospital Program of 2018 under Health and Safety Code Sections 1179.81-1179.102. Eight private non-profit children’s hospitals are each eligible for $135 million, five University of California Children’s Hospitals are each eligible for $54 million, and public or private nonprofit hospitals that provide pediatric services for children eligible for California Children’s Services (“CCS”) are eligible for $150 million in total.

Permanent Regulations (Effective January 16, 2020)

The regulations governing the Children’s Hospital Program of 2018 were approved by the Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State on January 16, 2020, thereby making the regulations permanent.

The Applications for the Children’s Hospitals and Eligible Hospitals are provided in the “Currently Accepting Applications” table below.

Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018 - Currently Accepting Applications
Grant Application for Eligible Hospitals
Form No. CHFFA 10 CHP18-EH (10/2019)
Grant Application for Children’s Hospitals
Form No. CHFFA 10 CHP18-CH (10/2019)
Grant awards for Eligible Hospitals will be made on a competitive basis. 

Applications for the first funding round for Eligible Hospitals must be received by CHFFA by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on March 30, 2020.

NOTE:  No Grant to any Eligible Hospital may exceed $15 million less Costs of Issuance and Administrative Costs.  Each Eligible Hospital is limited to a single Grant award.
Applications for the first funding round for Children’s Hospitals are being accepted on an on-going basis until the funding for the Children’s Hospitals is exhausted.

Due on the first business day of each month, with the following exceptions:

  • For October, applications are due
    October 7
  • Applications are not accepted in November

Children's Hospital Bond Act of 2008

On November 4, 2008, California voters passed Proposition 3, which enabled California to issue an additional $980 million in general obligation bonds to fund the Children’s Hospital Program of 2008 under Health and Safety Code, Sections 1179.50-1179.72. Eight private non-profit children’s hospitals are each eligible for $98 million and five University of California Children’s Hospitals are each eligible for $39.2 million.

Regulations (Effective October 31, 2018)

CHFFA adopted amendments to the Children’s Hospital Program of 2008 regulations that became permanent on October 31, 2018 establishing a new timeframe and application form for a Second Funding Round for children’s hospitals. The Application Form was revised for the Second Funding Round which opened July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2022.

Children’s Hospital Program of 2008 funds in the amount of $243,006.87 became available on November 1, 2019 for the Second Funding Round. These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis for applications received from any private non-profit children’s hospital.

Children's Hospital Bond Act of 2004

On November 2, 2004, California voters passed Proposition 61, which enabled the State of California to issue $750 million in general obligation bonds to fund the Children’s Hospital Program of 2004 under Health and Safety Code, Sections 1179.10-1179.43. Eight private non-profit children’s hospitals are each eligible for $74 million and five University of California Children’s Hospitals are each eligible for $30 million.

Regulations (Effective October 1, 2017)

CHFFA adopted amendments to the Children’s Hospital Program of 2004 regulations that became effective October 1, 2017. The amendments allow CHFFA to create two new funding rounds. A new Application Form that is shorter and more streamlined was developed for the Third Funding Round and Fourth Funding Round. The Third Funding Round opened October 1, 2017 and ended June 30, 2018.

There remains $128,121 in funds available for a Fourth Funding Round that began July 1, 2018. These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis for applications received from any University of California children’s hospital.

Children’s Hospital Program of 2004 Funding Round 3 and 4 Grant Application Form,
Form No. CHFFA 5.1, Rev. 02-2017-61

Children’s Hospital Program awardees must comply with California’s prevailing wage law under Labor Code section 1720, et seq. for public works projects. CHFFA recommends applicants and awardees consult with their legal counsel.