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 2018 (Proposition 4)

Children's Hospital Program of 2004 (Proposition 61)

Children's Hospital Program of 2008 (Proposition 3)

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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 Hospitals”) are eligible for $150 million in total.

Regulations (New April 2019)

CHFFA has adopted emergency regulations for the Children’s Hospital Program of 2018. CHFFA is pleased to invite Children’s Hospitals and Eligible Hospitals, which are defined in the Regulations, to submit applications for Children’s Hospital Program of 2018 funding.

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 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.

Currently, there are no funds available.

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.

Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018 Currently Accepting Applications

Grant Application for Children’s Hospitals


Applications for the first funding round will be accepted on an on-going basis and 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

Grant Application for Eligible Hospitals


Applications for the first funding round will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (PT) on March 30, 2020.