Governor Hochul Announces $63.6 Million in Funding to Support Critical Infrastructure Improvements at New York's Private, Not-For-Profit Colleges and Universities


Grants Will Support Education Programs by Modernizing Facilities and Enhancing Student Experience while Spurring Economic Development

See All Competitive Round 5 Approved Projects Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $63.6 million in capital grants at 30 colleges and universities across New York State through the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program. These HECap awards support projects that provide construction of new laboratory and research spaces, educational facilities as well as the purchase of new instructional technologies and equipment.

“New York’s colleges and universities are second to none, and thanks to more than $60 million in state capital funding, we are making transformative renovations at top schools across the state so that they can continue to raise the bar,” Governor Hochul said. “From the purchase of cutting-edge scientific equipment to overhauling libraries and student centers, these investments will take our institutions to the next level and ensure that students pursuing higher education in New York State have access to the very best resources and facilities.”

Under the Governor's leadership, the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program has enabled campuses across the state to make critical investments in their infrastructure and equipment while creating construction jobs. Campuses that receive grants are required to invest at least $3 of their own funds for every $1 of state funds they receive.

When combined with the college’s matching funds into these projects, more than $250 million will be invested in New York’s higher educational communities.

Selected Award Amounts Include:

  • Fordham University – Renovations of the McShane Center, $5 million
  • Molloy University (Rockville Center) – Construction of building for Healthcare Workforce Development, $5 million
  • St. John Fisher University (Rochester) – Library renovation to create Student Center for Success, $5 million
  • Canisius University of Buffalo – Creation of Allied Health Laboratories and Facilities, $1.4 million
  • Siena College (Loudonville) – Science Complex Equipment Purchase, $750,000

The funds were awarded at the September 27 meeting of the HECap Board and were awarded pursuant to a competitive application process. The three-member HECap Board includes one member chosen by the Speaker of the Assembly, one member chosen by the Temporary President of the Senate, and a third member chosen by the Governor. DASNY acts as staff to the HECap Board and administers the program. A full list of projects awarded funding is available on the DASNY website.

A request for grant applications for the next competitive round was also approved at the HECap Board meeting. Since HECap’s inception in 2005, the State of New York has awarded $336.3 million in funding to 274 projects at colleges and universities across New York State.

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky said, “The Higher Education Capital Matching Grant program is a stellar example of a public-private partnership that works for all New Yorkers. The HECap program helps campuses across the state make critical investments in their infrastructure and equipment, keeping New York's independent colleges and universities competitive on a national and global level.”

Assembly Member Patricia Fahy said, "New York's private colleges and universities are vital to our state economy and educate more than 500,000 students every year. Ensuring these institutions are able to retain and attract students, faculty, and staff with critical investments in infrastructure is key to maintaining enrollment and advancing a top-tier education. As Chair of the Higher Education Committee in the Assembly, I'm committed to working with my Senate counterpart Toby Ann Stavisky, Governor Hochul, and our private colleges and universities to deliver the resources they need to continue to thrive."

Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities President Lola Brabham said, “Thank you, Governor Hochul, HECap Board Chair Smingler, and the State Legislature for supporting this important program. HECap grants are an investment in infrastructure and higher education that provides both immediate and long-term returns for all New Yorkers. HECap stimulates economic growth in communities across the state, while ensuring that New York remains a global leader in higher education and innovation.”

More information on the HECAP program can be found here. Click here for full list of grant awards.