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35 New York colleges receive $57.2 million in grants for critical infrastructure improvements

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced $57.2 million in grants for capital projects at 35 colleges and universities across New York State through the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program. These HECap awards support projects that provide increased training in health sciences through the construction of new laboratory and research spaces, the purchase of new instructional technologies and medical equipment, and a variety of other capital investments and improvements. This funding comes at a critical time as New York rebuilds following the pandemic with investments targeted to create jobs and opportunities in higher education and health care.  

The funds were awarded at the March 12 meeting of the HECap Board, which provides matching grants to private, not-for-profit colleges and universities for projects that enhance educational opportunities for New Yorkers, create construction jobs and drive investment in communities across the state. 

“As New York builds back, these investments are targeted to help attract and train people for the health sciences jobs that New York needs as we continue to reopen and reimagine our economy, and to strengthen and enhance our world-leading institutions of higher education,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This grant program provides our students with the tools they need to thrive and become New York’s future leaders, scientists, and frontline workers.”   

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.   

Selected Award Amounts Include:  

  • St. John’s University – $5 million: A portion of the grant will be used to construct a large auditorium for the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program.
  • New York Medical College – $2.2 million: Creation of open concept laboratory space capable of housing multidisciplinary research teams and shared instrumentation.
  • Ithaca College – $1.6 Million: Construction and renovation of facilities to house a new, 27-month Graduate Physician Assistant Program. 
  • Pace University – $1 million: Creation of a Healthcare Hub which will provide pre-licensure and advanced practice nurses with a modern learning environment. 
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent – $467,000: Acquisition of instructional technologies, medical equipment, and laboratory equipment in the new School of Nursing and Health Professions. 
  • Albany College of Pharmacy – $259,000: Renovation of laboratories, including clinical simulation suite and sterile compounding laboratory.

The HECap grants were awarded by the HECap Board 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.