ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Officials say $5 million is available to support animal shelter improvement projects for local shelters across New York State.

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, this is the third round of funding for the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund, which allows eligible organizations to make “major improvements to their facilities to enhance animal care and health”. Since 2017, a total of $15 million has been dedicated to the program.

The Companion Animal Capital Fund is the first state-funded program in the nation to support improvement projects at New York State shelters. Since the launch of the program, officials say 24 projects have been awarded across the State and are underway.

The fund is administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which officials say provides matching grants to offset costs associated with capital projects. The funds are available to eligible non-profit and municipal animal shelters, humane societies and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals. The grants can be used to construct, renovate, rehab or acquire buildings and equipment needed to house, treat and care sheltered dogs and cats.

Eligible organizations serving a single municipality with a population of less than two million may apply for grants between $50,000 to $200,000. Grants may not exceed 50 percent of the proposals project costs and applicants are required to match 50 percent of the grand total.

Organizations serving two or more municipalities, or one municipality with a population of more than two million, may apply for grants between $100,000 to $500,00. For these grants, the funding may not exceed 75 percent of the proposed project cost and applicants are required to mach 25 percent of the grant.

All applicants must apply through Grants Gateway by 4 p.m. on January 20, 2020. More details on who is eligible and the application process are available here.