Update:

New Click by Click application instructions!
We know that finding just the right spot on the webinar to answer an application how to question is time consuming. To help you, the Federation has gone through the webinar and made Click by Click CACF Application Instructions. They’re quick and easy to understand right down to the right color box to look for on a drop down menu!

In response to the questions asked during the Dept. of Agriculture and Marketing November 1st webinar, the Dept. published a Q&A document that will be helpful as you put your proposals together. Click here to download the Q&A.

If you haven’t watched the webinar, click the video below!


Overview:

The $5 million Companion Animal Capital Fund was included in the 2017-18 state budget and provides funding for capital projects at animal shelters across New York. Click here for the Application Instructions and the Request for Proposals (RFP).

Keep checking back here for updates.

The fund was proposed by the New York State Animal Protection Federation and championed by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and State Senator Phil Boyle. The Fund will be administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
(NYSA&M).

The Federation is working with NYSA&M to establish the Fund’s protocols and will provide technical assistance to shelters to help them through the grant process.

For more information, contact the Federation’s executive director, Libby Post, at libbypost@nysapf.org or at 518/813-9176.

Quick Facts on the CACF
#1: Register at the New York State Grants Gateway
The Fund will be managed by NYSA&M through the New York State Grants Gateway. Animal shelters interested in applying for the Fund must register at the Gateway. The Federation strongly recommends that organizations become familiar with the Gateway and the requirements of applying for New York State grant opportunities. Go to grantsreform.ny.gov, take advantage of the video tutorials and register for the Gateway.

#2: What types of project are eligible for funding?
The Fund will help to share the costs of animal shelter capital projects including construction, renovation, rehabilitation, installation, acquisition, or expansion of buildings, equipment, or facilities necessary “for the secure containment, health, and adequate care of sheltered dogs and cats.”

#3: Who is eligible to apply?
Municipal and not-for-profit animal shelters includ-ing humane societies, animal protective associa-tions and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals will be eligible to apply for these funds. Municipal shelters and not-for-profit entities with municipal contracts will be given funding priority.

#4 What are the funding guidelines?
Based on the eligibility guidelines outlined in the budget language:

  • For Upstate and Long Island, grants can be awarded in amounts not less than $50,000 and not more than $200,000 and cannot exceed 50%of the total project cost.  If a shelter serves two or more municipalities, then the maximum award amount is raised to not less than $100,000 and not more than $500,000 and cannot exceed 75%of the total project cost.
  • For NYC shelters or shelters in municipalities with a population of more than two million and serve one or more municipalities, grants can be awarded in amounts not less than $100,000 and not more than $500,000 and cannot exceed 75% of the total project cost.