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Capital Funding

SUNY Capital funding is fully funded by the State of New York. The State of New York limits the uses of SUNY allocated Capital Funding. Limitations by the State of New York focuses on “facilities condition index (fci)” and the core critical maintenance of the projects. Results in mechanical renovations being funding and not programmatic (unless tied to mechanical).

How Does a Major Project Get Funded?

Our Campus advocates for a project. Then SUNY Capital Facilities evaluates the project request (primarily based on deferred maintenance, fci, critical maintenance. Projects are scored for all Campuses in the system (not including community colleges.) SUNY provides funding and/or approval for the project.

Project Funding Categories

There are two categories of funding allocated to SUNY over the past decade:

Lump Funding

This funding category is used by SUNY to allocate funds for large construction projects.

SUBOA Allocation

This funding is allocated to campus through a formula that considers:

  • Average SUNY Plattsburgh allocation is $3.5 million
  • $1 million has been allocated annual for minor critical projects for which the campus has more discretion however, each project must meet certain criteria and receive approval from SUNY and the Department of Budget
  • These funds are primarily used for small critical maintenance and project requests (cost must be under $150,000)

Minor Critical Maintenance Criteria

A project is considered Minor Critical Maintenance (MCM) when it meets the following criteria:

  • Critical maintenance preserves existing Sate-owned capital assets or facilities in good working condition
  • Project scope completed within 12 months
  • Project limited to a specific building or group of related buildings
  • Project limited to discrete components of a specific buildings or group of related
  • Project addresses specific aspects of campus site or infrastructure
  • Must have minimum useful life of 10 years
  • $5,000 – $150,000 (design & construction)

Examples of non-qualifying MCM projects:

  • Grouping of unrelated tasks into one projects
  • Projects to accommodate cost overruns relating to separate project
  • New construction, additions, or facility upgrades that are not a critical maintenance project
  • Studies or stand-alone design services unrelated to a qualifying minor critical maintenance
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