Premier Darrell Dexter announces funding for the Red Cross Prepared campaign. (Carolyn Ray/CBC)

The Nova Scotia government is giving the Canadian Red Cross $800,000 to help with construction of a new training centre in the Halifax area.

The new training centre will train volunteers in disaster management and will be built as an addition to an existing Red Cross building in Dartmouth.

Premier Darrell Dexter says the training centre will make the province a leader in providing training for Red Cross volunteers.

The provincial government says the centre will train about 1,500 volunteers in Nova Scotia, as well as others from across Canada.

The money from the province is going to the Red Cross's Prepared campaign, which has raised more than $2.15 million of its $3 million fundraising goal.