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Grants for Dog Welfare and Enrichment

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 16:02 PM

Grants for Dog Welfare and Enrichment

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Tomorrow, February 16th, marks the start of the Chinese New Year. In honor of the Year of the Dog, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the many hardworking, non-profit organizations that work tirelessly every day toward the welfare of man’s best friend. Whether your organization seeks to fund research, shelters, adoption programs, training programs, or other initiatives to benefit dogs, there are many foundations eager to support canine welfare and enrichment programs.



Laura J. Niles Foundation, Inc.  

The Laura J. Niles Foundation primarily funds grants to non-profits in the Northeastern U.S., though all U.S. non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The foundation historically funds collaborative, financially-sustainable programs focused on dog welfare. Programs may relate to animal protection, animal adoptions, animal-human companionship, canine health research, search and rescue training, and assistance animals. Funding typically ranges from $2,000 to $50,000. Online applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at foundation meetings approximately once per month, usually around mid-month.

Grey Muzzle Grants

As the name suggests, Grey Muzzle Grants funds non-profit organization programs that benefit at-risk, senior dogs, such as improved marketing programs for senior dog adoptions or medical care programs for elderly dogs who need special care. Grant awards range between $2,500 and $7,500. The online application system opens on Friday, February 16th. For interested applicants, Grey Muzzle will hold a “Grants 101” webinar on February 22nd to review the full application process, including application deadline information.

Planet Dog Foundation

Planet Dog’s goal is to help dogs actualize their full potential for providing companionship and help for humans in need, primarily by funding non-profit programs to train and place assistance and therapy dogs. The foundation also funds projects that train dogs for other service roles, such as police work or search and rescue programs.  Planet Dog’s grants are for a maximum of $7,500. The next grant application cycle will open in late 2018.

The Stanton Foundation

The Stanton Foundation provides grants to various organizations that improve canine welfare and seek to “strengthen the human/dog bond,” including grants for dog health research, mobile adoption vans, dog parks, and police K9 training and placement. While some of the available grants are limited to organizations in the New England area, most of the grants are available to organizations throughout the U.S. The grant programs are quite diverse and thus vary greatly in typical award amounts, with some programs ranging from $10,000 to $25,000, while others have maximums as high as $150,000. Please visit The Stanton Foundation’s website to confirm the typical grant amounts and annual application deadlines for the grants to which you’d like to apply.


Don’t go it alone in the dog-eat-dog world of canine welfare grants. The Grant Helpers can assist with all aspects of the grant application process, including grant searches, program planning, and grant applications. Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.

 Photo Credit: David Locke

Topics: animal grants, dog grants, grants for dogs, animal adoptions, grants for senior dogs, grants for therapy dogs