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Rebuilding After A Disaster

Posted by Carol Timms on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 16:10 PM

Immediately after a disaster, governmental agencies, volunteers and non-profits respond en masse to the affected area. rebuildThese entities provide essential health and human services. In turn, granting organizations support these first responders by offering grants for general expenses and specific special interests.

The Grant Helpers appreciates the efforts of the first responders. To say Thank You, we'd like to offer you a half-price Opportunity Search in January to replenish your budget. The cost for an Opportunity Search is usually $250 but for organizations assisting our neighbors affected by Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael or the wildfires in the Western US we are offering it for $125. The Opportunity Search will identify potential funders to whom you can apply for grant funds. It is our job to sift through many possible funding sources as listed in the databases to which we subscribe. After reviewing thousands of possible funding sources, we will provide you information on 3 who would be an excellent fit for your organization. We know you’re busy now serving the public so contact us in early January to receive this special price.

 The following are some of the organizations offering grants to support those who help:

 Support for Non-Profits

The Astellas USA Foundation will provide immediate response when needed. 

Both Walgreen’s Charitable Donations Program and Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program will support disaster relief programs across the nation.

Animals

Both Banfield and PetSmart Charities will support programs designed to aid animals during natural disasters. 

Schools and Libraries

Dollar General’s Beyond Words Program and the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provide funds to help school and public libraries rebuild and restock after a disaster.

School Football Programs

USA Football, in conjunction with the NFL Foundation, provides equipment donations to youth and high school football organizations that have been affected by floods, earthquakes, fire, other natural disasters, and theft. 

Farmers

Farm Aid supports family farmers in crisis. Contact them through their hotline at 1-800-Farm-Aid or visit their website.  

Craft Artists

Craft artists in areas affected by natural disasters can benefit from grants, zero-interest loans and other services from the Craft Emergency Relief Fund

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

Grants for Animal Agencies

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 10:11 AM

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France

Grants for Animal Agencies

Organizations across the country are dedicated to making sure pets have loving homes, safe places to seek medical care, and new shelters to seek refuge. Below are some grants that will help with animal needs, ensuring every person’s soul becomes awakened. You may want to use quotes like the one above in your application.

 

 

 

Insider Tip: Demonstrate impact with brief stories and testimonials about the difference animals from your program have made in people’s lives.

 

Petsmart Charities

Over $274 million in total grants have been awarded by the Petsmart Charities since 1994. This foundation has 10 different grant opportunities for non-profit organizations. The opportunities with deadlines range from shelter operations grants to spay and neuter grants. Iin 2017 these grants were due on April 30, June 30, and Aug. 31. There are also three grants that have ongoing deadlines. The year-round funding opportunities include one for adoptions. This grant funding helps organizations host an adoption event. Another grant with an ongoing deadline is one for emergency relief. Funds from this grant will help in the event of a natural or man-made disaster during the rescue, relief and/or recovery stages. Organizations hoping to fund conferences and training for their animal cause can also apply for grant funds at any time. These grants will fund enrichment programs and workshops for those working for and volunteering within the animal welfare industry.

Petco Foundation

This foundation funds organizations that have a strong impact on animals and their well-being. Grant money supports service and therapy pets, pet cancer research organizations, and groups dedicated to finding innovative approaches to lifesaving. In 2015 the Petco Foundation invested its largest grant ever, $1.5 million, to the LifeLine Animal Project. Their goal was to save as many animals from euthanasia as possible. Applications are accepted year-round.

Pedigree Foundation

The Pedigree Foundation helps those who help dogs. There are three different grant opportunities available. Operation grants are up to $1,000 and may be used to cover general operating expenses. Program development grants range from $1,000-$10,000. These grants can be used for new programs or to support the expansion of current adoption programs. Larger grants, $10,000-$25,000, are called innovation grants. These are awarded to help develop and implement adoption programs that are creative or innovative. Thus far, this foundation has awarded almost 5,000 grants since 2008. The grant cycle for this year is complete and the 2018 application period will open in March 2018. Mark your calendars!

 


Ready to get started on finding, applying to, or managing grants? Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.

 

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Topics: animal grants, animal needs grants, animal shelter, animal shelter funding, animal shelter grant, grants for animal needs, grants for animals, grant opportunity

Grants for Animal Needs

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

We have been receiving a tremendous number of requests for grants for animal needs. Below we have highlighted a few options when looking for animal grants.

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ASPCA Pro

This foundation is currently not accepting applications, though that hiatus is all for a good cause: the foundation is developing guidelines for Hurricane Harvey response grants. ASPCA anticipates having that grant application available on Sept. 11. In the meantime, if you visit the website you can sign up for email alerts for grant application status. They expect to accept applications for their other grant programs on Sept. 11 as well. These grant programs include ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grants, which supports non-profit and governmental entities dedicated to the prevention and elimination of animal cruelty. ASPCA also has Equine Fund Grants, which provides funds to non-profit organizations that care for mules, donkeys, horses, and ponies. An example of a past grant recipient is the Indiana Horse Council Foundation, which received $800.

The Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund

It’s a good time to get materials ready for application to this grant fund. Applications will be accepted in February for an April disbursement date. If you miss that date, grants are also accepted before Aug. 1 for an October distribution. United States non-profit organizations that have been in existence for three years are eligible to apply. Funding amounts are flexible. Funding priorities include:

  • Proposals seeking and implementing solutions to companion animal overpopulation
  • Projects to enhance humaneness and efficiency of animal shelter operations, sanctuaries, and rescue centers
  • Humane education and community awareness programs
  • Projects protecting large animals and wild animals
  • Projects designed to eliminate pain and suffering of animals used in research or testing by reduction of numbers or use of non-sentient substitutes
  • Projects assisting protection of animals used for food or the elimination of such use

American Humane

This foundation offers several different grant programs.

The first program is titled Second Chance Grants. This category helps offset the costs of rescuing animals who are homeless or the victims of animal cruelty. Public or private animal sheltering agencies and rescue groups are eligible for this grant program. Funding may be used only to cover medical procedures for animals that have been victims of abuse or neglect and require medical treatment before being placed for adoption. Funding to any one agency is limited to $2,000 per fiscal year. Applications must be received no later than 6 months following the date of intake of the animal(s).

A second grant program is the Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant. This program was established in 1969, in memory of Ms. Tressa Meacham, to provide financial assistance to agencies for shelter expansion or improvements. There is a list of eligible projects on the website. Grant maximum is $4,000.

This organization also offers some individual grants including the American Humane Hero Dog Award, the Helping Veterans Get Service Dogs Award, and the Hero Veterinary Technician and Hero Veterinarian Award.


If you are looking for grant funding we are a great place to start. We offer a wide variety of services. Even better, try us out for free with an initial phone consultation. Contact us today to get started.

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Grants for Dog Parks

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

We often write blogs about playgrounds, recreation centers, and parks—re142520422_6ad756ddf6_q.jpgcreation opportunities for humans. Man’s best friend needs exercise, too. So as not to leave out the dogs in our life, here is a compilation of grants that will help communities build dog parks.

Nutro Room to Run

Public, non-profit dog parks and off-leash areas are supported through this foundation. Since 2010, the program has helped enhance over 120 dog parks and committed more than 4,000 volunteer hours across North America. Projects included landscaping and adding trees and other shade structures, as well as adding benches, agility equipment, signage, and more for the enjoyment of pets and pet parents. Deadlines and application information were not available on the website at the time of this post. Past deadlines were in September, though we would recommend contacting a Nutro representative to get more information.

Doris Day Animal Foundation

American actress and singer Doris Day, being a lover of animals, started a foundation to help support all things animal. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants that will benefit animals and may also display a significant human element. The foundation has funded dog parks in the past. The first step to applying for a grant is to send a letter of introduction. Letters of introduction will be accepted only the first month of each quarter (Jan., April, July, and Oct.) Grants are normally $5,000 or less.

PetSafe

The PetSafe foundation is dedicated to helping communities become better places for people and pets to live. Last year alone, this company has provided $3.5 million in volunteer support, grants, and product donations to organizations dedicated to animal welfare. Applications are accepted year-round. The above-mentioned grants are for all animal welfare grants, including dog parks. Additionally, PetSafe also holds the Bark for Your Park competition annually. This program is committed to creating safe, off-leash areas for pets and their owners to enjoy for years to come. Grants in Bark for Your Park include five $25,000 prizes to help build new dog parks, 10 $10,000 prizes to enhance existing dog parks, and 10 $5,000 prizes to maintain existing dog parks. Applications for this program for 2016 is closed. Check back in summer 2017 for new deadlines.

Beneful Dream Dog Park Project

Beneful loves to support and celebrate the pets in people’s lives. With its Dream Dog Park Project grant Project, the company supports dog park improvements or construction projects. Since 2010, more than a dozen dog parks have been improved or created throughout the country. Eligible projects must create free and open-to-the-public dog parks or off-leash areas. To start the process of applying for a grant, contact BenefulTeam@conecomm.com.

 


Don’t let the dog days of summer bring you down. If you are interested in any of the above grants, or are looking for a grant for a different cause, contact us today. We can set up a free phone consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers, or look at a full list of our services to see how we can help you.

 

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