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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 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!

 


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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.


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