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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.


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. 


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


The Grant Helpers assists schools, non-profit and local governments develop strategies for identifying and applying for grant funds to achieve their goals. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn how we can help.

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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.



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 Animal Needs, Shelters

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 07:06 AM

There are approximately 4,000-6,000 animal shelters in the United States dogproviding temporary care for 8-10 million dogs and cats. Sadly, 4-6 million of these animals are euthanized annually, due to a lack of available homes or people willing to adopt them. Animal shelters and non-profit organizations that support animal rights need funding for programs, education, and even building projects. Below are a few grant opportunities we selected that support animal shelters.

The Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund

Albert Schweitzer lived his life with a philosophy of reverence for life, including animal life. This fund supports a variety of animal needs including protection of wild animals, enhancement of efficiency of animal shelters, and humane solutions to the pet overpopulation problem. Wildlife sanctuaries and large animal rescue groups that are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) are given preference. Non-profit organizations in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Proposals are accepted throughout the year with grant determinations made in April and October yearly.  The website indicates that funding amounts are flexible.

Greg Biffle Foundation

U.S. non-profit humane societies, spay/neuter clinics, and no-kill animal shelters have until Aug. 31 to apply for funding from the Greg Biffle Foundation. Grants are given for spay/neuter initiatives, vet/care medical supplies, and operating expenses. Grant determinations are made in December. Last year, this foundation awarded 82 different grants to organizations throughout the United States. The foundation does not specify any maximum amounts.

Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design

Animal shelters in need of a new building can look to the Mason Foundation for funding needs. This funding can be used for an initial needs assessment, which provides data to determine the size and scope of a new facility, or for schematic architectural designs. These two items can then be used to start a capital campaign for actual construction of an animal shelter. This grant does require a match. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, and funds are awarded twice a year. Last year’s grants were $4,000 apiece.

Other resources

The grants listed above are for organizations, though if you are having trouble affording your pet, the humane society has put together a listing of possible sources for individual funding. Check out the page.  Additionally, they have a page with helpful information if you need help paying for your vet care.

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See These Grant Opportunities for Animal Shelters

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

We have received several inquiries lately about funding to support animal shelters. For all of you animal lovers and shelter workers, this blog is for you. We will highlight a select few of the many grant opportunities that may fit your needs. Remember that we are here to help you. If you need to find additional funding sources, or if you need help throughout any part of the grant process, we offer a variety of services to best fit your needs and help you meet your goals.


The American Humane Society’s Second Chance Fund

The Second Chance Fund provides financial assistance to animal welfare organizations that are responsible for caring for animals as they are readied to be placed into permanent homes. In order to qualify for a Second Chance Fund grant, an agency, private or public, must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation (e.g., animal welfare organization, rescue group, etc.) or a municipal agency (e.g., animal control, county or city agency).

Applications for funds must be received within six months following the date of the intake of the animal or animals for which funding is requested. There is a $2,000 limit per fiscal year that any one agency can receive.

For more information on the Second Chance Fund, please visit its website.

Deadline: Ongoing


Animal Shelter GrantPetco Foundation Grants

There are four types of grants that Petco offers.

Capital Grants – usually fund new buildings, remodels on existing buildings, vehicles, equipment, etc.

Product Support – for requesting product donations. Only products carried by Petco may be donated, and products must be picked up at a Petco store. Donations can be used for general operations, special event/goodie bags, food bank or feeding programs, disaster relief, silent auction, transport/holding/adoptions, etc.

We Are Family Too – provides short-term and seed funding for programs created by animal welfare groups to assist pet owners who are experiencing temporary financial difficulty keeping their animals. This grant funds pet food banks, product donations, short-term foster pet care, veterinary services, etc.

4 Rs Project Support – provides money for projects that support the 4 Rs of the Petco Foundation: Reduce (spay/neuter), Rescue (adoptions), Rehabilitate (training), Rejoice (assists with human/animal bond). This funding request is also for sponsorships. Items covered by this grant include general veterinary services, spay/neuter, trap/neuter/return (for feral animals), training, adoptions, animal assisted therapy, dog parks, emergencies, etc.

To apply for a Petco Foundation grant, organizations must be designated as non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Individuals are not eligible. The Petco Foundation does not have a dollar amount that they award published on their website. However, there is mention of their policy on paying indirect costs related to projects more than and less than $100,000, so the funding amount of a Petco grant varies but may be over $100,000, depending on the request from the applicant. For more information, see the Petco Foundation’s website.

Deadline: Depends on program


PetSmart Grants

PetSmart provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are committed to saving the lives of homeless pets. Several different types of grants are offered. 

  • Conference Sponsorship – available to organizers of training conferences (application period is ongoing)

  • Free-roaming Cat Spay/Neuter Program – provides funding, planning and mentoring for a trap/neuter/return program for free-roaming cats (application period is twice per year)

  • Targeted Spay/Neuter Program – identifies a geographic, demographic, or animal-specific segment of the community that has a need for low-cost spay/neuter services (application period is twice per year)

  • Spay/Neuter Clinic Equipment Program – funds the purchase of equipment and consumables for start-up or expansion of high-volume spay/neuter clinics in which at least 75% of surgeries are done on public animals (application period is ongoing)

  • Emergency Relief Funding – assists in large-scale disasters (e.g. natural catastrophes), multiple-animal rescue disasters, or one-animal victim of abuse of violence

  • In-Store Adoption Partner – helps approved PetSmart Charities Adoption Partners earn funding through Adoption Events or Adoption Rewards programs

  • Rescue Waggin’ Program – funds various aspects of destination and source shelters for puppies and dogs

  • Audit Grants – provides some support for an organization’s first financial audit (application period is ongoing)

  • Grants for Canadian Agencies – see PetSmart’s Charities of Canada for specific requirements and funding guidelines

Deadline: Depends on program


Again, these are just a small sample of the opportunities that are available for funding animal shelters and animal-related programs. If you need assistance throughout any step of the grant application process, contact a grant expert today.


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