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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 Dog Welfare and Enrichment

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

Grants for Dog Welfare and Enrichment

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

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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.


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


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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