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Grants for Animal Needs

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

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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