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Grant Opportunities

  • Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund provides funding to U.S. based 501(c)(3) organizations that promote humane education, humane sheltering, solutions to overpopulation and animal protection.
  • American Humane Association administers the Meacham grant to 501(c)(3) organizations and the Second Chance Fund to both public and private shelters or rescues.
  • Animal Farm Foundation offers grants for adoption, enrichment and other programs for 501(c)(3) organizations focused on supporting pit bull type dogs by providing equal opportunities and treatment.
  • ASPCA Grants program provides support to a variety of U.S.-based nonprofit animal welfare organizations through cash grants, sponsorships, and training.
  • Banfield Charitable Trust funds U.S. programs designed to keep pets and owners together. Various opportunities exist for 501(c)(3) organizations and hospices.
  • Bernice Barbour Foundation provides funding to 501 (c)(3) organizations that protect, preserve, and nurture companion animals, large animals, native wildlife, and marine species in the United States. Priority is given to programs that focus on hands-on care, animal health and welfare, or veterinary medical research.
  • The Binky Foundation prioritizes seed funding for new programs or equipment purchases promoting animal protection and habitat preservation, and also considers funding for long-term or ongoing projects. 501(c)(3) not required.
  • Bissell Pet Foundation provides financial support to programs of municipal and 501(c)(3) organizations focused on adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping, foster care, and safety nets. Funding also considered for emergency relief in addition to hoarding and puppy mill rescue efforts.
  • Cats R Cool provides funding for enrichment items, vaccines, and spay/neuter for cats, as well as renovations of cat rooms.
  • The Edith J. Goode Residuary Trust reviews proposals from humane societies seeking scholarship support for staff training in nonprofit management (with a focus on shelters) or organizational surveys of animal demographics and trends in shelter numbers, indicating how this data will be used to develop more effective programs. Proof of 501 (c)(3) status is required.
  • Elinor Patterson Baker Trust offers grants four times a year and is looking for innovative, new programs, especially those that feature outreach and engagement. Partnerships with other groups are also a plus. For information contact your local HSUS state director by e-mailing [yourstate]@hsus.org.
  • Foundation for the Protection of Animals
  • Greg Biffle Foundation provides funding for operating expenses, pet supplies, spay/neuter and veterinary care for active 501(c)(3) organizations that deal with dogs and cats.
  • The Grey Muzzle Organization provides grants and special programs for 501(c)(3) organizations whose activities include helping senior dogs.
  • Gus Hawthorne Foundation provides financial assistance to 501(c)(3) organizations with the mission of providing care for abused, abandoned, feral, at-risk domestic or exotic animals or care and release of injured/orphaned wildlife.
  • The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust invites proposals from active 501(c)(3) humane organizations based in the USA for projects designed to enhance the well-being of animals in Ohio, elsewhere in the Great Lakes region(IL, IN, MI, WI, Western PA, Upstate NY, and Northeastern MN), or in the Nation as a whole.
  • Laura J. Niles Foundation funds 501(c)(3) organizations, primarily in the Northeastern U.S., with initiatives that support people and animals simultaneously. Areas of concentration include canine health research, animal protection & adoption, search & rescue training, human assistance and similar fields of interest.
  • Maddie's Fund offers a variety of grants and opportunities designed to help build and sustain a no-kill nation so shelter dogs and cats can be guaranteed a loving home.
  • The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design awards matching grants to municipal and 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States to help fund needs assessments and schematic architectural drawings for new buildings or remodeling projects.
  • Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society is recruiting new groups for its mentoring program for free-roaming cats. This program works with non-profits and municipalities that have never received a targeted or free-roaming grant from PetSmart Charities before and are interested in getting spay/neuter money through the free-roaming cat program.
  • Oxbow Animal Rescue Grant supports operating and programs for rescue organizations caring for specific species of reptiles, small animals, and wildlife, and cats.
  • The Pedigree Foundation offers grants to 501(c)(3) organizations for programs that enhance dog adoptions.
  • The PETCO Foundation offers disaster assistance and pet food bank support to municipal and private organizations.
  • Petfinder Foundation offers support for disaster preparation and recovery, enrichment, pet sponsorship and vaccinations to Petfinder members. Municipal and private agencies are eligible.
  • PetSmart Charities, Inc. funds adoption, spay/neuter, and emergency relief programs for eligible 501(c)(3) public charities in the U.S., registered charities in Canada, cities or counties with animal care and control budgets, nonprofit educational institutions, and tribal authorities.
  • Project Pawsitive helps with renovations of animal shelter and rescue facilities for 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • Ralph & Virginia Mullin Foundation
    2041 E. Speedway
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    520-881-6607
    508-881-6775 fax
    rob@hrtucson.com
    provides small grants to assist animal welfare and shelter organizations to become incorporated and obtain 501(c)3 status.
  • The Summerlee Foundation funds 501(c)(3) organizations according to specific program criteria, including a US focus on cats, wildlife rehabilitation and sanctuaries, and emergency funding.
  • The USDA Rural Development Housing and Community Facilities Program offers loans and grants for essential community facilities, including municipal and private animal shelters, in communities with populations under 20,000.
  • The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare and Protection provides funding to 501(c)(3) organizations for capital grants, project grants, and general operating funds.

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