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Finding funds can be difficult even in the best of times, but we're here to help. Below you'll find a variety of financial assistance opportunities.

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Grant Opportunities for Humane Organizations

  • A New Way To Neuter: Prizes for Pioneers World Spay Day-inspired contest for people using Zeuterin to neuter animals. Deadline to apply is Sept. 1, 2014.
  • Animal Grantmakers is an affinity group of foundations and organizations making grants to benefit animals.
  • ASPCA Grants program ASPCA grants provide support to a variety of U.S.-based nonprofit animal welfare organizations through cash grants, sponsorships and training.
  • Bernice Barbour Foundation The Bernice Barbour Foundation provides funding to 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.
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation provides direct support for animals in domestic pet programs including animal welfare organizations, pet rescue and rehabilitation. organizations,and therapeutic and humane education pet programs.
  • 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.
  • Elinor Patterson Baker Trust
    c/o Ann Panoli
    Putnam Trust Company
    10 Mason St., 2nd Floor
    Greenwich, CT 06830
    Fax: 203-869-7412
    This trust offers grants four times a year for a wide variety of shelter needs, including prevention of cruelty, spay/neuter, shelter improvements and innovative new programs
  • Foundation for the Protection of Animals
  • The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust
    H. Richard Obermanns, Executive Director
    c/o KeyBank NonProfit Services
    127 Public Sq., 18th Fl.
    Cleveland, OH 44114-1306
    Fax: 216-752-3308
    Proposals aimed to promote the humane treatment of companion animals. Proposals related to wildlife and other species may be considered. Eligible organizations will be located in Ohio or other Great Lakes region states (including Western Pennsylvania and Western New York). Of particular interest are programs in the following areas: community spay/neuter clinics, enhanced adoption outreach and behavior training, shelter medicine, humane education, continuing education for shelter staff and volunteers and prevention of human-animal cruelty or violence. Please request our guidelines and provide a query letter before submitting a full proposal. All recipients must be nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • Maddie's Fund grants are 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 animal shelters 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.
  • The PETCO Foundation offers a variety of grants to help support the day-to-day operations and special projects of mostly small humane nonprofit organizations.
  • PetSmart Charities, Inc. provides funding to effective and innovative nonprofit organizations committed to efforts that save the lives of homeless pets.
  • Ralph and Virginia Mullin Foundation
    2041 E. Speedway
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    Fax: 508-881-6775
    The Ralph & Virginia Mullin Foundation provides small grants to assist animal welfare and shelter organizations to become incorporated and obtain 501(c)3 status. Grant recipients must use funds for costs directly related to achieving these goals.
  • American Humane Association's (AHA)Second Chance Fund provides, in select cases, financial assistance to animal welfare organizations responsible for the temporary care of animals as they are prepared for adoption into permanent, loving home, allowing animal victims of abuse or neglect a second chance at life.
  • Summerlee Foundation awards funds to alleviate fear, pain, and suffering of animals and to promote animal protection and the prevention of cruelty to animals.
  • 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 Capital grants, Project grants, and General Operating Funds grants.

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