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The Lowell Fund

  • Pitty dog

    The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to announce a special grant opportunity from The Lowell Fund.

Special grants, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, are now available to organizations supporting the well-being of large, mixed-breed dogs, pit-bull type dogs, and large senior dogs who have been abandoned, injured, mistreated, neglected, exploited or are otherwise in need. The program strives to ensure that a) dogs have high-quality, compassionate medical treatment, b) dogs are sheltered, protected, and cared for and adopted into loving homes; and c) promote an appreciation of dogs in general, and pit-bull type dogs in particular.

Grant Making Priorities

Priority will be given to organizations that:

  • Are results-oriented and will tangibly advance the health and well-being of dogs in need;
  • Benefit dogs that are traditionally the last and most difficult to be adopted from shelters and at the most risk of being euthanized;
  • Increase shelter adoptions and reduce the euthanasia of dogs, and fight against breed discrimination; and
  • Would not otherwise be receiving financial support from other programs of The Humane Society of the United States.

Examples of activities eligible for funding include:

  • Transport for adoption
  • Spay/neuter
  • Care and placement for dogs found in hoarding or abuse/neglect situations, emergency response activities where large dogs constitute a significant majority of affected animals
  • Training and public education intended to increase adoptions of large dogs from shelters
  • Training and public education intended to reduce owner surrenders of large dogs
  • Veterinary services that directly support any of the above

Preference will be given to results-oriented projects that are measurable, as opposed to general support grants, except in cases where the organization’s mission and overall activities are completely aligned with the program’s purposes.

Grant amounts awarded will vary according to the organization’s needs and demonstrated ability to utilize the funding.

Who is Eligible?

Any non-profit U.S. animal welfare service organization may apply (municipal agencies are ineligible). Preference will be given to organizations that:

  • have been in operation for at least one year
  • operate on limited resources and have few or no staff
  • are able to measure overall impact
  • agree to report project results on a mutually agreed upon timetable

Grant applications will be reviewed quarterly, with exceptions for urgent situations which will be expedited. Grant recipients will be selected by a panel of judges appointed by The Humane Society of the United States.

We are currently accepting applications for 2014.

  • To be considered for a grant from The Lowell Fund, please complete the Online Application

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