10 Best Animal Welfare Grants

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There are many grant programs that award funds to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that are involved with the promotion of animal welfare. Here are ten well-known programs that are currently offering grants to support animal welfare:

Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund

The Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund awards grants to support a variety of causes such as humane education, prevention of pet overpopulation, and promoting humane treatment of animals in a shelter setting.

Funding amounts vary and are decided on a case by case basis. Applications for grants are due in April and October of each year.

The ASPCA

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers several different grant opportunities to provide assistance to nonprofit animal organizations. Available award programs include adoption and shelter program grants, equine fund grants, spay and neuter grants, animal cruelty grants, and emergency/disaster grants. Most grants range from $500 to $10,000 per award.

The Bissell Pet Foundation

The Bissell Pet Foundation awards grants to offset spay and neuter fees, subsidize adoption fees, and provide foster care. National awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. Awards for organizations in the greater Grand Rapids area range from $1,000 to $45,000. Applications are accepted twice each year; check the Bissell Pet Foundation website for the most current application information.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation

The Doris Day Animal Foundation awards grants to support a variety of causes such as spay/neuter programs, senior care, special needs programs, and pet food banks. They currently are placing a specific emphasis on senior pet programs. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year and awards are made on a quarterly basis.

Award amounts are generally $5,000 or less (though on occasion higher grant amounts may be available).

The Laura J. Niles Foundation

The Laura J. Niles Foundation offers grants to organizations that support canine health research, search and rescue, animal protection, and animal adoption. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $50,000. Larger grants are awarded on a case by case basis.

The American Humane Association

The Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant is offered by the American Humane Association to fund building improvements, equipment purchases, and capital campaigns that directly affect shelter animal welfare. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded each year to 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies. The American Humane Association also offers a Second Chance grant program for agencies and rescue groups that provide temporary care for neglected animals. The Second Chance awards are limited to $2,000 per fiscal year per organization.

The Pedigree Foundation

The Pedigree Foundation offers grants to shelters and animal rescue organizations that have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The group had awarded $4.46 million through its grant program as of the 2013 award season. Applications for the Pedigree Foundation grants are due in late June.

The Petco Foundation

The Petco Foundation offers two grant award cycles each year for organizations involved with animal sheltering and pet adoptions. A variety of groups such as animal control agencies, humane societies, and other nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grant funding through the Petco Foundation. Award amounts vary.

PetSmart

PetSmart offers a variety of grant programs to animal welfare organizations that promote pet adoptions, spay and neuter programs, and emergency/disaster relief. PetSmart Charities have awarded more than $212 million in grant support since 1994, including $34 million in 2013. Individual award amounts vary on a case by case basis.

The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation

The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation offers grants to animal welfare organizations.

Grant funds may be used for studies, projects, operating expenses, or shelter construction costs. They may not be used for spay/neuter programs or for wildlife rehabilitation. Awards usually range from $5,000 to $10,000 per recipient.

Additional Information

There are many more grant programs concerned with animal welfare than those covered above. A number of these programs are concerned with providing welfare grants for animals in a specific state or locality, or animals of a certain type (i.e. equine, canine, or feline award programs).