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ASPCA Equine Welfare Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies
for the Promotion of Equine Welfare

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit and governmental equine welfare and animal welfare organizations that care for horses, donkeys, ponies, and mules. This program seeks to support equine-focused organizations that meet best practices in both equine care and nonprofit management. Consideration will be given to applications in the following areas:

Anti-Cruelty Seizures

Grants for housing and rehabilitation of the equine victims of large-scale seizures due to cruelty, neglect or abandonment impacting eight or more equine are available. Support may be requested by an equine rescue group, humane society or animal control agency. Verification of the number of animals impacted must be submitted with the online application through one of the following: 1) link to an accurate media report; 2) affidavit from law enforcement authorities with jurisdiction over the case, or 3) a report from the veterinarian of record covering all seized equine.

Field Investigations & Response (FIR) Partner Assistance:

Grants to provide support for equine seized by the ASPCA FIR Team in conjunction with our partners in law enforcement and placed with a humane society, rescue or sanctuary. Funding can be used for hay/feed/supplements, veterinary/farrier/dental care, medications/vaccines/gelding and/or training.

Emergency/Disaster Support:

Grants to repair damaged structures, provide vet care for injured equine or replace hay/feed or supplies lost due to fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, break-ins or other human-caused or natural disasters are available to all established 501(c)(3) equine rescues and sanctuaries regardless of when they last received funding from the Equine Fund.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168956

Estimated Size of Grant:

Unsolicited grants are generally awarded in amounts from $500 - $5,000 and seldom exceed 10% of an organization's current annual operating budget.

Anti-Cruelty Seizures: Support in the form of $500/horse (not to exceed $15,000) can be requested. Awards range from $4,000 - $15,000.

Field Investigations & Response (FIR) Partner Assistance: Award range is to-be-determined by FIR Placement Manager and Equine Grants Officer based on number of equine placed.

Emergency/Disaster Support: Awards range from $500 - $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year grant pledges are generally not supported.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The ASPCA will consider grants to those organizations whose focus and expertise are concentrated on reducing the suffering of equines who have lost their homes or been cruelly treated.

Applicants must have already received their 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS or be a governmental/municipal agency in order to apply.

Equine rescues and sanctuaries must care for at least ten equine concurrently to be considered for funding.

The ASPCA generally will not support:
-Organizations whose mission is unrelated to animal welfare
-Multi-year grant pledges
-Individuals, private foundations, endowments, churches or religious programs, fraternal, social or labor organizations
-Organizations with unusually high administrative expenses or other indicators of financial mismanagement
-Organizations which demonstrate or have previously demonstrated practices that are irreconcilable with ASPCA grant standards
-Political parties, candidates, or political activities
-Capital campaigns or large construction projects
-Organizations that discriminate because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or any areas covered by any applicable federal, state, or local laws
-Organizations based outside the United States, or projects that solely benefit animals outside the United States
-Projects for wildlife or marine life
-Individual animals
-Organizations that have lost their IRS tax-exempt status (Visit to ensure your organization is in good standing with the IRS.)

The ASPCA does not pay for overhead expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

Time frame: January 1 - November 1

Applicants can expect to hear from the grants team within 6-8 weeks from proposal submission.

A site visit may be required before or as a condition of a grant.

ASPCA general grant guidelines may be found here:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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