ASPCA Equine Fund GrantsDeadline: November 1, 2016
The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to equine welfare organizations and other animal welfare organizations that care for horses, mules, donkeys, and ponies in alignment with the ASPCA’s efforts to protect all equines. The ASPCA seeks to award equine organizations that strive to achieve best practices both in nonprofit management and equine care. Support is provided to organizations whose focus and expertise are concentrated on reducing the suffering of equines who have lost their homes or been cruelly treated.
In 2016, the ASPCA Equine Fund will consider grant applications in the following focus areas:
- Anti-Cruelty Seizures: Grants support the housing and rehabilitation of the equine victims of large-scale seizures due to cruelty, neglect, or abandonment impacting eight or more equine and may be awarded to an equine rescue group, humane society, or animal control agency.
- Field Investigations & Response (FIR) Partner Assistance: Grants provide support for equine seized by the ASPCA FIR Team in conjunction with its 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 provided 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. Applications must be submitted within three months of the incident.
- Safety Net Support: Grants are available to rescues, sanctuaries, coalitions, horse councils, and other animal welfare groups with established equine safety net programs created to keep horses, mules, donkeys, and minis in their homes when their caretakers hit a rough patch. Grants are available for hay banks, gelding/vaccination clinics, vet/farrier vouchers, euthanasia/disposal vouchers, auction compassion pulls for euthanasia of equine in failing physical health, and euthanasia clinics.
- Training Grants: Grants seek to improve adoption rates through training will be awarded to established equine rescues that placed at least 12 horses in the previous year. Funds can be used for the following types of training scenarios: 1) hire a part-time trainer to work onsite; 2) provide training to volunteers so they can take part in training the horse in the rescue; 3) sending horses to a trainer (limit $1,000 per horse); and 4) hosting a Trainers’ Challenge.
Amount: Grants range $500-$15,000 and average $500-$5,000, depending on focus area:
- Anti-Cruelty Seizures: $500/horse (not to exceed $15,000)
- FIR Partner Assistance: Award range is determined by the FIR Placement Manager and Equine Grants Officer based on number of equine placed
- Anti-Emergency Disaster Support: Awards range from $500–$5,000
- Safety Net Support: Awards range from $500–$5,000
- Training Grants: Awards range from $500–$5,000
Grants seldom exceed 10% of an organization’s current annual operating budget. The Safety Net Support focus and Training Grants focus are limited to California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington state.
Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations and governmental or municipal agencies. Equine rescues and sanctuaries must care for at least ten equine concurrently to be considered for funding.