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Animal Welfare Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Programs and Projects
that Focus on Animal Protection and Welfare

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Park Foundation

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Grants to USA nonprofits for a broad range of animal welfare programs, projects, and activities. New applicants are recommended to submit a letter of inquiry prior to applying.

Funding will be provided for the following two types of activities:
- Efforts that aim to promote humane treatment and care of domestic animals
- The protection and conservation of endangered wildlife and wildlife in captivity in the United States.

The program supports innovative, comprehensive, solution-oriented models that lead to systemic change, reduce suffering, and foster a more compassionate society.

Domestic Animals: This category support national efforts to reduce the number of homeless companion animals through the development of model high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services and corresponding public education initiatives. The Foundation also supports public education and advocacy efforts to eradicate animal fighting practices.

Wildlife: This category supports nationally-significant efforts to advance the protection and conservation of wildlife with an emphasis on policy and advocacy work related to threatened and endangered species. Another specific area of interest is the lifelong care of primates rescued from research laboratories, entertainment and/or the pet trade.

Please Note: Grants for domestic animal shelters and wildlife rescue organizations are made only at the initiative of the Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179468

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Eligible organizations must be classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Capital grants are highly selective and generally limited to nonprofits in Tompkins County, NY.
- Unless otherwise specified, operating and general support grants can be applied to any legally permissible aspect of the grantee’s activities, including lobbying. It is the grantee’s responsibility to meet the appropriate IRS regulations regarding lobbying by nonprofit organizations.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for-profit entities, endowments or for debt reduction.

Unsolicited requests for domestic animal shelters will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:

Calls or emails to program staff are also welcome to help assess fit with program interests.

Prospective applicants may want to consider submitting a Letter of Inquiry as a preliminary step before submitting a full proposal. Although a Letter of Inquiry is not required before submitting a full proposal, the Foundation does recommend it specifically when an organization is new to the Foundation, or if the applicant is unsure whether the request fits the Foundation’s guidelines. Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are accepted at any time. Once an LOI is submitted please do not submit a full proposal unless contacted by a staff member.

2018 Proposal Submission Deadlines:
January 5
March 30
June 29
September 21

Electronic Submissions:
Applicants may submit Letters of Inquiry and/or full proposals electronically through the designated online portal.

Paper Submissions:
At this time emailed or faxed proposals are not accepted. Mail all proposal materials to the Executive Director.

Proposals are reviewed on a quarterly basis and must arrive at the Foundation’s office by the dates listed to be considered for a grant at the next quarterly Board meeting. All proposals received will be acknowledged by email, usually within a week of receipt. While the Foundation does not guarantee it, most decisions on full proposals are made within the quarter.

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

Letter of Inquiry online submission portal:

Full Grant Proposal online submission portal:

Mail all proposal materials (including Proposal Cover Sheet) to:
Jon M. Jensen, Executive Director
PO Box 550
Ithaca, NY 14851

Questions about the online application process:

Street Address:
Park Foundation, Inc.,
140 Seneca Way, Suite 100
Ithaca, NY 14850

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