ASPCA Equine Fund Grants

The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to U.S. nonprofit equine welfare organizations and other animal welfare organizations that care for horses, mules, donkeys and ponies in alignment with our efforts to protect all equines. The ASPCA Equine Fund grants program seeks to award equine organizations that strive to achieve best practices both in nonprofit management and equine care. Unsolicited grants are generally awarded in amounts from $500-$5,000 and seldom exceed 10% of an organization's current annual operating budget. A site visit may be required before or as a condition of a grant.

ASPCA Equine Fund 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. In 2016, the ASPCA Equine Fund will consider grant applications in the following areas (submit one project or request per application).

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 in the form of $500/horse (not to exceed $15,000) can be applied for 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. Applications must be submitted within three months of the seizure.

Award Range: $4,000-$15,000

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.  (For information on becoming an ASPCA FIR Partner, please visit this page.)

Award Range: TBD by FIR Placement Manager and Equine Grants Officer based on number of equine placed.

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.  Applications must be submitted within three months of the incident.

Award range: $500–$5,000

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 in the following states ONLY: California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington state. 

Award Range: $500 - $5,000

Training Grants

Grants to improve adoption rates through training will be awarded to established equine rescues that placed at least 12 horses in the previous year and are located in one of the following states: California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington state.  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 (please use the Equine Scholarship application if sending staff or volunteers to an off-site clinic), 3) sending horses to a trainer (limit $1,000 per horse), and 4) hosting a Trainers' Challenge.   

Award range: $500-$5,000

Workshop/Conference Stipends

Small grants to help defray travel costs for an organizations planning to attend ASPCA workshops, the Homes for Horses Conference or other ASPCA-sponsored equine conferences.  Funds can be utilized for transportation (flights, cabs, car rental, gas), meals traveling to and from workshop, and hotel room for the night before and during the event.  Only one stipend per group per event.  Group must be located more than 150 miles from the event venue.  Use scholarship application to apply.

Award range: $350-500

The ASPCA does not offer equine grants in the following areas:

  • Starting an equine rescue or sanctuary
  • Education programs
  • Veterinary services for an individual animal(s)
  • Relocation
  • Therapeutic riding programs

How to Apply

Application for Equine Grants
Application for Scholarships for Equine-Related Conferences & Training

Deadline: November 1, 2016 at 5 pm ET

To help you prepare prior to applying online, you can download a sample application for Equine Grants or Equine Training Scholarships/Stipends.

Please note that you will need to know your Federal Tax ID/Employer Identification Number (EIN) to complete your application. You may also be asked to upload your Form 990 and IRS Letter of Determination, if applicable.