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. The ASPCA Equine Fund will consider grant applications ONLY 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

Equine Scholarships/Stipends (By Solicitation Only)

If you are seeking a scholarship or stipend to send staff to a conference, training, or other event that is directly related to equine welfare, please use this application: 
Application for Equine Scholarships/Travel Stipends (By Solicitation Only)

Please adhere to the ASPCA's food policy if any grant funds are used to purchase food: grantee agrees to limit the use of ASPCA funds to purchase vegetarian, vegan, fish or welfare-certified meat products only. "Welfare-certified meat products" shall mean products that are from farms, obtained either directly or through another supplier (restaurant, retailer, etc.), that are certified by at least one of the following certification programs: (a) Animal Welfare Approved; (b) Certified Humane; and/or (c) Global Animal Partnership, Steps 2 and above. For more information about welfare-certified products or where to locate welfare-certified products, please visit Finding Higher-Welfare Products on

Employees, volunteers or other associates of a Grantee whose food expenses are reimbursed or otherwise paid from ASPCA grant funds, including, but not limited to beneficiaries of travel stipends and scholarships, are strongly encouraged to choose higher-welfare meat products, fish, vegan or vegetarian food.

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
Anti-Cruelty Seizures, Field Investigations & Response (FIR) Partner Assistance, and Emergency/Disaster Support ONLY

Timeframe:  Ongoing - No Deadline

To help you prepare prior to applying online, you can download a sample application for Equine Grants.

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.