ASPCA Northern Tier Shelter Initiative Grants

The ASPCA is providing grant funding to qualified nonprofit bricks-and-mortar shelter organizations, tribal authorities and government agencies in Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin that care for homeless animals and advance animal welfare in those states.

Grants will be distributed to those groups with demonstrated need, capacity to effectively absorb funding, and commitment and capability to complete the proposed projects.

Eligible Applicants

  • Established 501(c)(3) nonprofit bricks-and-mortar animal shelter organizations, tribal authorities or governmental organizations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Organization must be in good standing with the ASPCA, including no overdue requirements from previous grants.
  • Organization must be located in one of the following seven states: Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin
  • Organization must have an annual operating budget of under $1 million.

Eligible Projects

Proposals will be considered to support capacity-building activities that increase and enhance a group’s effectiveness in carrying out its animal welfare mission.   These may include, but are not limited to:

1. Improve shelter operations

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical/surgical equipment and supplies
  • Equipment for humane cat caging
  • Building capacity to improve protocols around vaccination on intake, disease spread prevention, daily rounds, and standard operating procedures
  • Technology enhancements (including but not limited to computer equipment and internet access)
  • Salary support for new program positions (you must explain how the position would be sustained after the grant term ends)

Priority may be given for projects that will lead to long-term, systemic, and sustainable improvements at the organization.

2.  Increase shelter live release rate

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Fee-waived adoption programs
  • High-volume adoption events
  • Targeted adoption marketing campaigns
  • Foster programs
  • Relocation initiatives

3. Decrease shelter intake

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Lost and found
  • Return to owner in the field
  • Pet retention assistance
  • Re-homing assistance

Grant Amount

  • Grants will range between $5,000 and $10,000 each.
  • A site visit may be required as part of the review process or as a condition of receiving the grant funds.
  • Consultation services may be offered as part of a grant package.

Grants will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis until grant funds are fully expended.

Please Note

  • Applicants should have the following information available for the application:
    • Your organization’s Federal Tax ID/Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    • Most recent Form 990
    • Annual animal intake and adoption numbers

For questions about this Initiative, please contact  For application submission inquiries/technical difficulties, please contact the ASPCA Grants team. Usual ASPCA guidelines and reporting apply.

Incomplete applications will not be considered