ASPCA-Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Equipment Grants

Special Opportunity for National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) Clinics

Humane Alliance, a program of the ASPCA, is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to organizations that have been accepted into the National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) training program. Eligible organizations are invited to apply for up to $85,000 for spay/neuter equipment to establish a new spay/neuter clinic, or up to $40,000 to expand an existing spay/neuter clinic.  An additional $5,000 is also available for start-up NSNRT clinics for travel and associated costs to attend the training program at Humane Alliance.

Since 2006, the NSNRT program has helped mentor more than 150 clinics in best practices in the self-sustaining operation of high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter clinics. These grants are intended to help new clinics establish their operations and to help high-performing, existing clinics increase their capacity.

For more information about how to apply to join the NSNRT program, click here.

Eligible Applicants

  • Organization must have been accepted into the NSNRT training program, AND
  • Organization must be an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental organization located in the United States and in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service, AND
  • Organization must be willing to engage in consultation with the ASPCA-Humane Alliance and provide data on the funded project, AND
  • Organization must be in good standing with the ASPCA-Humane Alliance, including no overdue requirements from previous grants, AND
  • Organization must be focused on providing surgeries for public animals, such as owned pets and community cats.  Surgeries for in-house shelter and rescue animals are allowable, but the majority of surgeries supported by these grants must be for public animals.
  • For organizations requesting start-up funds, the organization must be at least 6 months away from opening the clinic and already have a building leased or purchased.

Eligible Costs

Funds may be used for:

  • Medical and administrative equipment necessary to open up a one veterinarian spay/neuter practice, or to expand an existing spay/neuter practice, such as surgical tables, lights, anesthesia machines, autoclaves, kennels and admission forms. (An equipment list will be provided as part of the NSNRT mentorship process.).  Note that funds cannot be used for equipment that has already been purchased prior to the date that the grant is awarded.
  • Up to 3 months of consumables such as suture material, gloves, anesthetic drugs, etc.
  • For start-up grants, an additional $5,000 may be requested for travel and associated costs to attend the NSNRT training at Humane Alliance (a separate budget must be provided)

Grant Award

  • Grants for start-up costs will be made up to $85,000 to be used within a 12-month period; an additional $5,000 may be requested for travel and associated costs to attend the NSNRT training at Humane Alliance.
  • Grants for expansion costs will be made up to $40,000 to be used within a 12-month period.
  • Grantees will also receive ASPCA-Humane Alliance consultation services on the funded project/program.

Please Note

Applicants should have the following information available for the application:

  • Organization’s Federal Tax ID/Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Most recent Form 990
  • Previous month’s statement of activities (i.e. income/expense statement, P&L statement)
  • Annual operating budget for your clinic using the spreadsheet provided by ASPCA-Humane Alliance
  • An itemized equipment list that includes the TOTAL amount requested and a breakdown of individual items and costs per item
  • List of board members
  • For start-up grants, proof that the organization has at least $35,000 in reserves
  • For start-up grants, a budget for travel costs associated with NSNRT training at Humane Alliance, if applicable
  • Annual animal intake and adoption numbers, if applicable

Grantees will be required to collect and submit data to the ASPCA regarding their funded project. 

Preference will be given to organizations that:

  • Demonstrate a clear and realistic sustainability plan
  • Have well-written and realistic goals
  • For expansion grants, preference will be shown to practices that demonstrate how they intend to increase their surgeries by 5,000 animals over the next two years

How to Apply

Submit your online application here:

Please note that this is a password-protected application. If you are an eligible organization, please contact Aimee St. Arnaud for the password.

Grants will be made on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted or at the discretion of the ASPCA-Humane Alliance.

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