The ASPCA establishes consistent guidelines for the kinds of work we can support with grant funds. We evaluate requests for grants based on the funding priorities and restrictions listed below. Please note that the restrictions apply to all of our grant types.
The ASPCA's funding priorities include grants for the following purposes:
Response to and prevention of animal cruelty
Emergency and disaster response and preparedness
Shelter and spay/neuter programs
- Veterinary outreach
The ASPCA generally will not support:
- Organizations whose mission is unrelated to animal welfare
- Multi-year grant pledges
- Individuals, private foundations, endowments, churches or religious programs, fraternal, social or labor organizations
- Organizations with unusually high administrative expenses or other indicators of financial mismanagement
- Organizations which demonstrate or have previously demonstrated practices that are irreconcilable with ASPCA grant standards
- Political parties, candidates, or lobbying activities
- Capital campaigns or large construction projects
- Organizations that discriminate because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or any areas covered by any applicable federal, state, or local laws
- Organizations based outside the United States, directly or indirectly
- Projects for wildlife or marine life
- Individual animals*
- Start-up organizations*
The ASPCA does not pay for overhead expenses.
*For more information or resources on this type of support, contact us. Do NOT contact the grant administrator or submit a letter of inquiry for either of these purposes.
Current ASPCA $100K Challenge participants are ineligible to apply for shelter or spay/neuter grants; however, they are eligible to request funding for response to cruelty cases, disasters and emergencies.
Please note that an ASPCA grant award indicates our support of the specific project identified in your award letter. Approved grants do not imply endorsement, certification or approval of organizations or their activities nor do they imply affiliation with the ASPCA.
Common Reasons for Denied Grant Requests
The following list contains the most common reasons why the ASPCA rejects certain requests for funding.
- Frequent Grant Recipient: Applicant has multiple active grants or has been a frequent grant recipient
- Duplicate Application: Applicant submitted more than one letter of inquiry or application for the same purpose
- Incomplete Application: Required or requested data and/or supplemental information and documentation have not been submitted
- Ineligible Applicant: See "Funding Restrictions" above
- Lack of Clarity or Details: Request does not state a specific purpose or does not provide adequate explanation or information
- Limited Resources/Budgetary Constraints: Grant budget for the proposed project is depleted or inadequate to accommodate the request
- Request Does Not Meet ASPCA or RFP Standards: Details of the request indicate that outcomes, policies or procedures do not meet specific standards of the grant program or RFP (request for proposals) or general standards sought by the ASPCA
- Multiple Projects in One Request: Request contains multiple projects
- No Funding to Individuals: With limited exceptions, such as scholarships, individuals are ineligible to apply for ASPCA grants
- No Reply to Application Invitation: Applicant submitted a letter of inquiry, was invited to submit a full proposal but did not submit the proposal
- Outside Geographic Operating Area: Applicant's domicile or the geographic area for which grant funds are requested do not fall within the ASPCA's mission, priorities, grant program or RFP (request for proposals)
- Outside of Current Funding Priorities: Request does not fulfill current ASPCA priorities
- Outside of Guidelines: Request does not fall within stated guidelines
- Overdue Grant Requirements: Applicant has current grant requirements that are overdue, or outstanding (but not necessarily overdue) requirements on an existing grant have not yet been submitted and will be a prerequisite for new funding.
- Other Concerns/Poorly Presented: Application is vague or incomprehensible, contains excessive errors or other indications that do not meet standards of eligibility for ASPCA grant funding
- Withdrawn by Applicant: Applicant requests declination
- Wrong Application: Applicant submitted the wrong letter of inquiry or application for their request
SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR REGISTERED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:
The IRS has recently conducted an audit of registered non-profit organizations in order to verify their compliance with IRS filing requirements. Many organizations are unaware of their filing requirements and have neglected to submit necessary documentation. As a result, some organizations have lost their non-profit status. Please verify your filing requirements with the IRS.
The ASPCA conducts regular reviews of our applicants' non-profit status. Requests from organizations which lose their non-profit status for any reason will not be considered for funding.