The ASPCA 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 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.
The ASPCA 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 will consider grant applications for equines ONLY in the following areas (submit one project or request per application).
Grants are available for housing and/or rehabilitation of equines who are the victims of cruelty, neglect or abandonment and who have been lawfully seized by law enforcement. To be eligible, the request must involve 8 or more equines from a single case. Support is limited to a maximum of $500/horse (not to exceed $15,000 total) and 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.
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 Welfare program. Applications must be submitted within three months of the incident.