Grants Toward Response to Equine Cruelty Cases in Florida and Wisconsin
Timeframe: Letters of Inquiry will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET Friday, Oct 5, 2018.
The ASPCA Equine Welfare Department announces up to $75,000 in grant funds to support effective law enforcement response to equine cruelty cases in the states of Florida and Wisconsin.
Understanding that these cases often require significant resources, training and expertise, the ASPCA is looking for requests for funding to remove local barriers to addressing equine cruelty. Grants will be considered to increase housing capacity and provide other resources that would facilitate the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of equines from situations of cruelty and neglect.
Organizations located in Florida or Wisconsin meeting these criteria may apply for the ASPCA Equine Anti-Cruelty Capacity-Building Grant:
Agencies with enforcement authority to address equine cruelty cases in jurisdictions in Florida or Wisconsin or agencies working in partnership with same
Established 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental organizations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service
Past recipients of ASPCA grants must be up to date with all ASPCA grant requirements.
Grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000
Letters of Inquiry will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, October 5, 2018.
Candidates will be notified via email if their organization has been selected to complete a full proposal.
Submit full proposals via the ASPCA Grants Portal by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Proposal applicants will be notified of final decisions by Monday, November 5, 2018.
Guidelines for Completing a Letter of Inquiry
As a first step to determining which groups to fund, we are asking all interested organizations to submit a letter of inquiry (LOI). In your LOI, you will be asked to tell us the following:
Your agency’s experience and track record in addressing animal cruelty in general (not limited to equine). How many cases have you done in the last year? How many (and what kinds of) animals have you rescued? Please note that you do not have to have a substantial track record in addressing equine cruelty to be considered for these grants.
What is your geographic jurisdiction? What is the human population of your jurisdiction? What is a ballpark estimate of the equine population?
Your perception of the extent of equine cruelty in your jurisdiction. Are you aware of any cases that have not been investigated or prosecuted because of barriers associated with handling equine cruelty cases? What were the specific challenges? Please do not provide any case specifics.
If you already rescue equines from cruelty, please tell us about your rehoming process
If you are a law enforcement/animal control agency:
How many staff are dedicated to animal cruelty investigations? Are they sworn officers?
What kind of animal cruelty investigations training does your staff have?
Do you have any existing housing for dogs/cats? Equines? Other species? How many of each of these can you house at one time?
Approximately how many arrests were made in 2017 for animal cruelty? How many were equine-related?
If you are a shelter/rescue or other non-law enforcement agency:
Do you have any staff that assist with cruelty investigations?
Have you sheltered cruelty case animals in the past? How many and what kind?
Please summarize any specific protocols you have for handling cruelty case animals?
What kind and how many units of existing housing do you have for dogs/cats/equines/others?
How willing is the prosecutor’s office in your jurisdiction to take cases involving animal cruelty in general? Is there one dedicated prosecutor for animal cruelty in your jurisdiction or does it vary? Approximately how many animal cruelty cases were prosecuted in 2017? What were the outcomes? How many were equine cruelty? In how many animal cruelty cases did the prosecutor dismiss all charges?
What are the barrier(s) or obstacle(s) which you believe keep your agency from undertaking more equine cruelty cases in your jurisdiction?
What is your proposal to overcome these barriers or obstacles? How would it enable your agency to rescue, rehab and rehome more equines from cruelty? Please include your plans for rehabbing and rehoming if funded by this grant.
What is the total cost of your proposal? How much funding are you requesting from the ASPCA?
Describe any existing partnerships you have with other organizations that support your work addressing animal cruelty. Do you work with or assist other jurisdictions? Which ones? What partnerships are you lining up to support the proposal outlined here?
If you have existing housing for equines, please be prepared to provide the following information:
Equines at your facility on Jan. 1, 2017
Equine intake during 2017
Equines adopted out during 2017
Equines euthanized during 2017
Equines transferred to another shelter or rescue facility during 2017
Equines leaving your facility for any other reason during 2017