Expanding Safe Housing for Cruelty Case Animals: ASPCA Policy, Response & Engagement Grants for Florida and North Carolina
Timeframe: Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET
The ASPCA announces up to $50,000 in grant funds to support the development and expansion of sheltering resources in the states of Florida and North Carolina. Funds will support animal victims of cruelty and neglect who are being held by law enforcement, animal control agencies or nonprofit animal welfare organizations pending legal outcomes in criminal cases.
Significant resources are often needed to provide shelter for animal victims for indeterminate periods while legal action is pending, so the ASPCA is requesting proposals from organizations looking to expand housing capacity for these animals.
Priority will be given to organizations willing and able to play a regional leadership role in providing housing for animals from cases in neighboring jurisdictions and to those that can help the greatest number of animals.
Organizations located in Florida or North Carolina with existing housing for cruelty-case animals that meet the criteria below are eligible to apply for funding from the ASPCA Safe Housing for Cruelty Case Animals Grant Initiative:
Agencies with enforcement authority to address animal cruelty cases in jurisdictions in Florida or North Carolina, or working in partnership with such agencies
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 (LOIs): LOIs will be accepted until Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET.
Candidates will be notified via email if their organization has been selected to complete a full proposal.
The deadline for finalists selected to submit a full proposal via the ASPCA grants portal is Monday, November 19, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET.
Final Decisions: Full proposal applicants will be notified of final decisions by Monday, December 10, 2018.
Guidelines for Completing an LOI
Interested organizations must submit an LOI as the first step. In your LOI, you will be asked to tell us the following:
Your agency’s experience and track record in addressing animal cruelty. How many cases have you done in the last year? How many (and what species of) animals have you housed?
What is your geographic jurisdiction? What is the human population in your jurisdiction?
Your perception of the extent of animal cruelty and neglect in your jurisdiction. Please include the prevalence of different types of animal fighting in your jurisdiction. In addition, please tell us how well you feel your jurisdiction is currently able to address and respond appropriately to animal cruelty.
What kind and how many units of existing housing do you have for dogs/cats/equines/others? Please break out by species.
Are you aware of any cases that have not been investigated or prosecuted because of concerns over having adequate resources to house the victims? Please explain but do not provide any case specifics.
If you are a law enforcement/animal control agency:
How many staff are dedicated to animal cruelty investigations? Are they sworn officers?
What kind animal cruelty investigations training does your staff have?
Approximately how many complaints were made in 2017 for animal cruelty? How many resulted in arrest? How many resulted in charges (if available)? Please break down by type if possible, e.g. dog-fighting, cock-fighting, hoarding, neglect, deliberate cruelty
If you are a law enforcement /animal control agency:
How do you prioritize requests; which animal cruelty cases do you take, which do you decline, what do you do with the ones you can’t or decide not to help?
If you are a shelter/rescue or other non-law enforcement agency:
Do you have any staff that assist with cruelty investigations?
How willing is the prosecutor’s office in your jurisdiction to take cases involving animal cruelty? 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? In how many animal cruelty cases did the prosecutor dismiss all charges?
How many additional units of housing are you requesting funds for, and for what species? What is the cost for these additional units of housing?
Are there other barriers or obstacles you face in addressing large-scale cruelty cases? Would additional funding help you in addressing these? Please tell us about these barriers/obstacles and how additional funding could help you in addressing them. How much would it cost?
What is the total cost of your request? Please include additional costs from the last question ONLY if they are essential to the success of your proposal.
How will you keep your cruelty-case capacity utilized if locally there isn’t always demand? Will you make these resources available to other jurisdictions? If so, how?
Describe any existing partnerships you have with other organizations to address animal cruelty. Do you work with or assist other jurisdictions? Which ones? What partnerships are you lining up to support the proposal outlined above?
If you have existing housing for dogs and cats, please be prepared to provide the following information:
Dogs at your facility on 1/1/17
Dog intake during 2017
Dogs adopted out during 2017
Dogs euthanized during 2017
Dogs transferred to another shelter or rescue facility during 2017
Dogs leaving your facility for any other reason during 2017
Dogs at your facility on 12/31/17
Cats at your facility on 1/1/17
Cat intake during 2017
Cats adopted out during 2017
Cats euthanized during 2017
Cats transferred to another shelter or rescue facility during 2017
Cats leaving your facility for any other reason during 2017