The ASPCA® is inviting proposals for funding from authorized disaster response agencies providing direct support to companion animals, equines, and their owners in communities currently or recently impacted by or at high risk for catastrophic natural disasters. Priority will be given to authorized disaster response agencies impacted by, responding to, or planning to respond to Hurricane Ida, other recent hurricanes or tropical storms, or recent wildfires. Eligible organizations also include any authorized disaster response agency responding to a federally declared natural disaster in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and US territories since April 1, 2021. Up to $1M in total is available for these grants. You may request funding to cover direct expenses related to response to a current or recent disaster and/or for capacity-building and preparedness for future natural disasters.
Grants will range generally from $25,000 - $100,000.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Must be an established 501(c)(3) or governmental entity located within the United States and territories
Must be an authorized disaster response agency integrated into a jurisdiction’s emergency disaster response through an existing MOU, by being written into the jurisdiction’s disaster plan, by way of a formal request on official letterhead from an agency having jurisdiction, or by similar means that verify the organization’s official and ongoing role.
If a past ASPCA® grant recipient, must be current on all reporting requirements
If a 501(c)(3) organization:
- Must be an incorporated or organized legal entity in good standing with the Secretary of State in the state where the organization is incorporated or organized
Must have a board of at least 4 members with a majority of independent members with neither board chair nor treasurer receiving compensation from the organization
This grant opportunity is available to all organizations meeting the above criteria. Priority will be given to groups with a history of disaster response working within a jurisdiction’s official emergency disaster response structure as well as a demonstrated commitment to disaster preparedness.
Funding Restrictions and Parameters
You may request funding to cover expenses incurred or pending in a current or recent disaster occurring on or after April 1, 2021. Funding is also available for capacity-building and preparedness for future natural disasters.
Priorities for funding include costs related to animal rescue, sheltering, food, and veterinary care incurred by the applicant. Funding is not available for regular operating costs, including salaries or costs related to repairing existing infrastructure.
All proposals must designate at least 20% of requested funding for capacity-building and preparedness for future disasters. This includes but is not limited to:
emergency shelter and veterinary equipment and supplies necessary for temporary sheltering
field rescue gear and supplies
animal transport equipment and supplies, including vehicles for local evacuation
Requests for funding that are designated entirely for capacity-building and preparedness will also be accepted from authorized disaster response agencies not impacted by or not needing support for current or recent disasters.
Applicants will be evaluated on their role, history of effectiveness, and need for support.
Grant Review Timeline
The application opens on Friday, September 24, at 9:00 a.m. ET. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m. ET or until all available funding is allotted, whichever comes first. Groups are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.
Candidates will be notified via email by Monday, November 22, 2021, if their organizations have been selected to complete formal applications in our grant management system.
How to Apply
We recommend you prepare the information listed in the companion guide to complete the form in one session. Please be sure that all requested information is included in your responses. Applications cannot be revised after submission.
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