This year’s funded projects will pursue new data, evidence, or narratives that can inspire consumers, companies, farmers, institutions, and/or policymakers in transitioning away from factory farming to more humane, equitable, and sustainable food production.
Research may be conducted formally or informally.
The project need not be directly related to animal welfare, provided benefits ultimately flow to animals.
Grants will generally range from $15,000 - $25,000, with a maximum individual grant amount of $50,000. The total funding amount available for this grant opportunity is $100,000.
- Entities— US public and private entities, including organizations and institutions (both nonprofit and for-profit)
- Generalizability – Projects with a local scope must be able to demonstrate broader applicability or replicability. One option is the publication of learnings or results.
The ASPCA® was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans. Acting effectively on that belief requires a commitment to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome and encourage diverse candidates to apply for our grant opportunities in the interest of working together to improve the lives of animals in need.
Grant seekers must meet ASPCA Grantee Organizational Standards:
- If a past ASPCA grant recipient, you must be current on all reporting requirements
- If a nonprofit 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
- Charitable registration must be current/active in the state of the Grantee’s primary location (for grants >=$25,000)
- Individuals or teams not associated with an eligible entity listed above
- Projects involving or relying on invasive procedures on live animals
Projects will be considered if they contribute new research (whether formal or informal), evidence, reports, or narratives that have the potential to move farmers, consumers, lawmakers, policymakers, corporations, and/or institutional buyers from conventional animal agriculture to more humane, equitable, and sustainable alternatives including higher-welfare farming practices, pasture-based and regenerative animal agriculture, and plant-based alternatives.
We are interested in funding projects related to:
- Documenting or quantifying the prevalence of industrial animal agriculture practices that cause animal suffering, worker health or safety issues, food safety risks, damage to local economies, farmer financial instability, environmental damage, or other social harms. (e.g., intensive confinement, waste management issues, anticompetitive practices, misleading product claims)
- Unexplored or unquantified connections between higher-welfare farming practices (e.g., confinement-free, pasture-based, or otherwise animal-centered systems) and benefits to the environment, public health, local economies, worker wellbeing or business viability
- Quantifying the financial costs of factory farms on individuals, communities, and taxpayers, and strategies to increase accountability for these costs
- Unexplored strategies to assist farmers to transition from conventional animal agriculture to more humane, equitable, and sustainable alternatives, including higher-welfare farming practices, pasture-based and regenerative animal agriculture, and plant-based alternatives.
- Public surveys, social media trials, or other research approaches to determine the best messaging to motivate and persuade key stakeholders to adopt more humane, equitable, and sustainable practices.