About the Grant
This year’s eligible projects will help incentivize, build the case for, and provide the means necessary to shift the United States food system away from factory farming to practices that benefit animals, farmers and all those impacted by our current food system.
Currently more than 9.5 billion chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, and other land animals are slaughtered every year for food in the United States. The vast majority of these animals are raised on “factory farms,” where they are confined in huge numbers in barren, industrial settings. These facilities are not just inhumane to animals, they threaten the livelihoods of farmers, are environmentally unsound, and jeopardize public wellbeing. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ® (ASPCA ®) is calling for increased transparency in animal agriculture, an end to the cruelest factory farming practices, and adequate funding for a more humane food system. Learn more about our work.
All projects should include a public dissemination component to inform and educate about the project impact. This could be in written form (such as policy reports, whitepapers or articles), digital content (social media or campaign websites) or audio/visual (such as videos, photos, webinars, podcasts or infographics).
Grants will generally range from $10,000 - $20,000, with a maximum individual grant amount of $30,000. There is up to $150,000 in total funding available for this grant opportunity.
- This RFP is open to any U.S. nonprofit, for-profit, or public entity.
- This opportunity is also available to Canadian registered charities/foundations, public universities, and approved municipalities/public bodies.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ® (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 all voices to participate in our advancement of these values in the interest of working together to improve the lives of animals in need.
Applicants must meet ASPCA Grantee Organizational Standards:
- If a past ASPCA grant recipient, 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)
- Projects involving or relying on invasive procedures on live animals
- Individuals or teams not associated with an eligible entity listed above
- Entities not based in the U.S. or Canada
- Projects that do not contribute to a U.S. transition away from factory farming
FAQs and Requirements
Funding Restrictions and Parameters
All project applications must address how they will include a public-facing component, to ensure learnings or outcomes benefit others.
For any peer-reviewed publications resulting from a project funded under this opportunity, the grantee shall submit a draft fifteen (15) days in advance of its submission. For materials being submitted for publication, the final accepted manuscript shall be submitted within fifteen (15) days of its acceptance for publication.
- Make connections between/among various issues impacted by industrial animal agriculture
- Articulate a theory of change
- What needs to change and by whom
- How and why a desired change is expected to happen as a result of this project
- What data will be collected to measure the performance of the project
- Demonstrate how at least some project outcomes will be made usable for the public or other stakeholders—whether that includes publishing primary project materials, or related learnings
- If the proposal includes funding for salary for a position extending beyond the grant term, please tell us your plan for funding that position when the grant term ends
- RFP opens: Tuesday, January 23, at 9 a.m. ET.
- RFP closes: Tuesday, March 5, at 5 p.m. ET.
- Finalists notified via email: On or around Wednesday, April 24 and invited to complete a formal application in our grant management system.
- Funding decisions expected: Around Wednesday, June 26
How to Apply
You must complete your application in one sitting as progress is not saved and submissions cannot be revised.
Use this document to prepare (PDF).