The ASPCA establishes consistent guidelines for the kinds of work we can support with grant funds. We evaluate requests for grants based on the funding priorities and restrictions listed below. Please note that the restrictions apply to all of our grant types.
Please refer to our list of Frequently Asked Questions below to assist you throughout the grants process.
The ASPCA is one of the largest funders of animal welfare-related programs and organizations in the United States. Our grantmaking is primarily focused on programs designed to achieve results and impact consistent with our strategic and organizational priorities. To this end, we typically require reports and other data collection from our grantees as a means to measure efficacy and evaluate impact.
Q: WHAT TYPES OF GRANT REQUESTS WILL THE ASPCA CONSIDER?
The ASPCA will solicit and consider proposals via:
- Requests for Proposals (RFPs) with scheduled deadlines (these can be program- and strategic partner-focused; examples of past opportunities include Lil BUB’s BIG Fund for the ASPCA, Mega Match-a-thon, Rescuing Racers Initiative, etc.)
- Invitation-only proposals in specific geographic and programmatic areas (Animal Relocation, some Shelter & Spay/Neuter-focused grants, FIR Response Partners, etc.)
- Open RFPs available year-round on a rolling-basis in a variety of standing program areas. “Rolling basis” means that applications are reviewed and considered as soon as they are received, rather than on a particular deadline. (See below for our open RFPs)
Open RFPs include:
- Grants to support efforts to prevent and respond to animal cruelty
- Grants to support efforts to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters
- Animal Population Control Program (APCP) grants to support low-cost spay/neuter programs in New York State
- Grants to organizations sheltering and caring for at-risk equines
- Limited conference sponsorship and scholarship support
- ASPCA Northern Tier Shelter Initiative grants in seven targeted states (AK, WA, ID, MT, ND, WI, MN)
Q: What is a RFP (Request for Proposal)?
RFP is an acronym for “Request for Proposal.” The RFP lists the description, qualifications, guidelines and application procedures for a particular grant program. (Please make note of the RFP name as you will be asked to enter this information on your grant application—this will help to ensure you apply using the correct application form).
When the ASPCA rolls out a new grant program, the RFP is posted as a grant opportunity.
Q: IS THE ASPCA ACCEPTING REQUESTS FOR SUPPORT OF SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAMS?
The ASPCA believes that S/N programs—when delivered in strategic and targeted ways—are a vital component to achieve an end to homelessness. S/N funding will be primarily limited to current established partners*. The ASPCA may issue targeted RFPs to fund S/N efforts that are designed to prevent shelter intake and increase pet retention. Measurement of impact of these programs will be a key factor in funding decisions for such requests. To learn about these potential grant opportunities and others as soon as they become available, we recommend signing up to receive the ASPCApro.org e-newsletter.
* Current established partners include ASPCA Partnership organizations, approved ASPCA L.A. Relocation Partners, and source (and, in limited circumstances, receiving) shelters in the ASPCA’s established East, Midwest and West Coast relocation corridors (with an emphasis on support for capacity building in source shelters). Other S/N funding opportunities may arise as a result of tactical team work but will be highly focused on specific impacts (i.e. intake prevention and pet retention).
Q: WHEN CAN ORGANIZATIONS APPLY FOR GRANTS?
Proposals in some program areas will be considered on a rolling basis (no deadline) while other proposals will have specific application periods and deadlines. For the most current information related to open RFPs, deadlines, and priority areas, applicants should refer to ASPCApro.org/grants.
Q: HOW DO ORGANIZATIONS APPLY FOR GRANTS?
Visit ASPCApro.org/grants for information on available grant opportunities and priority funding areas. Please note all grant requests must be submitted online through our Grants Portal at aspca.fluxx.io. (Proposals submitted by mail or e-mail will not be considered). Some programs may be invitation-only and require an invitation to apply from an ASPCA staff member but all applications must be submitted online.
Q: WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR A GRANT?
While each grant RFP will have its own unique requirements as part of the application process, generally speaking, most applications require the following materials (please note in many cases these documents are optional and informational only. Refer to your specific RFP for a list of required documentation):
- Most recent IRS form 990, 990-N, or other applicable tax return
- Most recent annual organizational budget showing income and expenses
- Project budget for the requested funds
- Signed W-9, in the case of government entities
- Vendor quotes or other price documentation, if applicable (e.g. for grants that include funding for vehicles, quotes from vendors for a half- and full-wrap)
- Audited Financials, if available/applicable
- List of previous grants & fundraising
- Current and previous year's balance sheets
- Additional materials as required by the specific RFP
Q: HOW CAN ORGANIZATIONS KNOW/KEEP UP WITH UP THE MOST RECENT OR UPCOMING GRANT OPPORTUNITIES?
The best way to stay up-to-date is to subscribe to the ASPCApro.org e-newsletter and to regularly visit ASPCApro.org/grants.
Q: DOES THE ASPCA ACCEPT UNSOLICITED (uninvited) REQUESTS?
Unsolicited requests are accepted in a limited number of priority areas listed below:
- Anti-cruelty grants
- Emergency and disaster grants
- ASPCA equine welfare grants
- NY State Animal Population Control Program (APCP) grants
- Limited conference sponsorship and scholarship support
- Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in a variety of program areas with scheduled deadlines
Q: Why are some of your grant opportunities by invitation only? How do I get invited to apply?
It is common for funders to cycle through periods of open (i.e. open to all eligible applicants) vs. closed (by invitation only). Many funders accept applications solely by invitation; the ASPCA offers a mix of both open and closed RFPs throughout the year. Eligibility for closed RFPs is typically limited to organizations that partner with the ASPCA in our other program areas and/or develop a relationship with us by becoming a grantee through one of our open RFPs. Sign up for ASPCA Pro email updates in order to receive advance notification of upcoming RFPs.
There are several reasons that some of the ASPCA’s grant opportunities are by invitation only:
- Program alignment: The ASPCA gives grants that are in alignment with our mission and strategic objectives in pursuit of that mission. Eligibility guidelines for applicants and their proposals are tailored to those objectives. For example, The ASPCA places animals rescued from cruelty and disaster incidents with placement partners across the country. Placement grants are typically by invitation only and limited to organizations that have a formal partnership or pre-existing relationship with the ASPCA.
- Budget limitations: We have limited funds to allocate across multiple grant programs, and we may limit the number of applications, restrict eligibility or cap requested amounts in order to garner a competitive pool of qualified proposals as well as increase an applicant’s odds of receiving a grant. For example, if we have $100,000 to fund fee-waived adoption events, we might cap requests at $5,000 and limit the number of applications to the first 50 applicants in an open RFP, or we might identify and invite 20 applicants in a closed RFP.
- Donor restrictions: The ASPCA is funded by individual and institutional donors. Some of our grant programs are funded by gifts that have geographic, programmatic or other restrictions (e.g. New York State Animal Population Control Program grants), so we limit eligibility to applicants and projects that meet those criteria.
The best way to get on our radar is to work with us in our other program areas and/or become a grantee through one of our open applications.
Note that some of our applications are open year-round, including Anti-Cruelty, Equine, and Disaster/Emergency.
Q: WHAT REPORTING IS REQUIRED IF A REQUEST FOR FUNDING IS APPROVED?
All grants are subject to standard reports on use of funds, public acknowledgement of funding, and other reporting requirements. In addition, most grants will be provided with the understanding that measurement of impact and efficacy must be reported to the ASPCA on an agreed-upon schedule. Frequency of reporting (i.e. annual, quarterly, etc.) may vary depending on the nature of the grant, program, or RFP.
Q: HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HEAR IF OUR GRANT REQUEST HAS BEEN APPROVED?
Applicants can expect to hear from our grants team within 90 days from proposal submission, unless otherwise noted in the RFP. NY State APCP grant requests may take longer due to availability of funds.
Q: IF THERE ARE NO AVAILABLE ASPCA GRANT OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE A GOOD FIT, WHERE ELSE CAN I FIND FUNDING?
Q: ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS TO FOOD PURCHASED WITH ASPCA GRANT FUNDS?
Yes. If any grant funds are used to purchase food for a gathering of individuals, including at conferences, trainings and other events sponsored by the ASPCA, Grantee agrees to limit the use of ASPCA funds to purchase vegetarian, vegan, fish or welfare-certified meat products only. "Welfare-certified meat products" shall mean products that are from farms, obtained either directly or through another supplier (restaurant, retailer, etc.), that are certified by at least one of the following certification programs: (a) Animal Welfare Approved; (b) Certified Humane; and/or (c) Global Animal Partnership, Steps 2 and above. For more information about welfare-certified products or where to locate welfare-certified products, please visit Finding Higher-Welfare Products on ASPCA.org.
Employees, volunteers or other associates of a Grantee whose food expenses are reimbursed or otherwise paid from ASPCA grant funds, including, but not limited to beneficiaries of travel stipends and scholarships, are strongly encouraged to choose higher-welfare meat products, fish, vegan or vegetarian food.
The ASPCA generally will not support:
- Organizations whose mission is unrelated to animal welfare
- Multi-year grant pledges
- Individuals, private foundations, endowments, churches or religious programs, fraternal, social or labor organizations
- Organizations with unusually high administrative expenses or other indicators of financial mismanagement
- Organizations which demonstrate or have previously demonstrated practices that are irreconcilable with ASPCA grant standards
- Political parties, candidates, or political activities
- Capital campaigns or large construction projects
- Organizations that discriminate because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or any areas covered by any applicable federal, state, or local laws
- Organizations based outside the United States, or projects that solely benefit animals outside the United States
- Projects for wildlife or marine life
- Individual animals
- Organizations that have lost their IRS tax-exempt status (Visit Guidestar.org to ensure your organization is in good standing with the IRS.)
- Overhead expenses
Please note that an ASPCA grant award indicates our support of the specific project identified in your award letter. Approved grants do not imply endorsement, certification or approval of organizations or their activities, nor do they imply affiliation with the ASPCA.
Grantees who receive funding for a scholarship/travel stipend shall keep the best interest of its organization and the ASPCA in mind when making travel and lodging arrangements, and shall endeavor to keep the cost of such arrangements reasonable.
Q: Why was my grant request declined?
The following list contains the most common reasons why the ASPCA declines certain requests for funding.
- Frequent Grant Recipient: Applicant has multiple active grants or has been a frequent grant recipient
- Duplicate Application: Applicant submitted more than one application for the same purpose
- Incomplete Application: Required or requested data and/or supplemental information and documentation have not been submitted
- Ineligible Applicant: See "Funding Restrictions" above
- Lack of Clarity or Details: Request does not state a specific purpose or does not provide adequate explanation or information
- Limited Resources/Budgetary Constraints: Grant budget for the proposed project is depleted or inadequate to accommodate the request
- Request Does Not Meet ASPCA or RFP Standards: Details of the request indicate that outcomes, policies or procedures do not meet specific standards of the grant program or RFP (request for proposals) or general standards sought by the ASPCA
- Multiple Projects in One Request: Request contains multiple projects
- No Funding to Individuals: Individuals are ineligible to apply for ASPCA grants (unless otherwise noted in a specific RFP)
- Outside Geographic Operating Area: Applicant's domicile or the geographic area for which grant funds are requested do not fall within the ASPCA's mission, priorities, grant program or RFP (request for proposals)
- Outside of Current Funding Priorities: Request does not fulfill current ASPCA priorities
- Outside of Guidelines: Request does not fall within stated guidelines
- Overdue Grant Requirements: Applicant has current grant requirements that are overdue, or outstanding (but not necessarily overdue) requirements on an existing grant have not yet been submitted and will be a prerequisite for new funding.
- Other Concerns/Poorly Presented: Application is vague or incomprehensible, contains excessive errors or other indications that do not meet standards of eligibility for ASPCA grant funding
- Unsolicited: Applicant was not formally invited to submit an application for an invitation-only program
- Withdrawn by Applicant: Applicant requests declination
- Wrong Application: Applicant submitted the wrong letter of inquiry or application for their request
TECHNICAL & TROUBLESHOOTING FAQS
The ASPCA switched to a new Grants Portal, Fluxx, in September 2017. In this new portal you can view your current and past grants, submit reports, monitor payments, and update your organization’s information. PLEASE NOTE: Your former password from the previous ASPCA portal will not work in our new system. For detailed instructions on how to register, please refer to this link: Registering for an ASPCA Account.
Q: HOW DO I LOGIN TO THE NEW ASPCA GRANTS PORTAL (FLUXX)?
If you already have an existing account in Fluxx, you can login to the portal by visiting Fluxx and entering your username and password. (If you have an existing account but forgot your password, click “Reset or create password.” Do NOT click this if you do not have an account in the new system yet).
If you have never logged into the new ASPCA Grants Portal, you must register for a new username and password by clicking the "Create an account now button" on the log-in page. (PLEASE NOTE: Your former password from the previous ASPCA portal will not work in our new system). Though we try to be as responsive as possible, please note that during busier periods it may take up to 2 business days to receive your new login information.
Q: I AM UNABLE TO LOGIN INTO THE ASPCA GRANTS PORTAL. HOW CAN I FIX THIS?
There are several reasons you may not be able to login to the new portal. Please review the list below for simple troubleshooting solutions:
- Register in new system: if this is your first time trying to log in in to the new system and you are not able to logon, you may not be registered in our new system yet. Please note that even if you are a prior applicant from our old system, your login information will not have transferred over. You will need to create a new account by following the steps described here: Registering for an ASPCA Account.
- Reset password: if you are already registered in the new system, but have forgotten your password, click “Reset or create password” to obtain a new password.
- Switch/update browser: the Grants Portal is optimized for Google Chrome. If you are using another browser (e.g. Internet Explorer; Safari; Mozilla), try switching to Chrome. Also ensure that your browser is upvtovdate with the latest updates to avoid technical glitches.
- Clear browser: your browser may need to be reset or “cleared” in case it is remembering any old passwords. If you are using Google Chrome, click on the upper right hand corner (the three vertical dots), then click “Settings”. On the Settings page, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Advanced,” then click “Clear Browsing Data,” select the data you would like to clear, and click “Clear Data”.
If you are still unable to login after reviewing the above list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will assist you.
Q: I HAD ALREADY APPLIED FOR A GRANT IN YOUR PREVIOUS GRANTS SYSTEM. WILL MY INFORMATION ROLL-OVER FROM THE OLD SYSTEM INTO THE NEW ONE?
Yes. We have made every effort to ensure that all of your previous grant applications, reports, payments, contacts, and basic organizational information have rolled over into the new system. (Please note that your former password to login will NOT work in the new system.) However, we require that all applicants review and update their Organizational Profile in the new system to ensure it is up to date by clicking “Organization” on the left hand side menu of the navigation bar in Fluxx and filling out the Organizational Profile.
Q: I applied for a grant and received a message saying that I used the wrong application form. Do I need to start my application all over again?
If you applied for a grant but used an application form that was different from the RFP you intended to apply for, you may have received a message from our system instructing you to log back in to the Grants Portal to complete the correct form. Please refer to that email for detailed instructions on how to proceed, and which form to complete.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you will have to begin the process from scratch—we will make every effort to transfer some of your information over. If you completed your Organizational Profile, you will not have to update that again unless you have further edits. Unfortunately, in some cases you may need to begin the grant application again or else you could be disqualified for funding. Be sure to carefully review our list of Grant Opportunities to ensure you are applying using the correct form. Then, once you have selected the appropriate form in the Grants Portal, pay close attention to the question “For which RFP are you applying?” and be sure to select the RFP you are interested in.
Q: MY ORGANIZATION HAS MULTIPLE USERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO ACCESS THE ASPCA GRANTS PORTAL. CAN WE ALL REGISTER UNDER THE SAME ACCOUNT?
Yes, the new ASPCA Grants Portal allows several users to register under one organization’s account. All users who have registered under your organization will be able to view, edit, and update the same information related to your organization. (However, each individual will have a unique username and password, so you should each register separately in the system using your own email address. For information on how to register, see question above, “How do I login to the new ASPCA Grants Portal,” or refer to this link for more details: Registering for an ASPCA Account.)
Q: I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY LOGGED INTO MY ACCOUNT, BUT I AM UNABLE TO EDIT MY ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE INFORMATION. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Before making edits to your Organizational Profile, you must first click on the blue “Edit” link on the lower left side of your organization card. If you don’t see an “Edit” link or the link doesn’t function properly and you are unable to edit your Organizational Profile (or any other section of the portal), please email us at email@example.com and someone on the ASPCA Grants Management team will assist you.
Q: I RECEIVED A MESSAGE THAT I HAVE A REPORT DUE FOR MY GRANT. HOW DO I SUBMIT MY REPORT?
Reports must be submitted online using the ASPCA Grants Portal at aspca.fluxx.io. Once logged in to the portal, click on "Reports to Submit" on the left-hand side navigation menu to complete your report and upload any additional attachments.
Report reminders will be sent approximately one month in advance of their due date. If you need an extension on your reporting due date, require a grant modification, or need to send us a refund for a balance over $100, you can indicate this on the reporting form online by scrolling down to the “Grant Modification Request” section of the report and requesting your changes.
Please visit our grants requirements page for a more detailed description of the ASPCA’s grant reporting requirements.
Q: HOW CAN I REQUEST AN EXTENSION FOR THE REPORT DUE FOR MY GRANT?
If you need to request an extension of two months or longer on your reporting deadline, please log in to the ASPCA Grants Portal and open/edit the report you would an extension on. (To find the report, click on "Reports to Submit" on the left-hand side menu of the portal.) You will be able to request your extension directly on the reporting form itself by scrolling down to the “Grant Modification Request” section of the report. When you are finished, don’t forget to click “Submit.” Note that you will still have to complete the report itself to request the extension for an extension request longer than 2 months.
If you require an extension that is shorter than two months, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (you can copy your Grant Officer on the email if you have their contact information) to ask for an extension.
Q: I HAVE A BALANCE OF OVER $100 REMAINING ON MY GRANT. HOW CAN I SEND YOU A REFUND?
All grantees with a balance of over $100 remaining on their grant at the end of the grant period must issue a refund check made payable to the ASPCA, and mail it to:
Attn: Grants Dept.
520 8th Ave., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Please let us know as soon as possible if you know you will have balance remaining on your grant. On your Final Report form in the Grants Portal (under the “Grant Modification Request” section of the report), indicate the amount of the refund, along with any notes to explain the balance.
Q: MY ORGANIZATION IS UNABLE TO USE ANY OF THE GRANT FUNDS WE RECEIVED. HOW CAN WE CANCEL OUR GRANT?
If you no longer need the grant funds that were awarded to you, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing us at email@example.com.
If the grant check was already mailed to your organization, and you have not cashed it yet, we request that you please mail the original check back to us so we can void it. If you have already cashed the check, please issue a check in the amount of the full grant, made payable to the ASPCA, and mail it to:
Attn: Grants Dept.
520 8th Ave., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Q: FROM WHICH EMAIL ADDRESS CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE ANY ASPCA GRANT-RELATED COMMUNICATIONS?
Most of your emails should come from firstname.lastname@example.org. Some emails will come from @fluxx.io via amazonses.com (specifically, the emails for your log-in credentials and if you reset your password) due to the design of the new system. Your grant officer may also email you separately outside of the grant system. To ensure you receive all of our grants-related communications, please be sure to add these emails to your safe sender list. Particularly for applicants using government servers, emails may get caught in spam if not added to your safe sender list.