The ASPCA is thrilled to award a total of $125,000 to three organizations that are developing innovative programs to keep horses in their homes. According to Dr. Emily Weiss, VP of Equine Welfare for the ASPCA, “We know that there are many horses suffering needlessly or being surrendered to rehoming organizations because their owners are experiencing short-term economic stress or have other issues that are relatively straight-forward to address. The ASPCA is promoting innovation and expansion of safety-net programs to help keep these horses with their owners when that is in their best interest. This will ensure good outcomes not only for them, but also for those equines genuinely in need of rehoming by ensuring the limited capacity of rehoming organizations remains available for those most in need.”
The 2018 Equine Welfare Safety Net Innovation grant recipients include a horse rescue, animal shelter and public university:
Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, MD, received $25,000 to leverage the strong network of animal control agencies it partners with. The rescue provides horses in need with emergency support, working with owners who are facing temporary hardship but remain committed to the good welfare of their horses. These funds will pay for such things as hay, veterinary care and farrier services.
Kentucky Humane Society in Louisville, KY, was granted $50,000 to create a help line to field calls from overwhelmed owners and partner with the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian and the Kentucky Horse Council to identify and assist horses suffering from unintentional neglect or who are at risk of surrender.
University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine received $50,000 to to study the impact of free veterinary clinics and individual care for horses in underserved communities in northern California and Nevada. They will use supervised veterinary students to provide essential veterinary care, educate owners, and promote routine preventative medicine.
Working with external partners, the ASPCA intends to discover the most impactful programs for ensuring good welfare for all equine.
The ASPCA Equine Welfare Department announces a $50,000 opportunity for organizations looking to make a positive, creative and innovative difference to help equines in their community!
The ASPCA’s Equine Welfare Safety Net Innovation Grant Program is focused on bringing the newest, boldest and most creative safety net and welfare programs to life.
Equine welfare is at risk due to a variety of factors, one of which is a lack of safety net support designed to keep horses in their homes (or provide access to euthanasia) when that is best for their welfare.
If you have what you think is a one-of-a-kind, innovative idea that will positively impact safety net services for equine welfare, we want to hear about it. If chosen, your proposal could be funded up to $50,000.
The Equine Welfare Safety Net Innovation Grant is about discovering what can be done: We’re looking for something that could stand as a program for others to implement in their area as a way to improve welfare and safety net services for all equines.
For your proposal, consider:
Innovative ways to identify and reach owners with at-risk horses
New services or resources to help horses, keeping them with their owners
New programs and processes to increase bonds between horses and their people
Creative programs that need funding to get off the ground
Organizations located in the United States that meet any of the following criteria may apply for the ASPCA Equine Welfare Safety Net Innovation Grant:
Veterinary clinics and all other equine service providers
Equine associations or foundations
Universities and trade schools
Shelters that are 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental entities
Past recipients of ASPCA grants must be up to date with all ASPCA grant requirements
Grants will range from $5,000 to $50,000.
Letters of Inquiry will be accepted until Tuesday, Sept. 4, 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, October 1, 2018.
Full proposal applicants will be notified of final decisions by Monday, October 15, 2018.
Guidelines for Completing LOI
Tell us about your organization and your ability to implement this safety net program. Clearly articulate what the project will be and include the following:
The need, situation, or issue the proposed innovation is trying to address
What is driving the need?
How pervasive is the need?
In what ways can you demonstrate there is a need for this safety net service?
Describe how this project could be replicated
How many horses will you help and in what ways?
To achieve those results, what will your organization do?
How will the ASPCA know your organization did what you said it would do?
How will the ASPCA know the grant has achieved its desired results?