ASPCA Equine Fund Accepting Applications

The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to U.S. nonprofit equine welfare organizations and other animal welfare organizations that care for horses, mules, donkeys, and ponies in alignment with the ASPCA's efforts to protect all equines.

The grant program supports equine organizations that strive to achieve best practices both in nonprofit management and equine care. Unsolicited grants are generally awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000 and which seldom exceed 10 percent of an organization's current annual operating budget. A site visit may be required before or as a condition of a grant.

In 2017, the ASPCA Equine Fund will consider grant applications in the following areas (submit one project or request per application):

1) Anti-Cruelty Seizures: Grants for housing and rehabilitation of the equine victims of large-scale seizures due to cruelty, neglect, or abandonment impacting eight or more equine are available. Support in the form of $500 per horse (not to exceed $15,000) can be applied for by an equine rescue group, humane society, or animal control agency.

2) Field Investigations & Response Partner Assistance: Grants to provide support for equine seized by the ASPCA FIR Team in conjunction with partners in law enforcement and placed with a humane society, rescue, or sanctuary. Funding can be used for hay/feed/supplements, veterinary/farrier/dental care, medications/vaccines/gelding and/or training.

3) Emergency/Disaster Support: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to repair damaged structures, provide vet care for injured equine, or replace hay/feed or supplies lost due to fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, break-ins, or other human-caused or natural disasters.

AEF will consider grants to those organizations whose focus and expertise are concentrated on reducing the suffering of equines who have lost their homes or been cruelly treated. Applicants must have already received their 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS or be a governmental/municipal agency in order to apply. Equine rescues and sanctuaries must care for at least ten equine concurrently to be considered for funding. 

See the ASPCA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.