ASPCA Equine Fund Accepting Applications

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

To that end, the fund awards grants to equine organizations that strive to integrate best practices into both their management and equine care programs. Unsolicited grants are generally awarded in amounts from $500 to $5,000 and 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 2018, the ASPCA Equine Fund will consider grant applications in the following areas (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 affecting eight or more animals. Any equine rescue group, humane society, or animal control agency can apply for support of up to $500 per horse (not to exceed $15,000).

2) Field Investigations & Response Partner Assistance: Grants support equines 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 for the repair of damaged structures, vet care for injured equines, and/or to replace hay/feed or supplies lost to fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, break-ins, or other human-caused or natural disasters. Applications must be submitted within three months of the incident or disaster.

AEF will consider grants to organizations whose expertise is focused on reducing the suffering of equines who have lost their homes or been treated cruelly. Applicants must have already received their 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS or be a governmental/municipal agency. 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.