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Grants to USA Disaster Response Agencies to Prepare for and Respond to
Natural Disasters Affecting Companion Animals, Equines, and Their Owners

ASPCA Disaster Response

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Foundation / Corporation

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American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Deadline Date:

11/08/21 2:00 PM


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Grants to USA and territories authorized disaster response agencies to prepare for and respond to natural disasters affecting animals. Funds may be requested to help agencies respond to recent natural disasters as well as for capacity building and preparedness. Priority will be given to authorized disaster response agencies impacted by, responding to, or planning to respond to Hurricane Ida, other recent hurricanes or tropical storms, or recent wildfires.

The ASPCA is inviting proposals for funding from authorized disaster response agencies providing direct support to companion animals, equines, and their owners in communities currently or recently impacted by or at high risk for catastrophic natural disasters. 

You may request funding to cover expenses incurred or pending in a current or recent disaster occurring on or after April 1, 2021. Funding is also available for capacity-building and preparedness for future natural disasters. Priorities for funding include costs related to animal rescue, sheltering, food, and veterinary care incurred by the applicant.  

All proposals must designate at least 20% of requested funding for capacity-building and preparedness for future disasters. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • Training 
  • Emergency shelter and veterinary equipment and supplies necessary for temporary sheltering 
  • Field rescue gear and supplies 
  • Animal transport equipment and supplies, including vehicles for local evacuation   

Requests for funding that are designated entirely for capacity-building and preparedness will also be accepted from authorized disaster response agencies not impacted by or not needing support for current or recent disasters. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198637

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range generally from $25,000 - $100,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be an established 501(c)(3) or governmental entity located within the United States and territories
- Must be an authorized disaster response agency integrated into a jurisdiction’s emergency disaster response through an existing MOU, by being written into the jurisdiction’s disaster plan, by way of a formal request on official letterhead from an agency having jurisdiction, or by similar means that verify the organization’s official and ongoing role.
- If a past ASPCA® grant recipient, must be current on all reporting requirements

If a 501(c)(3) 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

This grant opportunity is available to all organizations meeting the above criteria. Priority will be given to groups with a history of disaster response working within a jurisdiction’s official emergency disaster response structure as well as a demonstrated commitment to disaster preparedness.

Funding is not available for regular operating costs, including salaries or costs related to repairing existing infrastructure.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Review Timeline
The application opens on Friday, September 24, at 9:00 a.m. ET. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m. ET or until all available funding is allotted, whichever comes first. Groups are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Candidates will be notified via email by Monday, November 22, 2021, if their organizations have been selected to complete formal applications in our grant management system.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


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