2016 – Grants for Equine Rescue Organizations (National Grants)

Applying for grants is not as simple as it sounds.  Grants almost always come with restrictions, fine print, and lots and lots of organizations competing for them.  If you have never applied for a grant before it pays to take time to research the funding source thoroughly before applying.  Because competition for grants is intense and instructions are complicated, simply applying the wrong way, omitting information, or missing a preliminary deadline can be enough to knock you out of the running.

Here are a list of sources the offer grants and/or other funding support to equine rescue organizations to start checking out for 2016.  If you are running a nonprofit with a 501(c)3 tax exemption status you should immediately check out RedRover.org (an organization that helps with vet bills and offers a comprehensive database of grant providers), and then go sign up for Tech Soup (get free stuff and often discounts or free memberships into Grant Station) and then, go look into Grant Station, and , but for now, here is a list of few organizations to get you started on your own.

I also have not had a chance yet to thoroughly explore (but you should!)  Grant Gopher and  Foundation Directory Online (search for Grantmakers for free.)

List of Equine Rescue Grants, Funds And Assistance Offered Nationally

After The Finish Line LogoAfter The Finish Line

Grant Summary:   This is a nationally recognized 501(C)3 funding non-profit for Thoroughbred racehorses being transitioned off the racetrack into a second career. They help support Thoroughbreds at rescue organizations across the United States while they await adoption.  The provide grants and emergency funds to qualified Thoroughbred rescue and retirement 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

Grant Amounts:  Information Not Available

Wildfire Disaster HelpAnimal Disaster Funding

Grant Summary: During certain emergencies and state of disasters, this website allows rescuers to apply for available grants by submitting one application to ADF that can be viewed by multiple grantors.

Grant Amounts: ADF does not offer grants but acts as a facilitator to help organizations obtain grants from sources working with ADF.

National Animal Welfare Trust LogoAnimal Welfare Trust

Grant Summary:  10-15 grants per year. Their website states “Animal Welfare Trust’s grant program seeks to assist organizations whose work can help alleviate animal suffering and/or raise public consciousness toward giving animals the respect they so need and deserve. Although general organizational funding will be considered, preference will be given to well-defined projects with clear goals and objectives. Capital projects will not be considered. Areas of priority include farm animal welfare, vegetarianism and humane education.”

Grant Amounts:  $2,500 to $20,000 range.

ACTHA LogoAmerican Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA)

Summary:  ACTHA enables others to host riding events through their “Ride Host Program”.  A Ride Host can be an individual, club or any organization wanting to raise funds. ACTHA provides assistance and aids, as well as a consulting member of ACTHA’s management team that joins with the Ride Host every step of the way.  Every ride held donates to a horse charity in need.

Amounts:  Information not available.

American Humane Association LogoAmerican Humane Association

Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant Summary:  Funds capital campaigns, building improvements, and equipment purchases that directly affect the welfare of animals in shelters. Grants may be up to $4,000. Applicants must be incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit agency. Currently Meacham Foundation Grants are provided through a Directed Grant process.

Grant Amounts:  Up to $4,000 per organization.

Second Chance® Fund Grant Summary -“The Second Chance Fund is set up to give animal victims of abuse or neglect a second chance at life. Financial assistance is provided, in select cases, to animal welfare organizations and rescue groups responsible for the temporary care of animals as they are prepared for adoption into permanent, loving homes. Funding to any one agency is limited to $2,000 per fiscal year. Only animal sheltering agencies (private or public) and rescue groups are considered for the Second Chance Fund. Individuals, businesses and corporations are not provided for in the guidelines of the fund. Follow the link to download an application and see cases that have already been funded.”  Deadline: None.  Grants are awarded year-round as funds are available.

Grant Amounts:  Up to $2,000 per organization per fiscal year.

AKC Humane Fund LogoAKC Humane Fund (American Kennel Club Fund)

Women’s Shelter Grants – If your organization offers temporary or permanent housing for victims of domestic violence and their pets, or, who offers temporary or permanent sanctuary for pets of victims of domestic violence, you may be eligible for this grant.  More Grant Information and Eligibility Requirements

AKC Rescue Grant – This grant is geared towards organizations that offer assistance to dogs, but I figured I would list it here in case your organization wrangles more than just horses (and most do!) AKC Rescue Grant Information

The Sandy Fund Grant – This fund supports organizations that are performing disaster relief services in their communities. Additionally, the fund serves those whose daily services to pets have been directly affected or interrupted by natural disasters, such as clubs, rescue shelters and animal hospitals.  More Information


Grant Summary:   There are multiple grants to apply for including for equine rescue funds.   The application deadline for 2016 is November 1 at 5 PM.

Grant Amounts:  Unsolicited grants are generally awarded in amounts from $500-$5,000 and seldom exceed 10% of an organization’s current annual operating budget. A site visit may be required before or as a condition of a grant.  However, connect with the ASPCA and grant amounts go up significantly from $4,000-$15,000 for anti-cruelty seizures, up to $5,000 for emergency and disaster support, training grants ($500-$5,000) and for safety net support programs ($500-$5,000).

Start hereASPCA Equine Fund Grants for an overview, but be sure to visit links below which offer additional funding information and opportunities.

ASPCA Fundraising Education Packet for Equine Groups – Grants are available for equine rescues and sanctuaries to improve fundraising capacity. Deadline: January 25, 2016 at 5 pm ET

ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grants -Guidelines and application instructions for programs on anti-cruelty, including cruelty investigations and large-scale seizures.

Emergency and Disaster Grants – “The ASPCA provides emergency funding to qualified animal welfare organizations and government agencies whose communities suffer the impact of natural and other disasters.  A disaster is defined as a threatening or occurring incident of such destructive magnitude and forces as to dislocate people and animals, separate family members, damage or destroy homes, and injure or kill people and animals. A disaster produces immediate suffering, and basic animal needs cannot be promptly or adequately addressed by the affected people. Natural disasters include floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, hail storms, wildfires, windstorms, epidemics, droughts and earthquakes. Human-caused disaster – whether intentional or unintentional – include oil spills, fires, infrastructure damage, transportation accidents, hazardous materials release, explosions, and domestic acts of terrorism.”

ASPCA Partnership Grants – No deadline (ongoing).  Grants may be solicited by an ASPCA partner liaison.  Currently, there are liaisons in Kentucky, Florida, California, New York, New Mexico, and North Carolina.

Animal Relocation Grants – No deadline, but offered by solicitation only.  “The ASPCA Animal Relocation grant program supports nonprofit organizations and public agencies dedicated to the safe, humane, and efficient relocation of animals to help increase lives saved. Relocation programs facilitate the transfer of animals from areas of oversupply to areas where there are few, if any, similar pets available for adoption.”

More Grant Information

Banfield Charitable Trust Foundation LogoBanfield Charitable Trust

Grant Summary: This foundation offers Veterinary Assistance Grants tgat provide financial support to nonprofit organizations to fund veterinary care programs for pet owners who meet established qualifications. Grants are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Pet Advocacy Grants support nonprofit organization programs that are designed to keep pets healthy and in loving homes.  Banfield suggests you contact them before applying to discuss your organization’s eligibility requirements.

Bernice Barbour Foundation LogoBernice Barbour Foundation

Grant Summary:  As of January 9, 2016 when this website was last checked they had not yet posted their 2016 grant guidelines.  Please visit their FAQ page to see most current information when posted.  Based upon review of their past recipients, humane organizations and protection leagues have been provided grants.

In 2014 (last year information was posted for) this private foundation provided over 200 grants.


BISSEL Pet Foundation LogoBISSELL Pet Foundation

Grant Summary:  “The BISSELL Pet Foundation is designed to address the growing problem of displaced, unwanted and homeless animals in the United States and to help every pet find a home. The Foundation recognizes the huge need of animal welfare organizations that struggle with limited resources but continue to work tirelessly on the front lines to save lives.”

Applications must be SUBMITTED and complete by 11:59pm EST the day of the posted deadline.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Round 1: Application Opens: January 8 – February 8, 2016
  • Round 1: Grant Review/Award Announcements – March 2016
  • Round 2: tentative Application Opens: July 1-July 31, 2016
  • Round 2: tentative Grant Review/Award Announcements – November 2016

Grant Amounts:  National grant awards are between $1,000 and $7,500.  BISSELL Blocktail grant awards to West Michigan area range from $1,000 up to $45,000 but no award (generally) can exceed 10% of an organization’s annual operating budget.

More Information

The Blinky Foundation LogoThe Binky Foundation

Grant Summary:  This foundation offers small grants through their “First Steps Grant Program” to animal rescue organizations.  The Blinky Foundation promotes protection of domestic and wild animals and has provided grants to equine rescues in the past.   This is a great grant that can be used to fund purposes that donors normally do not flock to fund such as for equipment purchase, educational initiatives, and certain types of program support.

Grant Amount:  Up to $2,500 per organization.

Brennan Equine Welfare Fund LogoThe Brennan Equine Welfare Fund

Grant Summary:  This organizations offers grants to 501(c)3 nonprofits that offer permanent sanctuary to horses or who rehabilitates and adopts out horses. Grants can be used for a wide variety of activities related to the rescue, care, and rehabilitation of horses. Preliminary grant application for Brennan Equine Welfare Fund is January 15, 2016. NO EMAILS – Applications must be received via mail by 01/15/2016.

Grant Amounts: Grants approved are generally from the few $100’s to $5,000


Brigette Bardot Foundation LogoBrigitte Bardot Foundation – International

Provides grants in France and abroad according to their website, however, unless you speak French you will need to use Google translate to view the website.  If you are interested in this grant, I suggest you have someone who is completely fluent in French review the website criteria as Google translate tends to misinterpret things.  The foundation has much information about equine rescue and advocacy.

Horse Buckit List LogoBuckit List

Summary:  Buckit List is a for-profit website created and run by LA Wolfe Web Marketing, a private marketing company based in Los Angeles, CA.  The site’s owner is dedicated to advocating for equine welfare and donates 100% of all profits from Buckit List (which come mostly from ad revenue) to 501(c)3 equine rescues throughout the United States. Grants, made in the form of donations are generally not large (ad revenue varies month-to-month), but come with no restrictions and can be used towards general funds, program operations, or any other purpose in which the recipient organization chooses as long as the donations fund the organization’s objectives (and are not used for private use.)

Each month, Buckit List selects a charity(ies) to donate profits to.  Apply early as Buckit List plans the year out in advance.  Buckit List also allows for free ads from nonprofits and LA Wolfe Web Marketing provides free market training and website development services.  They also provide free website hosting to nonprofit organizations.  To get help with your website, free hosting, or to ask to be considered as a donation recipient please use their contact form.   There is no deadline.

Doris Day Animal FoundationDoris Day Animal Foundation

Grant Summary:  Submit a letter of interest and if you are a possible match they will invite you to apply for a grant.   Applications are considered quarterly, with submissions accepted during January, April, July, and October. As of January 9, 2016, their website states their priorities:  “funding the groups that meet our guidelines and that we believe have the greatest or most urgent need.”

Grant Amounts:  Website states that “very few of our grants exceed $5,000.”

Equamore Foundation LogoEquamore Foundation

Equamore Foundation rescues horses but also helps outsiders struggling to feed their own horses.   You can buy hay to help horses ($20 donations feeds a horse for a month) or apply for assistance (see link below.)  Equamore is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Assistance Summary:  “The Oregon Hay Bank was established to provide horse rescue organizations, sanctuaries, law enforcement agencies, and horse owners facing financial hardship with temporary hay and feed assistance; and further, to assist such entities and individuals in planning for the future. The program is designed to keep horses at home with the people who love them. Responsible horse owners can request grants of hay, feed, and services to get them and their horses through a temporary financial crisis.”

EQUUS Foundation LogoEQUUS Foundation

Grant Summary: Grants awarded nationally to United States 501(c)3 equine charities for various purposes including: program operations, specific projects, and capital expenses (total cost must be $5,000 or less).

Grant Amounts:  $500 to $5,000 but total grant may not exceed more than 5% of the organization’s annual operating budget.

Gus Hawthorne Foundation LogoHawthorne Foundation

Grant submissions are closed and asks site visitors (on January 9, 2016 when I last visited this page) to check back in September 2016.  Because this website does not offer a lot of current information, here is their mission statement (yours should have something in common with theirs):

” To provide financial support to non-profit organizations that rescue and care for domestic animals and wildlife. … We are passionate about animals and their well being. We value a world where animals are treated respectfully and thrive in harmony with humans. We have come together to apply our talents and resources to support non-profit organizations that rescue, rehabilitate, house and adopt-out domestic animals or release wildlife.

Hawthorne Foundation Website

Hugs and Kisses Animal Fund LogoHugs & Kisses Animal Fund

Summary:  Established in memory of the founder’s beloved, wife, The Hugs & Kisses Animal Fund is a privately funded California 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the financial support of humane organizations. Their mission is to be the outsourced fundraising arm for small animal rescue organizations for which a staff fundraising person is unfeasible, and for which other financial resources are unavailable.  Organizations must be 501(c)3, all-volunteer and have been in operation for at least two years.

Grant Amount:  Up to $1,000.

NERN LogoNational Equine Resource Network (NERN)

Grant Summary:  NERN offers five categories for grants: Gelding, euthanasia, hay, emergency medical care, and a disaster fund grant.  Grants are available to 501(c)3 nonprofits and will be required to show proof of how the grant is spent.

Grant Amount:  Not stated on their website.

Petco Foundation LogoPetCo Foundation

Multiple grant opportunities are offered through this foundation and are subject to change.  Each grant has their own set of qualifications and deadlines and cycle at different times throughout the year.  Although some of their grant information specifically mentions cats / dogs, many do not so it is worth the time to wade through the site or contact them grantors and ask about equine program funding as well.

Petfinder LogoPetFinder Foundation

Grant Summary:  Offers several types of grants and grants are subject to change.  You can sign up for email notifications to stay up-to-date on funding availability.

Grant Amounts:  Varies, depending upon grant.  Up to $1,000 for most grants which appear to be geared towards dogs, however, disaster and emergency response grants range from $500 to $10,000 based upon need.

TCA Logo, Thoroughbred Charities of AmericaThoroughbred Charities of American (TCA)

Grant Summary:  The organization fundraises to support 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that advocate and assist Thoroughbreds and the people who work with them.  Applications will be available January 15 and  are due to TCA by March 15. Applications must be completed in their entirety; incomplete applications will be disqualified.

Grant Amount: Over the past 25 years, TCA has distributed over $21 million to more than 200 Thoroughbred industry organizations.

Unwanted Horse Coalition LogoUnwanted Horse Coalition (UHC)

Grant Summary:  Offers assistance with various programs including Operation Gelding.  The UHC provides information and forms necessary to conduct a clinic, along with seed money to defray the costs. UHC also offers assistance with vaccinations and promotes equine welfare education.

Grant Amount:  Funds of $50 per horse gelded with a $1,000 maximum will be awarded to participating groups once in a 12-month period.