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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Provide Humane Services for Dogs

Grey Muzzle Grant


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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/15/23 11:59 PM PT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $11,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, rescue groups, shelters, and sanctuaries to provide humane services for dogs. Funding is intended to support programs that help senior dogs who are at risk. Funds may be used to develop new programs or to expand or continue existing programs, such as those that promote foster care, adoption, hospice, and prevention and early intervention in diseases.

The Grey Muzzle Organization makes grants throughout the US expressly for programs designed to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs. The specific program for which you are applying must:

  • Benefit senior dogs exclusively
  • Have well-defined goals
  • Include measurable outcomes

Examples of the Types of Programs Grey Muzzle Funds:

(Please note that innovative programs not specifically listed may also be considered.)

  1. Create or help expand foster programs specifically focused on finding homes for senior dogs.
  2. A program to prevent owners from surrendering senior dogs to shelters as a result of economic circumstances.
  3. Medical care and other programs that increase the potential for senior dogs to be adopted.
  4. Medical expenses for in-home, short-term hospice care for senior dogs who are unable to be medically rehabilitated but who can live their final days in a place of love, security and peace.
  5. Long-term, in-home care programs for senior dogs who are not adoptable.
  6. A program to help people find new homes for senior dogs when they can no longer keep them. In particular, working with senior citizens who must relinquish their senior dogs due to a change in circumstances, such as moving to assisted living.
  7. Helping senior dogs give back to society; for example, training senior dogs as therapy dogs or involving the dogs in activities sponsored  by assisted care facilities.
  8. Building a Seniors-for-Seniors adoption program.

Allowable costs include:

  • Medical/dental care
  • Preventive care (e.g., blood panel, bp screening, urinalysis)
  • Staff time
  • Advertising and other promotion-related costs
  • Food
  • Emergency assistance
  • Behavioral assistance


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grey Muzzle funds shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries, and other non-profit organizations across the United States.

Applicant organization must be:
- A 501(c)(3) as defined by the IRS
- Willing to host an on-site visit by a Grey Muzzle board member

Pre-Proposal Conference
On Wednesday, February 15 at 1 pm ET, a webinar will take place to answer all of your grant-related questions.


Pre-Application Information
The 2023 grant cycle opens on Monday, February 13 and all applications must be received by Wednesday, March 15 at 11:59 pm PT.

Grants will be awarded in June, preceded by several months of application review.

Based on available funds, Grey Muzzle considers both renewals for funded organizations and grants for new organizations.


Application Process:

If you missed the webinar covering the grant process, application, and how to use the SM Apply system, you can watch it here:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants typically range from $2,500 to $11,000.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, please contact

The Grey Muzzle Organization
14460 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 149-269
Raleigh, NC 27614
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