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The Rachael Ray Save Them All and No-Kill Excellence Grants

Grants to USA Organizations, Animal Shelters, and Rescue Groups
to Support Positive Outcomes for Animals and Prevent Shelter Deaths

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Best Friends Animal Society - The Rachael Ray Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/23/20 5:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $50,000 and grants of up to $60,000 to USA animal welfare organizations, shelters, and rescue groups to save the lives of animals. Applicants must complete required registrations several weeks prior to the application deadline. Funding is intended to reduce the number of cats and dogs killed in American shelters. In addition, the Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grant helps sustain organizations in no-kill communities.

Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants

All projects must demonstrate, with statistics, a direct impact on saving animals’ lives. Projects can be focused on just one event/program or can include multiple events/programs.  

Proposed projects should align with regional priorities as identified by the 2019 National Dataset from the Pet Lifesaving Dashboard ( Projects that satisfy these priorities will have the largest impact on lifesaving in each region.  

For a full list of regional priorities, see the URL for Full Text below. 

The Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grants

The Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grants fund projects that help no-kill organizations maintain their lifesaving while also assisting other organizations in their community reach the 90% threshold. These grants celebrate groups that are leading the movement through innovative partnerships, mentorships, and progressive collaborations within their community.  

Funded projects are anticipated to be related, but not exclusive, to: 

  • Helping hard-to-place animals 
  • Meeting critical staffing and medical needs 
  • Impacting regional growth 
  • Community mentorship programs  
  • Innovative animal shelter operations 

No-Kill Excellence Grants will fund scalable programs that support positive outcomes for animals in other network partner cities and emerging no-kill communities.

For more information about Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grants, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136334

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants: Organizations can apply for a grant of up to $50,000, with the amount requested not exceeding 10% of their operating budget.
- Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grants: Organizations can apply for a grant of up to $60,000.

Term of Contract:

Awarded grant funds must be spent within a one-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Rachael Ray Save Them All or No-Kill Excellence Grant, organizations must be a part of the Best Friends Network. Click here to see if your organization is already a network partner

Project proposals are welcome from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving in a community.

To be eligible for a Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grant, organizations must be a part of the Best Friends Network AND must have also reached a 90% Save Rate.

- Members of the NKUT Coalition are not eligible for grants.
- Members of the NKLA Coalition are not eligible for grants relating to LA Animal Services work.
- Programs must be implemented within the United States.
- If you currently have a grant in progress that is expected to be open as of January 2021, you are not eligible to apply for another grant in this cycle.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit an application for a Rachael Ray Save Them All or No-Kill Excellence grant is Friday, October 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM Mountain time.

If your organization is not yet a Network partner, you must apply to become one by Friday, October 9, 2020 at 5pm MST. See

Save Them All Grants: Before you begin an application, please review the priorities for your region to ensure that your project aligns. Contact your regional specialist with any questions you have about priorities and/or how your project meets the requirements for these animal welfare grants.

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


If you have questions that are not answered on the website about the grants or requirements, contact Please note that during an open grant cycle, response time to emails and voicemails is significantly delayed.

Regional specialists:

For network partners in Utah interested in applying for a grant, please contact Tracy Kelley at

For network partners in NKLA interested in applying for NKLA focused grant, please contact Vania Campos at

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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