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

Grants to USA Animal Welfare Organizations, Shelters, and Rescue
Groups to Save the Lives of Animals and Prevent Shelter Deaths

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Best Friends Animal Society - The Rachael Ray Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/03/21 5:00 PM Mountain Time


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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 obtain membership in the funding source's network prior to applying. Funding is intended to reduce the number of cats and dogs killed in American shelters. In addition, funds may support innovative animal shelter operations and placement for hard-to-place pets.

The Rachael Ray Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society are committed to helping Best Friends Network Partners increase lifesaving in their communities through impactful, innovative, and inclusive programming. Every year, there are two types of Rachael Ray grants for which partners can apply. For a full list of priorities by region, see the link listed for each region in Additional Eligibility below. 

Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants:

Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants fund projects to reduce the lifesaving gap* of cats and dogs in U.S. shelters. Project proposals are welcomed from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving in a community.  All projects must demonstrate, with statistics, a direct impact on saving animals’ lives.  

*The Lifesaving gap (or no-kill gap/gap to 90%) is the number of cats and dogs who would have had to be saved last year in order to achieve the 90% save rate threshold. For save rate definitions and formulas for calculations, see

  • Projects can be focused on just one event/program or can include multiple events/programs.   
  • Proposed projects should align with regional priorities. Projects that satisfy these priorities will have the largest impact on lifesaving in each region.   
  • If the applicant that is applying is an organization that is already no-kill, their project needs to be impacting a shelter that has a lifesaving gap and has not achieved a 90% save rate.

For examples of previous funded Save Them All grants that reduced lifesaving gaps, 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 and/or assist 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.  

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

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

  • Impacting shelters to decrease lifesaving gaps 
  • Community mentorship programs supporting other shelters   
  • Innovative animal shelter operations  
  • Helping hard-to-place pets 
  • Meeting critical staffing and medical needs 

For examples of previous funded projects for No Kill Excellence grants, see the URL for Full Text below. 

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. (The average grant awarded last year was just under $13,000.)
- Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grants: Organizations can apply for a grant of up to $60,000. (The average grant awarded last year for projects was just under $40,000.)

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Project proposals are welcomed from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving.

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:

Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grants: Applicants are Best Friends’ Network partners that have already reached a 90% Save Rate:
- Applications will need to include 2020 data demonstrating that the applicant organization reached and sustained a 90% save rate for at least one year or is a support organization that is not defined as a shelter under the funding source's organization type definitions. (For organization type definitions, see
- If the applicant is an organization without a lifesaving gap and their intention is to support another organization, their project needs to be impacting a shelter that has a gap.
- If awarded, the applying organization will be required to submit quarterly impact statistics of how many lives were impacted through the project.

Programs must be implemented within the United States.

Regional Priorities:
Southeast- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina:

South Central- Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas:

Great Plains- Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota:

Mountain West- Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming:

Northeast- Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont:

Pacific- Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington:

Midwest- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin:

Mid-Atlantic- District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia:

Not eligible: Members of the NKLA Coalition are not eligible for grants relating to LA Animal Services work.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted beginning on Monday, August 2, 2021. The deadline to submit an application for a Rachael Ray Save Them All or No-Kill Excellence grant is Friday, September 3, 2021 at 5:00pm Mountain time.

All Rachael Ray Grants applicants must be a Network Partner to apply. If your organization is not yet a Network partner, you must apply to become one by Friday August 23rd, 2021 at 5pm MST. To join the Best Friends Network, 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 strategist with any questions you have about priorities and/or how your project meets the requirements for these animal welfare grants.

Organizations can apply for both types of grants with different project proposals if they qualify.

Application tutorial:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For questions, contact

For contact information per region, see the region-specific page in Additional Eligibility above.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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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