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to Promote the Humane Treatment of Animals

Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust Grants

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Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust

Deadline Date:

01/15/22 Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, museums, wildlife centers, zoos, and educational institutions in eligible states for programs that promote animal welfare. Grant applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full proposal. Eligible organizations are located in Ohio and portions of the other seven states in the Great Lakes watershed, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Western Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, and Northeastern Minnesota.

The Trust invites proposals for projects to advance the quality of life for owned, homeless, or wild animals or to address root causes of animal cruelty and neglect. The highest priority is helping organizations go beyond the “basics” with projects that will provide an enhanced quality of life for homeless and suffering animals today and in the future.  The following activities are illustrative of the types of supported projects:

  • Animal Adoption, Behavior Training, and Fostering projects to increase the number and percentage of successful adoptions from shelters or rescue groups, or other non-capital means of expanding shelter capacity.
  • Continuing Education & Training for agency staff or volunteers, to improve the delivery of care (generally in a multi-agency conference or training format), and initiatives to improve and diversify recruitment and retention of volunteers and staff.
  • Humane & Wildlife Education in schools and other community settings, particularly with under-resourced or culturally isolated youth, or adult educational campaigns, such as re: keeping cats safely indoors, getting pets ID’ed and vaccinated, or co-existing with urban-suburban native wildlife.
  • Medical, Rehabilitation, and Wellness Care for Animals, as in initiating the practice of shelter medicine or wildlife medicine at animal shelters or nature centers, improving access to affordable veterinary care for owned companion animals in under-resourced urban/rural areas, or giving special attention to pets of socially vulnerable populations -- lower-income households, domestic violence victims, senior citizens -- or to retirees from racing or other careers.
  • Pet & Feral Animal Population Control through Spay/Neuter programs targeting assistance based on need, generally for owned pets of lower or fixed-income households, for incentive programs encouraging adoptions from public shelters, to help shelters implement a spay/neuter-before-adoption policy, or humanely control numbers of free-roaming community cats or dogs.
  • Equipment directly benefiting homeless or injured animals (matching funds may be required for amounts over $10,000).
  • Information Technology upgrades ($5,000 maximum, limit of one request in 5 years).
  • Other Animal Care Initiatives, such as disaster and emergency planning, preparedness, and response training; special enforcement expenses associated with patterns of animal cruelty in hoarding cases, puppy mill seizures, and dogfighting; projects that celebrate the human-animal bond with companion animals; or wildlife protection focused on native species typical of the Ohio and Great Lakes region, especially involving challenges at the interface between human civilization and the lives of wild creatures. 

Other measures to strengthen organizational effectiveness in providing quality animal care, and other efforts to increase respect for the welfare of animals in society may be considered.

In general, preferred projects help a broad array of companion animals, wildlife, or other types of animals in need. Breed rescues or other narrowly focused groups are less likely to receive funding. Established organizations with proven track records of effectiveness and demonstrating broad community support, rather than start-up organizations are more likely to receive support. The Trust will give preference to projects of scale vs. small projects from the same metro area or county. Agencies that send competing proposals for similar services in a given area may be asked to resubmit a joint request. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146158

Estimated Size of Grant:

Between $10,000 and $50,000; Larger amounts may be considered, particularly for projects of scale or multi-agency collaborative proposals.

Term of Contract:

One year grants; Multi-year grants may be considered, particularly for projects of scale or multi-agency collaborative proposals.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Humane societies, animal welfare or animal protection groups, nonprofit spay/neuter clinics, wildlife rehabilitation, and nature centers, sanctuaries, museums, zoos and aquariums, educational institutions, or other state or community organizations dedicated to the well-being of animals in the region.

Organizations in Ohio and portions of the other seven states in the Great Lakes watershed (including IL, IN, MI, WI, Western PA, Upstate NY, and Northeastern MN), reflecting the origin of Mr. Scott’s assets. The Trust will not consider unsolicited requests from organizations based in other parts of the country, or fund activities taking place outside the USA.

Eligible Organizations must:
- Be incorporated and nonprofit, with Federal IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
- Provide evidence of proper financial stewardship and an absence of conflicts of interest involving board members or staff.
- Have 100% governing board member participation in annual monetary giving. We also take note of aggregate and average board member gifts in relation to overall group resources. Organizations that do not have 100% board participation in annual monetary giving should not apply.
- Show that project expenses are clearly justifiable as benefitting animals in need.
- Only request amounts that are reasonable in proportion to an organization’s overall annual budget.
- Pursue a high quality of life for individual animals and improve the situation of significant numbers of animals.
- Deliver outstanding humane care, in facilities that meet or exceed accepted health and safety standards
- Have written policies on adoption procedures, on spaying/neutering companion animals leaving the agency, and on conditions for display or release of wildlife, and keep accurate records on intake and disposition of all animals.
- Have existing resources for “basic” animal sheltering, rescue, and care activities from sustainable sources within their own communities. Shelters and rescue groups will already have the means to spay/neuter animals they take under care, using funds raised from other sources (e.g. adoption fees).

Previous recipients may apply, although the Foundation will not fund any project in perpetuity.

Ineligible Organizations and Activities and Other Restrictions:
- Capital Campaigns and facility improvements: Due to limited funding availability, the Trust is not accepting proposals for capital campaigns or other facilities improvements.
- Basic care of animals: “The basics” cover (among other things) companion animals’ daily physical needs, usual medical care, shelter upkeep and utilities, and staffing costs to carry out these activities.
- The Trust will not fund individuals or government agencies, or for general operating support, for films or other media, for activities related to litigation, legislation, political candidates or ballot issues, for deficit reduction, or for endowments.
- The Trust will no longer consider unsolicited proposals for activities of National scope or significance or from organizations located in communities and states outside the Great Lakes region. Preselected National organizations whose activities provide direct benefits to humane groups and animals in Ohio or the Great Lakes region may continue to receive funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for receipt of full proposals to be considered in 2022 are as follows:
- January 15, 2022 for Ohio Great Lakes proposals
- Additional Deadlines TBD

Prior to beginning the application process, please submit a one-page letter of inquiry (LOI) by email to the Executive Director, Karen Kannenberg. LOI’s should be submitted well in advance of the next upcoming deadline to be considered. Ms. Kannenberg or another representative of the Trust will reach out within 7-10 days to discuss your LOI before you are approved to apply.

The Trust now has three deadlines each year for proposals. Applicants may apply at any of these dates. Please request funding for only one project in your proposal. Normally only one proposal will be considered from a given organization each year.

A representative of the Trust will contact you by phone to discuss your proposal. Circumstances warranting, a site visit may be arranged. Other parties may also be consulted concerning your project.

Contact Information:

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

Submit LOI and application to the Executive Director, Karen Kannenberg at

Grant Coverage Areas:

Ohio and portions of the other seven states in the Great Lakes watershed, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Western Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, and Northeastern Minnesota.

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USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   New York;   Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   Wisconsin

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