Grants ranging from $1,000 to $45,000 to West Michigan nonprofits and public agencies committed to reducing the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay and neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. The Foundation recognizes the life-saving efforts of animal shelters and rescues of all sizes and aims to offer financial support for programs that meet its mission.
The grant review committee looks at several factors when determining funds awarded; generally, awards do not exceed 10% of an organization’s operating budget.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations must meet the following criteria:
-Be incorporated as a nonprofit agency, recognized by the IRS as tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), and qualified to do business in the state or territory in which they are located, or be a public (local government) entity.
-Be in operation for at least 1 year prior to applying for funding.
-Be a member in good standing of the BISSELL Partners for Pets (P4P) program. P4P member organizations are required to display the BISSELL Partners for Pets logo and LostPetUSA logo on their website as part of the Partners for Pets Terms and Conditions.
-Past applicants: Organizations are eligible to re-apply for funding one year after the grant’s effective date. Past grant recipients must submit a grant report prior to applying for future funding.
-General Operating Expenses or Overhead (including payment of salaries or funding routine maintenance)
-Professional Development for Staff
-Advertising (including graphic design, printing and website development)
-Fuel for Mobile Clinics or Animal Transfer Programs
-Reducing Deficits or Operational Deficiencies
-Fundraising or Special Events
-Start-Up Organizations (organizations in operation for less than 1 year)
-Grants to Specific Individuals or Individual Animals
-Wildlife or Marine Life Rehabilitation or Rescue
-Capital Campaigns and/or Large Building Projects