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Grants to USA Animal Welfare Nonprofits and Agencies in Multiple States for Animal Rescue Planning Activities

ASPCA Midwestern Disaster Resiliency Grants


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Geographic Focus
USA: ArkansasIowaKansasMinnesotaMissouriMontanaNebraskaNorth DakotaOklahomaSouth Dakota

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/07/17 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants ranging from $500 to $25,000 to USA nonprofit animal welfare organizations and government agencies in multiple States for animal rescue planning and preparedness activities for both natural and human-caused disasters. Funding will be provided to organizations that offer disaster relief services for both human and animal populations in their communities.

Eligible States include Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

For the purposes of these grants, a disaster is defined as a threatening or occurring incident of such destructive magnitude and forces as to dislocate people and animals, separate family members, damage or destroy homes, and/or injure or kill people and animals. A disaster produces immediate suffering, and prevents basic animal needs from being promptly or adequately addressed by the affected people.

This grant program covers planning and preparedness activities for both natural and human-caused disasters. Natural disasters include floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, hail storms, wildfires, windstorms, epidemics, droughts and earthquakes. Human-caused disaster, whether intentional or not, include oil spills, fires, infrastructure damage, transportation accidents, hazardous materials release, explosions, and acts of terrorism.

Eligible requests from the ASPCA disaster resiliency funding include grant assistance for the following purposes:

-Emergency animal shelter supplies and equipment
-Rescue supplies and equipment
-Start-up costs to establish a SART or CART
-Development and application of policies, strategies and practices to avoid or limit (mitigate) the impact that an emergency or disaster will have on a community or population of animals
-Exercises to test disaster plans
-Training for staff and/or volunteers
-Temporary staffing for disaster planning and program management
-Reasonable travel expenses for collaborating partners to engage in planning for a regional or state level plan or exercise.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants for the ASPCA disaster resiliency funding must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

-Nonprofit organization or government agency, such as municipal or county animal control, with an animal welfare mission or direct relationship with an animal welfare entity, and a federal tax ID (EIN/Employer Identification Number).

-Organization must be a bona fide disaster responder and must be or have approval from, an Agency Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Examples might include, but are not limited to state and county animal response teams (SARTs and CARTs), local animal control authorities, state boards of livestock, state boards of animal health, and similar. Proof of such recognition from an AHJ should be submitted with your complete application.

-Must be located in one of the following ten states: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, or South Dakota.

The ASPCA generally will not support:

- Organizations whose mission is unrelated to animal welfare
- Multi-year grant pledges
- Individuals, private foundations, endowments, churches or religious programs, fraternal, social or labor organizations
- Organizations with unusually high administrative expenses or other indicators of financial mismanagement
- Organizations which demonstrate or have previously demonstrated practices that are irreconcilable with ASPCA grant standards
- Political parties, candidates, or political activities
- Capital campaigns or large construction projects
- Organizations that discriminate because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or any areas covered by any applicable federal, state, or local laws
- Organizations based outside the United States, or projects that solely benefit animals outside the United States
- Projects for wildlife or marine life
- Individual animals
- Organizations that have lost their IRS tax-exempt status (Visit to ensure your organization is in good standing with the IRS.)

The ASPCA does not pay for overhead expenses.

Pre-Application Information
Application Submission Timeframe: Wednesday, July 12 (10 a.m. ET) - Monday, August 7, 2017 (5 p.m. ET)

Usual ASPCA guidelines and reporting apply. Click here for general guidelines, plus the funding restrictions list:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants may range from $500 to $5,000 on average, with certain equipment packages considered up to $25,000.

Contact Information
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