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Animal Assistance Foundation (AAF) Grants and Capital Grants

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies for
Programs that Improve Conditions for Animals

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Foundation / Corporation

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Animal Assistance Foundation (AAF)

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Deadline Date:

09/15/18 5:00 PM MDT


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Grants to Colorado nonprofits and government entities for programs that improve conditions for companion animals through focused efforts in the areas of shelter, health, and mental welfare. August 1, 2018, is the LOI due date. Applicants seeking capital grants must submit a project description for preliminary consideration.

There are two types of funding categories available:
-AACF Grants
-Capital Grants

AACF Grants:

The Animal Assistance Foundation opens an annual grant cycle for organizations seeking support for projects or programs that enhance the FIVE FREEDOMS for companion animals in Colorado.

The welfare of an animal includes its physical and mental state and the Foundation considers that good animal welfare implies both fitness and a sense of well-being. Any animal kept by man, must at least, be protected from unnecessary suffering.

The belief is that an animal's welfare, whether on farm, in transit, at market or at a place of slaughter should be considered in terms of 'five freedoms'. These freedoms define ideal states rather than standards for acceptable welfare. They form a logical and comprehensive framework for analysis of welfare within any system together with the steps and compromises necessary to safeguard and improve welfare within the proper constraints of an effective livestock industry.

Grant projects or programs must enhance the following five freedoms:

1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
2. Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
3. Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal's own kind.
5. Freedom from Fear and Distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Funding is available for:
- Shelter Operations
- Community Outreach
- Cruelty Prevention
- Education
- Innovation
- Overpopulation Solutions
- Capital

Capital Grants:

Capital grants are awarded through a highly competitive and intensive vetting process. Organizations seeking funds for capital improvements must serve a wide cross-section of the community, have a thorough understanding of their role in the local community and be aligned with and committed to the mission, vision and values of Animal Assistance Foundation.

The intent of capital funding is to support projects focused on improving the quality of life for shelter animals, providing expanded services to the local community and improving the ability of an organization to impact and benefit animals and humans in the community.

Goals of Capital Grants:

- Strengthen and support organizations that highly impact animal welfare and benefit both animals and humans in their community.
- Invest in long-term animal welfare solutions for Colorado communities in deep and lasting ways.
- Partner with organizations who are strongly committed to the five freedoms.
- Increase sustainability of the organizations in the industry and local communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160040

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Guidelines for AACF Grants:

- Designated 501 (c)(3) non-profit, fiscal sponsor or government entity
- Provide services in the state of Colorado
- Proposal aligns with the mission of AAF
- Demonstrate a commitment to collaboration, community responsibility, and non-divisive language
- Recent PACFA license and statistics for organizations requiring a license through the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act

Eligibility Guidelines for Capital Grants:

- The organization has an existing track record and is in good standing with Animal Assistance Foundation, including funding within the last three years.
- The organization has completed appropriate project feasibility studies and has obtained initial engineering and planning documents.
- The organization has raised at least fifty percent of the total capital project cost prior to requesting support from Animal Assistance Foundation.
- The organization owns or has a long-term lease agreement on the property where capital improvements are taking place.

Pre-Application Information:

How to apply for AACF Grants:

Step 1: Register your organization
Step 2: Submit the LOI form by the deadline
Step 3: Approved LOI’s will be invited to complete a full application
Step 4: Invited applicants submit full application by the deadline

2018-2019 Grant Cycle Timeline:

- June 1, 2018: Grant Cycle Open
- August 1, 5 PM MDT: LOI Deadline
- September 15, 5 PM MDT: Application Deadline

Capital Grant Application Process:

Due to the high volume of inquiries received for a limited number of funding opportunities, few organizations will be invited to submit full proposals and of those applicants only a small percentage will be awarded funds. Applications that demonstrate a profound ability to highly impact animals and humans in their local community are most likely to receive a capital investment from Animal Assistance Foundation.

Eligible organizations must submit a Word document with a brief description (200 words max) of the project to be considered, including the total cost and remaining need. AAF staff will review the statement for overall fit and alignment with AAF priorities on a rolling basis.

How to apply for Capital Grants:

Step 1: Project Statement
Eligible organizations must submit a written project description for preliminary consideration.

Step 2: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
Approved project statements will be invited to submit an LOI.

Step 3: Request for Proposal
Approved LOI's will be invited to advance to the proposal and site visit stage.

Step 4: Award Notification
Applicants notified of funding decisions.

Capital grants:

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Please email capital grant project descriptions to .

Rachel Gonzales, Program Director
303-744-8396 x 302

Animal Assistance Foundation
405 Urban Street, Suite 340
Lakewood, CO 80228

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado