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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies
to Improve Conditions for Animals

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Animal Assistance Foundation (AAF)

Deadline Date:

09/25/20 5:00 PM MDT - Capital Grants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations and government entities to promote the health and welfare of animals. Applicants seeking capital grants must submit a project description before submitting a full application. Two types of funding are available: grants for project and program support as well as general operating support; and grants for capital improvements.

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 Five Freedoms are:

  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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160040

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Guidelines:
- 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
- All organizations must be enrolled and reporting data to Shelter Animals Count or the Equine Welfare Data Collective, if applicable

Eligibility Guidelines for Capital Grants: In addition to the above:
- 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:

- September 1: Cycle opens, and applications accepted through the online portal
- September 25; 5pm MDT: Application deadline
- Notification of status within eight weeks

All applications must be received by the deadline for funding considerations, no exceptions.

If you have not received a recent grant award or are new to AAF, please contact staff first before submitting a request for general operating support.

Capital Grants:
How to apply for capital grants:
Step 1: Eligible organizations submit a written project description for preliminary consideration.
Step 2: Approved project statements will be invited to submit a full proposal
Step 3: The most promising proposals will advance to the site visit state
Step 4: Applicants are notified of funding decisions

Eligible organizations must submit a Word document via email 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.

For information about capital grants:

Five Freedoms:

Contact Information:

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

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Please email capital grant project descriptions to

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado

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