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Grants to USA Animal Shelters, Nonprofit Veterinary Clinics, and Tribes in Multiple States for Animal Welfare Activities

ASPCA Northern Tier Shelter Initiative (NTSI) Grants


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Geographic Focus
USA: AlaskaIdahoMinnesotaMontanaNorth DakotaWashingtonWisconsin

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/30/23 5:00 PM ET (or until all funds have been allotted) Save

Grant Description
Grants to Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin animal shelters, nonprofit veterinary clinics, and tribes to enhance the quality of life for dogs and cats. Funding is intended to support activities that improve shelter operations, keep pets and people together, increase access to veterinary care for Indigenous communities, and increase access to spay/neuter. Funds may be used for purposes that include, but are not limited to, animal housing, sanitation, and veterinary and shelter equipment.

Examples of grant funding include but are not limited to:

  • Veterinary equipment
  • Salary support for new positions
  • Animal housing
  • Sanitation
  • Shelter equipment
  • Technology/software
  • Subsidized veterinary services*
  • Continuing education scholarships

*Subsidized veterinary services grants are only available for Northern Tier indigenous communities.

Consultation recommendations may be supported with NTSI grant funding.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Northern Tier Shelter Initiative (NTSI) is an ASPCA program that provides grants, free consultations and training to brick-and-mortar shelters, non-profit veterinary clinics, and Indigenous communities in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Shelter Eligibility:
- Shelters will make every effort to adhere to the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
- Shelters will follow or be willing to implement a vaccinate on intake policy in adherence to the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
- Shelters will report monthly data to the ASPCA Northern Tier Shelter Initiative coalition in Shelter Animal Count
- An onsite visit to your facility by a NTSI team member may be required

Grant applicants must meet ASPCA Grantee Organizational Standards:
- If a past ASPCA grant recipient, must be current on all reporting requirements
- If a nonprofit organization:
Must be an incorporated or organized legal entity in good standing with the Secretary of State in the state where the organization is incorporated or organized
- Must have a board of at least 4 members with a majority of independent members with neither board chair nor treasurer receiving compensation from the organization
- Charitable registration must be current/active in the state of the Grantee’s primary location (for grants >=$25,000)

Pre-Application Information
Inquiries for 2023 grant funding will be accepted on a rolling basis, until Saturday, September 30th, at 5 p.m. ET or until all available funding is allotted, whichever comes first.

Inquiries received after September 30th will be considered for 2024 funding.

Grant seekers may be invited to complete a formal application as a next step.

Inquiries for consultations will be accepted ongoing.

A status update for all inquiries will be provided within 30 days of submission.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will generally range from $5,000 - $100,000.

Contact Information
Interested applicants should complete the online Support Inquiry at

For program-related inquiries, please contact:

For grant application submission inquiries/technical difficulties, please contact

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