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Grants to USA Nonprofits for Animal
Welfare Projects and Research

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William and Charlotte Parks Foundation

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for projects, research, and other activities that promote animal welfare. Consideration is given to animal protection organizations, as well as scholars conducting research that is consistent with the funding source’s goals. Organizations may request support for specific projects or general operating costs. Doctoral or post-doctoral candidates affiliated with a qualifying organization may receive funds to support a specific research project.

Mission Statement:

The Foundation was established to improve the status of animals worldwide through studies of the science and philosophy of animal welfare/rights and to reduce, through practical efforts and initiatives, the suffering and harm inflicted on animals by human beings.
Grants may be made to organizational or institutional projects, grassroots activities, or academic studies that promise to advance animal welfare.

The Parks Foundation ONLY considers applications for Project Grants.

The Parks Foundation makes awards to support projects, research, and other activities calculated to advance the welfare of animals. Proposals will be judged by a number of criteria, including originality, potential impact on animal welfare, the number of animals affected, the project’s time frame, and feasibility, the track record of the applicant, the need for the program or data, the public accountability of the organization, and the likelihood of achieving other sources of funding.

Successful applications include:
a) Evidence that the organization or applicant is making a concerted effort to assess the effectiveness of programs;
b) Evidence that the organization has been striving in substantial ways to reduce animal pain, stress, and suffering, and to improve animal welfare.

In recent years successful applicants have received project grants to support adoption programs; enrichment initiatives; animal rescue training; research and data websites; equipment purchase or small-scale repairs or renovations tied to specific program initiatives; canine behavior training; public awareness campaigns; humane education; campaign plans; law enforcement training; small-scale facility additions; cage purchases; conference and festivals; curriculum development; staff training and education; anti-cruelty hotlines; animal welfare certification initiatives; psychology and social psychology research concerning cruelty and kindness; habitat enhancement; and disaster response and recovery activities.

Other areas of potential interest to the Parks Foundation grants committee including the development of alternatives in education; the development of best practices in companion animal care and services; application of the “Three R’s” approach (refinement, replacement, and reduction of animal use to reduce animal pain or suffering) in laboratory, agricultural, and other sectors; methods and strategies of population control; predator protection; the prevention of animal cruelty through social or other interventions; promoting knowledge and awareness of the science, philosophy, and ethics of animal welfare and animal rights; research and survey work concerning public attitudes and behaviors; and animal welfare publishing.

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GrantWatch ID#: 170513

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations applying for a grant MUST be recognized as a 501c(3) entity.

Please note that while doctoral and post-doctoral candidates may receive funds to support specific research, but these funds must be distributed through an organization or institution with 501(c)3 status.

Grants may be made to organizational or institutional projects, grassroots activities, or academic studies that promise to advance animal welfare.

Grants will not be awarded to improve animal health, to provide for spay/neuter assistance, to save endangered species, to rehabilitate wildlife, to conserve/protect wild animal populations or to support political candidates. Municipalities and municipal agencies are NOT eligible. Animal sanctuaries will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Foundation does NOT make capital grants (grants associated with major construction, remodeling, or expansion projects at shelters and other facilities), or general operating grants (i.e., grants to cover fixed or basic costs of administration; or rent or mortgage payments).

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018 Grant Application Process is now open. Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2018.

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

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Williman & Charlotte Parks Foundation
700 Professional Drive
Gaithersburg, MD USA 20879

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