ASPCA Equine Fund Grants

The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to U.S. nonprofit equine welfare organizations and other animal welfare organizations that care for horses, mules, donkeys and ponies – both wild and domestic – in alignment with our efforts to protect all equines. The ASPCA Equine Fund grants program seeks to award equine organizations which strive to achieve best practices, including maintenance of updated websites and robust fundraising practices, as well as excellent animal care. Unsolicited grants are generally awarded in amounts from $500-$4,000 and do not exceed 10% of an organization's current annual operating budget. A site visit may be required before or as a condition of a grant. Unless part of a time-sensitive Request for Proposals program, applications for funding are accepted for consideration throughout the year or until funding for that particular area has been depleted.

ASPCA Equine Fund will consider grants to those organizations whose focus and expertise are concentrated on reducing the suffering of equines who have lost their homes or been cruelly treated. We will also consider capacity-building grants that improve professionalism and better position an equine rescue or sanctuary to advance their mission. Applicants must have already received their 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS or be a governmental/municipal agency in order to apply. Equine rescues and sanctuaries must care for at least ten equine concurrently to be considered for funding. In 2013, the ASPCA Equine Fund will consider grant applications in the following areas (submit one project or request per application).

Anti-Cruelty Seizures

Grants for housing and rehabilitation of the equine victims of large-scale cruelty seizures impacting eight or more animals are available. Support in the form of $500/horse (not to exceed $15,000) can be applied for by an equine rescue group, humane society or animal control agency. Verification of the number of animals impacted must be submitted with the online application either via reliable media coverage or an affidavit from the law enforcement agency involved in the seizure. Applications must be submitted within six months of the seizure.

Award Range: $3,000-$15,000

Emergency/Disaster Support

Grants to repair damaged structures, provide vet care for injured equine or replace hay/feed or supplies lost due to fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, break-ins or other human-caused or natural disasters are available to all established 501(c)(3) equine rescues and sanctuaries regardless of when they last received funding from the Equine Fund.  Applications must be submitted within six months of the incident.

Award range: $500–$4,000

Emergency Feed Support

Grants for hay, feed and supplements are available for relatively new organizations [1-5 years since receiving their 501(c)(3) status] that are having difficulty building their donor base in the current challenging economy, even though they are engaging in fundraising best practices (utilize website and social media, offer sponsorship opportunities, hold events, etc.); and for established groups who are requested to exceed their limits to provide for at-risk horses by local law enforcement. Organizations which have received an ASPCA Equine Fund grant within the past twelve months are ineligible for funding.

Award Range: $500-$4,000

Capital Improvements

Grants will be awarded for expansion programs, safety projects, emergency repairs and projects that will improve professionalism to established 501(c)(3) equine rescues and sanctuaries. Organizations which have received an ASPCA Equine Fund grant within the past twelve months are ineligible for funding.

Award Range: $500-$4,000

Training Grants

Grants to improve adoption rates through training will be awarded to established equine rescues that have had their 501(c)(3) at least three years and have an annual budget that exceeds $40,000. Grants will be considered for the following: training sessions with experienced trainers who utilize humane training methods, training equipment, training space improvements. Organizations which have received an ASPCA Equine Fund grant within the past twelve months are ineligible for funding (Stipends and cruelty seizure support grants are the exception.) 

Award range: $500-$4,000

State and Regional Safety Net Coalition Programs

Grant support is available for community outreach programs such as hay banks, veterinary vouchers, gelding and vaccination clinics, and euthanasia support for responsible low-income horse owners. 

Award Range: $500-$4,000

The ASPCA does not offer equine grants in the following areas:

  • Starting an equine rescue or sanctuary
  • Education programs
  • Veterinary services for an individual animal(s)
  • Relocation
  • Staff salaries
  • Therapeutic riding programs

How to Apply

Application for Equine Grants
Application for Scholarships for Equine-Related Conferences & Training

To help you prepare prior to applying online, you can download a sample application for Equine Grants or Equine Training Scholarships/Stipends.

Please note that you will need to know your Federal Tax ID/Employer Identification Number (EIN) to complete your application. You may also be asked to upload your Form 990 and IRS Letter of Determination, if applicable.