Grants

ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grants

The ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies dedicated to the prevention and elimination of animal cruelty throughout the United States.

Funding priorities for the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grant Program are limited to the following categories:

  • Animal cruelty investigation programs (limited to organizations with law enforcement authority or in formal partnership with same)
  • Expenses incurred as a result of large-scale cruelty seizures and/or surrenders of companion and/or farm animals in cases involving puppy mills, animal fighting, hoarding, abuse and/or neglect. These expenses include veterinary care, housing, transport, spay/neuter, and placement.  Requests for such funds are limited to organizations with law enforcement authority having jurisdiction over the case or whose involvement was requested by same.
  • Outreach programs aimed at preventing or eliminating animal cruelty
  • Advocacy for anti-cruelty ordinances and legislation
  • Sponsorships for conferences, conference tracks, trainings or other events that provide education and/or training on animal cruelty or animal law enforcement
  • Scholarship programs, scholarships, and travel stipends for shelter, animal control or law enforcement staff to attend  conferences or training directly related to animal cruelty 

Grants typically range from $500 to $10,000, though exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis depending on severity and need. Grantees may be asked to collect and report data related to the effectiveness of their funded programs.

Farm Animal Grants: Please note that we are also accepting proposals in the above categories as they pertain to the commercial farming of animals for food. If you have additional ideas for grant projects related to animals raised intensively for commercial food production, and are unsure whether to proceed with an application, email us here with a brief description of your idea, and we will provide feedback.

Eligible Applicants

  • Established 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental organizations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service, including public law enforcement agencies
  • Organization must be in good standing with the ASPCA, including no overdue requirements from previous grants

How to Apply

To be considered for a grant, you must submit your request online through one of the following links:

If you are seeking a sponsorship for a conference, training, or other event directly related to animal cruelty, use this application:

Your request for sponsorships must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the event.

If you are seeking a scholarship or stipend to send staff to a conference, training, or other event that is directly related to animal cruelty, or provides education and/or training on animal cruelty or animal law enforcement, use this application:

For scholarships to trainings between January 1 and March 31, 2017, applications must be submitted by November 4, 2016.
For scholarships to trainings between April 1 and June 30, 2017, applications must be submitted by January 15, 2017.
For scholarships to trainings between July 1 and September 30, 2017, applications must be submitted by April 15, 2017.
For scholarships to trainings between October 1 and December 31, 2017, applications must be submitted by July 15, 2017.

Applicants requesting scholarships for trainings must also complete and upload the following form to the online application:

Additional Guidelines:

For application submission inquiries/technical difficulties, please contact the ASPCA Grants team. Usual ASPCA guidelines and reporting apply.