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ASPCA Equine Welfare Grants

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

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Deadline: Nov 1, 2020

Grant amount: US $500 - US $15,000

Fields of work: Animal Welfare - Domestic Animals & Pets

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: The timeframe for this opportunity is January 1 through November 1. See each area below for details of when applications must be submitted.

The ASPCA provides grants to U.S. nonprofit equine welfare organizations and other animal welfare organizations that care for horses, mules, donkeys and ponies in alignment with our efforts to protect all equines. The ASPCA seeks to award equine organizations that strive to achieve best practices both in nonprofit management and equine care. Unsolicited grants are generally awarded in amounts from $500-$5,000 and seldom exceed 10% of an organization's current annual operating budget. A site visit may be required before or as a condition of a grant.

The ASPCA will consider grant applications for equines ONLY 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 seizures due to cruelty, neglect or abandonment impacting eight or more equine 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 through one of the following:

  • link to an accurate media report;
  • affidavit from law enforcement authorities with jurisdiction over the case, or
  • a report from the veterinarian of record covering all seized equine.

Applications must be submitted within three months of the seizure.

Award Range: $4,000-$15,000

Field Investigations & Response (FIR) Partner Assistance

Grants to provide support for equine seized by the ASPCA FIR Team in conjunction with our partners in law enforcement and placed with a humane society, rescue or sanctuary. Funding can be used for hay/feed/supplements, veterinary/farrier/dental care, medications/vaccines/gelding and/or training. (For information on becoming an ASPCA FIR Partner, please visit this page.)

Award Range: TBD by FIR Placement Manager and Equine Grants Officer based on number of equine placed.

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 Welfare program.

Applications must be submitted within three months of the incident.

Award range: $500–$5,000

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The ASPCA 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. 
  • 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.


  • 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
    • Therapeutic riding programs
  • The ASPCA generally will not support:
    • Organizations whose mission is unrelated to animal welfare
    • Multi-year grant pledges
    • Individuals, private foundations, endowments, churches or religious programs, fraternal, social or labor organizations
    • Organizations with unusually high administrative expenses or other indicators of financial mismanagement 
    • Organizations which demonstrate or have previously demonstrated practices that are irreconcilable with ASPCA grant standards
    • Political parties, candidates, or political activities
    • Capital campaigns or large construction projects
    • Organizations that discriminate because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or any areas covered by any applicable federal, state, or local laws
    • Organizations based outside the United States, or projects that solely benefit animals outside the United States
    • Projects for wildlife or marine life
    • Individual animals
    • Organizations that have lost their IRS tax-exempt status (Visit to ensure your organization is in good standing with the IRS.)
    • Overhead expenses


This page was last reviewed March 31, 2020 and last updated March 31, 2020