ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance Equipment Grants

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

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Grant amount: Up to US $90,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

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.

Special Opportunity for National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) Clinics

The ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to organizations that have been accepted into the National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) training program. Eligible organizations are invited to apply for up to $85,000 for spay/neuter equipment to establish a new spay/neuter clinic, or up to $40,000 to expand an existing spay/neuter clinic. An additional $5,000 is also available for start-up NSNRT clinics for travel and associated costs to attend the training program at the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance.

Since 2006, the NSNRT program has helped mentor more than 150 clinics in best practices in the self-sustaining operation of high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter clinics. These grants are intended to help new clinics establish their operations and to help high-performing, existing clinics increase their capacity.

For more information about how to apply to join the NSNRT program, click here.

Eligible Costs

Funds may be used for: 

  • Medical and administrative equipment necessary to open up a one veterinarian spay/neuter practice, or to expand an existing spay/neuter practice, such as surgical tables, lights, anesthesia machines, autoclaves, kennels and admission forms. (An equipment list will be provided as part of the NSNRT mentorship process.). Note that funds cannot be used for equipment that has already been purchased prior to the date that the grant is awarded.
  • Up to 3 months of consumables such as suture material, gloves, anesthetic drugs, etc.
  • For start-up grants, an additional $5,000 may be requested for travel and associated costs to attend the NSNRT training at the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance (a separate budget must be provided)

Grant Award

  • Grants for start-up costs will be made up to $85,000 to be used within a 12-month period; an additional $5,000 may be requested for travel and associated costs to attend the NSNRT training at the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance.
  • Grants for expansion costs will be made up to $40,000 to be used within a 12-month period.
  • Grantees will also receive ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance consultation services on the funded project/program.

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


  • Eligible Applicants
    • Organization must have been accepted into the NSNRT training program, AND
    • Organization must be an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental organization located in the United States and in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service, AND
    • Organization must be willing to engage in consultation with the ASPCA and provide data on the funded project, AND
    • Organization must be in good standing with the ASPCA, including no overdue requirements from previous grants, AND
    • Organization must be focused on providing surgeries for public animals, such as owned pets and community cats. Surgeries for in-house shelter and rescue animals are allowable, but the majority of surgeries supported by these grants must be for public animals.
    • For organizations requesting start-up funds, the organization must be at least 6 months away from opening the clinic and already have a building leased or purchased.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Organization must have been accepted into the NSNRT training program.


  • Preference will be given to organizations that:
    • Demonstrate a clear and realistic sustainability plan
    • Have well-written and realistic goals
    • For expansion grants, preference will be shown to practices that demonstrate how they intend to increase their surgeries by 5,000 animals over the next two years


  • 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