ASPCA Northern Tier Shelter Initiative Grants

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

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota Expand all

Location of residency: Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota Expand all

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Note: Grants will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis until grant funds are fully expended.

ASPCA Northern Tier Shelter Initiative Grants

The ASPCA is providing grant funding to qualified nonprofit bricks-and-mortar shelter organizations, tribal authorities and government agencies in Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin that care for homeless animals and advance animal welfare in those states.

Grants will be distributed to those groups with demonstrated need, capacity to effectively absorb funding, and commitment and capability to complete the proposed projects.

Eligible Projects

Proposals will be considered to support capacity-building activities that increase and enhance a group’s effectiveness in carrying out its animal welfare mission. These may include, but are not limited to:

Improve Shelter Operations 

Projects may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Medical/surgical equipment and supplies 
  • Equipment for humane cat caging
  • Building capacity to improve protocols around vaccination on intake, disease spread prevention, daily rounds, and standard operating procedures
  • Technology enhancements (including but not limited to computer equipment and internet access)
  • Salary support for new program positions (you must explain how the position would be sustained after the grant term ends) .

Increase Shelter Live Release Rate

Projects may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Fee-waived adoption programs 
  • High-volume adoption events
  • Targeted adoption marketing campaigns
  • Foster programs
  • Relocation initiatives

Decrease Shelter Intake

Projects may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Lost and found 
  • Return to owner in the field
  • Pet retention assistance
  • Re-homing assistance

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


  • Eligible Applicants:
    • Established 501(c)(3) nonprofit bricks-and-mortar animal shelter organizations, tribal authorities or governmental organizations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service.
    • Organization must be in good standing with the ASPCA, including no overdue requirements from previous grants.
    • Organization must be located in one of the following seven states: Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin
    • Organization must have an annual operating budget of under $1 million.


  • Priority may be given for projects that will lead to long-term, systemic, and sustainable improvements at the organization.


  • 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.)
  • The ASPCA does not pay for overhead expenses.

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