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National Grants: Humane Animal Population Control, Other Medical Care, and General Equipment/Facilities Improvements

Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 15, 2018

Later anticipated deadlines: Dec 15, 2018

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Museum/Library/Zoo

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: "The Foundation will no longer consider unsolicited proposals for activities of National scope or significance, or from organizations located in communities and states outside the Great Lakes region. We may continue to make grants to a few preselected National organizations whose activities are believed to provide direct benefits to humane groups and animals in our region." 

History & Mission

The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust is a private foundation focused on preventing cruelty to animals and promoting the humane treatment of animals, particularly companion animals such as dogs and cats, and other species of animals commonly kept as household pets.  The Foundation also supports efforts to protect the well-being of urban-suburban wildlife, captive exotic wildlife, farmed animals, working animals, and non-human animals generally.  It extends in perpetuity the generosity toward animals in need shown by Kenneth Allen Scott during his lifetime, assisting those who care for them today.

Giving Strategy

The Foundation has two deadlines each year for proposals for National Grants, depending on project topic. You may apply for one round or the other, and request funding for only one project in your proposal.

National Grants

The Foundation makes a very limited number of grants to organizations whose projects are of National scope or significance.  Typically these are projects with the capacity to foster immediate or future tangible improvements in the status of animals across many states and communities. National applicants must state how they will implement their plans together with local partners, or will otherwise make a significant impact on animal well-being.

Among previously funded and potentially eligible National-level activities are: 
  • shelter medicine & wildlife rehabilitation programs with colleges of veterinary medicine; 
  • continuing education & training courses for shelter volunteers and staff; 
  • development of humane & wildlife education programs for people of all ages; 
  • systemic remedies addressing animal cruelty, or its links to other domestic violence; 
  • efforts to reach pets in underserved areas, and to diversify participation in humane work; 
  • research that advances animal welfare;  and
  • other projects that seek to improve the position of animals relative to human society.

Eligible Activities for this Deadline

Medical, Rehabilitation, and Wellness Care for Animals, as in initiating practice of shelter medicine or wildlife medicine at animal shelters or nature centers, improving access to affordable veterinary care for owned companion animals in underserved urban/rural areas, or giving special attention to pets of socially vulnerable populations -- lower income households, domestic violence victims, senior citizens -- or to retirees from racing or other careers.

Pet & Feral Animal Population Control through Spay/Neuter programs targeting assistance based on need, generally for owned pets of lower or fixed income households, for incentive programs encouraging adoptions from public shelters, to help shelters implement a spay/neuter-before-adoption policy, or humanely control numbers of free-roaming community cats or dogs;  

Equipment & Facilities Improvements directly benefiting homeless or injured animals (matching funds may be required for amounts over $10,000), or for Information Technology upgrades ($5,000 maximum, limit of one request in 5 years).

Other Animal Care Initiatives, such as:  disaster and emergency planning, preparedness, and response training;  special enforcement expenses associated with patterns of animal cruelty in hoarding cases, puppy mill seizures, and dog fighting;  projects that celebrate the human-animal bond with companion animals;  or wildlife protection focused on native species typical of our region, especially involving challenges at the interface between human civilization and the lives of wild creatures.

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


  • Applicants must be incorporated and nonprofit, have Federal IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and provide evidence of proper financial stewardship and an absence of conflicts of interest involving board members or staff.
    • Humane societies, other animal welfare or animal protection groups, nonprofit spay/neuter clinics, wildlife rehabilitation and nature centers, sanctuaries, museums, zoos and aquariums, educational institutions, or other state or community organizations dedicated to the well-being of animals.
  • All governing board members are expected to make an annual financial contribution to the work of their organizations. 
  • Groups working with live animals must deliver outstanding humane care, in facilities that meet or exceed accepted health and safety standards.
    • They must have written policies on adoption procedures, on spaying/neutering companion animals leaving the agency, and on conditions for display or release of wildlife, and keep accurate records on intake and disposition of all animals.
  • Previous recipients may apply, although we will not fund any project in perpetuity.


  • In general, the Trust prefer projects that help a broad array of companion animals, wildlife, or other types of animals in need.
  • The Trust prefers to fund established organizations with proven track records of effectiveness and demonstrating broad community support, rather than start-up organizations.

  • The Trust will give preference to projects of scale vs. small projects from the same metro area or county.  Agencies that send us competing proposals for similar services in a given area may be asked to resubmit a joint request.


  • The Trust will not consider requests from groups in other areas of the country (oustide of Ohio and portions of the other seven states in the Great Lakes watershed) whose activities are mainly of local impact, or fund activities taking place outside the USA.
  • Organizations that do not have 100% board participation in annual giving need not apply.
  • The Trust is less apt to fund breed rescues or other narrowly focused groups.
  • The Trust expects applicants to procure necessary resources for “basic” animal sheltering, rescue, and care activities from sustainable sources within their own communities.

    • “The basics” cover (among other things) companion animals’ daily physical needs, usual medical care, shelter upkeep and utilities, and staffing costs to carry out these activities.  
    • Also, we normally expect that shelters or rescue groups will already have the means to spay/neuter animals they take under care, using funds raised from other sources (e.g. adoption fees).
  • The Trust does not award grants to individuals or government agencies, or for general operating support, for activities related to litigation, legislation, political candidates or ballot issues, for deficit reduction or for endowments.

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