MD Spay and Neuter Grants Program

Maryland Department of Agriculture

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Grant amount: More than US $5,000

Deadline: Apr 1, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Maryland

Location of residency: Maryland

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Spay and Neuter Grants Program

This program is designed to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs euthanized in shelters across the state. We hope to reduce these numbers by providing competitive grants to local governments and animal welfare organizations that in turn promote and provide free spay and neuter services to pets of low income Marylanders and to colonies of feral cats. 

Eligible Costs

The following are examples of allowable expenses. If you have an expense that is not listed here it does not necessarily mean it is prohibited. Please contact the Program Coordinator to discuss if you are unsure. 

  • High Quality/High Volume (HQHV) Spay Neuter Training for Vets and Staff
  • Non-surgical Neutering Training
  • Rabies Vaccinations
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Outreach/Transportation/Scheduling Coordinator
  • Marketing/Outreach Costs
  • Veterinary Sterilization Package Offered by the Veterinary Practice

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


  • The Program is open to government animal control and care facilities and shelters or non-profit animal welfare organizations with 501(c)(3) status, in good standing with the IRS, State of Maryland, and local Animal Control Authority.
  • A competitive grant proposal (quoting Agriculture Article, §2-1602, Annotated Code of Maryland): 
    • Shall target low–income communities and populations to the maximum extent possible and detail how that goal is to be accomplished.
    • May target feral cat populations if MDA determines that this targeting does not violate local law.
    • Shall efficiently and effectively facilitate and promote and increase the provision of spay and neuter services for cats and dogs.
    • May include public education and outreach components. 


  • The program does not provide support to organizations that have lost their IRS taxexempt status, have unusually high administrative expenses, or show other indicators of financial mismanagement. 
  • Note to Pet Owners: Individual citizens seeking spay/neuter for their pets do not apply to this program directly but are assisted by the organizations we fund. 
  • The following are examples of items that, while they may have value, are not necessarily a good allocation of these limited resources, and will not be considered. 
    • Required Co-Pays Are Forbidden: Requiring a co-pay in connection with any service funded by this Program is not permitted.
      • The cost of sterilization procedures must be all inclusive (materials, veterinary services, and all required pre and postoperative medicines/exams related to the procedure). 
    • Requiring Other Procedures Is Not Allowed: Providing spay/neuter services paid for under this Program cannot be contingent on pet owners and animal caretakers purchasing other services. 
    • Funding of Personnel (other than Outreach/Transportation Coordinator): The program funds may not be used to fund permanent or temporary staff, whether it is clerical or surgical.
      • The cost of all surgical staff must be included in the sterilization cost per animal. 
  • Examples of expenses that are not allowed:
    • Overhead, office equipment and supplies, name tags and uniforms.
    • Capital campaigns and large construction projects.
    • Giveaways (such as promotional items other than pamphlets, postcards and other educational materials). 
    • Flea treatments, de-worming, ear-cleaning, bathing, and microchipping.
    • Web design and hosting, professional photography.
    • Vaccines (other than rabies), blood tests and other tests.
    • County pet licenses. It is important for government applicants to note this and find alternative funding for licensing if a requirement for spay/neutering. 
    • Contingency funds. While a contingency fund is not an allowable expense, if in the course of a sterilization procedure, complications arise that necessitate additional medical treatment, and the Project Manager may seek subsequent approval from the Program Coordinator to request the use of project funds to cover the cost. 
    • Education curriculum development.