Niles Foundation Grant

Laura J. Niles Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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Laura J. Niles Foundation

The mission of the Laura J. Niles Foundation is to encourage and support efforts to improve the lives of both people and animals. The Foundation seeks to benefit animals, primarily dogs, through research, training, and adoption, especially where people and animals benefit simultaneously. Additionally, the Foundation strives to nurture and assist individuals and facilities in leading responsible and productive lives by enabling them to help themselves.

Primary Program Interests

Animals - The Foundation is seeking ways to benefit animals, particularly dogs, and is especially interested in efforts that help animals and people simultaneously. The Foundation is targeting areas that include specific medical research, animal adoption, search & rescue, assistance dogs, and similar fields of interest. Currently, the Foundation does not consider spay/neuter programs to be a priority, given the limited funds it has available.

Education - Included in this interest area are primary, secondary and higher education, and also special education, literacy and ethics.

Economic Self-Sufficiency - This program area includes but is not limited to: the encouragement and support of entrepreneurialism, mentoring, and job training initiatives.

Disadvantaged Individuals - Interests here include assisting the underprivileged and individuals with disabilities.

Guiding Principles and Considerations 

  • The goal of the Foundation's Board is to pursue a deliberate and proactive course of "strategic philanthropy" .
  • The Foundation favors programs addressing long-term solutions to the causes of problems, as distinguished from programs that simply treat the symptoms.
  • The Foundation puts added emphasis on programs and organizations that address the intersection of its various interests.
  • The Foundation encourages pilot initiatives that test new program models.
  • The Foundation has a particulate interest in organizations that promote collaborative efforts among groups and organizations.
  • Qualities sought by the Foundation in its grantee organizations are: effective and dynamic personnel; passionate leadership; a bias against bureaucracy; prudent managements & governance practices; and commitment to results and overall assessment of program impact.

The majority of the Laura J. Niles Foundation's grantmaking is focused in the northeastern United States, although, occasionally, grants may be made in other regions of the country and/or abroad. However, any grant for international programs or projects will be made only through US tax-exempt organizations.

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  • All applicants must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.


  • Of particular interest to the Foundation are organizations that promote partnerships and collaborative efforts among multiple groups and organizations.
  • The Foundation encourages pilot initiatives that test new program models.
  • Priority will be given to requests that show specific plans for financial sustainability.


  • The Foundation generally will not provide grants to the following:
    • organizations not determined to be tax-exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
    • individuals;
    • general fundraising drives;
    • endowments;
    • government agencies; or
    • organizations that subsist mainly on third party funding and have demonstrated no ability or expended little effort to attract private funding.

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