Ohio/Great Lakes Region Grants: Adoption or Behavior Training, Continuing Education & Training, or Humane & Wildlife Education

Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust

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

Next deadline: Apr 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Aug 15, 2020 (Full proposal), Dec 15, 2020 (Full proposal)

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

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Michigan, Ohio, Lake County, Illinois, Counties in Indiana: Adams County, Allen County Show all

Location of residency: Michigan, Ohio, Lake County, Illinois, Counties in Indiana: Adams County, Allen County Show all

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About this funder:



Note: We ask that grant applicants for new projects contact us well in advance of any deadline listed above, and initially by a one page letter of inquiry (LOI).

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 Ohio/Great Lake Region Grants, depending on project topic. You may apply for one round or the other, and request funding for only one project in your proposal.

Ohio and Other Great Lakes Grants

The Foundation devotes most of its resources to grants for organizations in Ohio and portions of the other seven states in the Great Lakes watershed (including IL, IN, MI, WI, Western PA, Upstate NY, and Northeastern MN), reflecting the origin of Mr. Scott’s assets. We seek innovative, cost-effective projects that demonstrate our region’s commitment to improving the well-being of animals, especially those in underserved areas or belonging to disadvantaged social groups. We prefer initiatives that are metropolitan, multi-county, statewide or regional or involve collaborations among multiple agencies. Requests from small organizations with localized impact are less likely to be funded. Successful applicants will pursue a high quality of life for individual animals and improve the situation of significant numbers of animals.

Eligible Activities for this Deadline

Animal Adoption, Behavior Training, and Fostering projects to increase the number and percentage of successful adoptions from shelters or rescue groups, or other non-capital means of expanding shelter capacity.

Continuing Education & Training for agency staff or volunteers, to improve delivery of care, and initiatives to improve and diversify recruitment and retention of volunteers and staff.

Humane & Wildlife Education in schools and other community settings, particularly with poor, minority, or culturally isolated children and youth, or adult educational campaigns, such as re: keeping cats safely indoors, getting pets ID’ed and vaccinated, or co-existing with urban-suburban wildlife.

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.


  • Organizations that do not have 100% board participation in annual giving need not apply.
  • The Trust will not consider requests from groups in other areas of the country whose activities are mainly of local impact, or fund activities taking place outside the USA.
  • 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.