The Summerlee Foundation Grants

The Summerlee Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Canada, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey Expand all

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Founded in 1988 by Dallas philanthropist, Annie Lee Roberts, The Summerlee Foundation is a mission driven, proactive organization with a strong desire to address significant issues in animal protection and Texas history. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded 30 million dollars to grantees.

The Foundation makes grants for two specific purposes:

  • To alleviate fear, pain and suffering of animals and to promote animal protection and the prevention of cruelty to animals.
  • To research, promote and document all facets of Texas History.

General operating grants are rarely given as a first grant. We do make general operating grants within our research program and after we have a funding history with an organization. 

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


  • Must be a 501(c)(3) public charity organization as defined by the IRS or a governmental unit as described in 170(c)(1) of the IRS code.
  • Must be located within the United States, Canada, Mexico, or the British Isles.
  • Sanctuary organizations for captive animals must be accredited or verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
  • National Register Status is required for all proposals pertaining to historic preservation.


  • Geographically:
    • The Americas and the British Isles, with special emphasis on those communities which are the most underserved and the most challenged.
  • Programmatically:
    • Cats only in the United States and Canada – The tragedy of cat overpopulation and homelessness in this country results in intense and immense suffering due to disease, starvation, and inhumane practices by some local communities and agencies.  Funding emphasis is on sterilization and vaccination primarily in rural or underserved communities.
    • Dogs outside of United States, primarily in Latin America – Emphasis on sterilization, vaccination, and humane euthanasia.
    • Wildlife – Emphasis on mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, and black bears, funding only those programs which protect through advocacy and/or ethical-based research.
    • Marine Life – Emphasis on endangered species and anti-captivity projects addressing marine mammals (dolphins and orcas).
    • Sanctuary for Captive Animals – Captive animal sanctuaries have to be accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries before funding will be considered.
    • Wildlife Rehabilitation – Emphasis on hands-on animal care (emergency rescue, food, medications, housing improvements).
    • Emergency Funding: May be awarded through the Annie Lee Roberts Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) 


  • The Summerlee does not award grant support in the following categories:
    • To individuals
    • For religious purposes
      • For monuments and memorials
        • For courthouse restoration
          • For lobbying efforts
            • To organizations that do not share the mission of the Foundation