WCP Foundation: Grants in Animal Welfare and Protection

The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: May 1, 2019

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Nonprofit PhD Student

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

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Foundation was established to improve the status of animals worldwide through studies of the science and philosophy of animal welfare/rights and to reduce, through practical efforts and initiatives, the suffering and harm inflicted on animals by human beings.

Types of Grants

The Parks Foundation makes awards, usually not more than $10,000 per annum, to support projects, research, and other activities calculated to advance the welfare of animals. 

Successful applications include:

  • Evidence that the organization or applicant is making a concerted effort to assess the effectiveness of programs;
  • Evidence that the organization has been striving in substantial ways to reduce animal pain, stress, and suffering, and to improve animal welfare.

In recent years successful applicants have received project grants to support adoption programs; enrichment initiatives; animal rescue training; research and data websites; equipment purchase or small-scale repairs or renovations tied to specific program initiatives; canine behavior training; public awareness campaigns; humane education; campaign plans; law enforcement training; small-scale facility additions; cage purchases; conference and festivals; curriculum development; staff training and education; anti-cruelty hotlines; animal welfare certification initiatives; psychology and social psychology research concerning cruelty and kindness; habitat enhancement; and disaster response and recovery activities. 

Other areas of potential interest to the Parks Foundation grants committee including the development of alternatives in education; the development of best practices in companion animal care and services; application of the “Three R’s” approach (refinement, replacement, and reduction of animal use to reduce animal pain or suffering) in laboratory, agricultural, and other sectors; methods and strategies of population control; predator protection; the prevention of animal cruelty through social or other interventions; promoting knowledge and awareness of the science, philosophy, and ethics of animal welfare and animal rights; research and survey work concerning public attitudes and behaviors; and animal welfare publishing.

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


  • The Grants Committee makes grants to both animal protection organizations and to individual scholars pursuing work consistent with the goals of the Trust founders.
  • Organizations may receive funds for specific projects.
  • Doctoral or post-doctoral candidates may receive funds to support a specific research project. These funds must be distributed through an organization or institution with 501(c)3 status or its equivalent.
  • The Parks Foundation ONLY considers applications for Project Grants.
  • Animal sanctuaries will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Grants may be made to organizational or institutional projects, grassroots activities, or academic studies that promise to advance animal welfare.
  • Organizations applying for a grant MUST be recognized as a 501c(3) entity or its equivalent in the country where the organization operates.


  • The Foundation does NOT make capital grants (grants associated with major construction, remodeling, or expansion projects at shelters and other facilities), or general operating grants (i.e., grants to cover fixed or basic costs of administration; or rent or mortgage payments).
  • Please note that grants will NOT be awarded to improve animal health, provide for spay/neuter assistance, save endangered species, rehabilitate wildlife, conserve/protect wild animal populations, or to support political candidates.
  • Municipalities and municipal agencies are not eligible for grants.