Animal Welfare Trust awarded grants totaling $290,500 in 2013 which was down from $309,101 in 2012, broken down as follows:
- $180,000 in grants from our general grant program to 12 organizations.
- $100,000 in our direct project program to HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) and the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.
- $10,500 in grants to 5 student internship projects which are discussed in the student internship section of the web site.
Animal Welfare Trust has long recognized the need for capacity building within the animal protection field. In 2003 we started our student internship grant program which gives grants up to $5,000 per year for student projects, usually over a summer. Since the inception of the program we have given out $120,000 in such grants. Recent reviews of where those grantees are today revealed a high percentage are working within the animal protection movement, with a number taking on leadership roles. This confirms the value of our student internship program based on our original hopes.
Based in part on the success of the student internship program we have now developed a fellowship program. This initiative is aimed at post graduate individuals who have an interest in careers in the animal protection movement but need a bridge job to help launch their careers. We have now given two grants to individuals through Equal Justice Works which is an organization that operates as an intermediary in lining up two year fellowships for attorney’s just graduating from law school to work on projects at selected host organizations. In 2014 AWT expects to expand this program to the academic arena by giving a fellowship grant to fund the development of a series of courses in Animal Welfare Sciences at a major university.
The animal protection movement needs and deserves new bright talent in order to make progress against organized and often well- funded interests that compromise animal welfare. Likewise, capable young individuals interested in a career in the animal protection movement need a pathway to help them launch that career. We are hopeful that our new fellowship program along with our student internship program will make a contribution toward the critical need for capacity building in the quest for giving animals the basic rights they deserve.
I am so appreciative of the AWT board and staff for their continued guidance and dedication. Thank you also to all of our grantees for the great work you are doing on the behalf of non-human animals. I also want to acknowledge the large number of inquiries we get each year for which we can only positively respond to a handful. We are constantly reminded of the many selfless and dedicated individuals, many with limited and unpredictable resources, who are working so hard to improve the lives of animals.