Animal Welfare Trust - Inform, Inspire, Educate






Humane Education (HEART)

Grant Program


Animal Welfare Trust's grant program seeks to assist organizations whose work can help alleviate animal suffering and/or raise public consciousness toward giving animals the respect they so need and deserve. Although general organizational funding will be considered, preference will be given to well-defined projects with clear goals and objectives. Capital projects will not be considered. Areas of priority include farm animal welfare, vegetarianism and humane education.

Grants will generally be made in the $2,500 to $20,000 range, although requests outside either end of this range will be considered. Grant requests can be for a single or multi-year period, depending on the nature of the project. Grants will be made largely to organizations classified as public charities under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code.

Animal Welfare Trust anticipates giving out 10 to 15 grants per year. Accordingly, we believe our grant program must be focused in order maximize the impact of the grants we give. In general, we are interested in funding programs that have the ability to change public awareness and attitudes as well as promote action towards conditions that compromise the well being of animals. Accordingly, our grant program is about "informing, inspiring, and educating" which is our adopted motto.

Given this focus, it is unfortunate that important sectors of the animal welfare arena must be outside of our funding scope. Local animal rescue/shelter and spay/neuter programs, as critical as they are to the animal welfare cause, is an area that we believe we just don't have the resources to address. Likewise, wildlife management and conservation projects are not within our funding parameters.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to submit an email INQUIRY to determine if the intended funding request falls within the scope of AWT's funding program. Please include a brief description of your organization and the amount and purpose for the request, along with your name, title and contact information. The purpose of this inquiry is to avoid the time and effort in presenting a full application for requests that are simply out of the scope of our grant program.

Please note: While we read all email inquiries within 30 days of receipt, we will only respond if we are interested in seeing a full grant proposal.

E-mail inquires can be sent to

GRANT REQUESTS will be considered on a continuous basis throughout the year. Grant applications will be reviewed no later than 90 days from receipt.

The grant application should include the following:

  1. Cover page
    Please include your organization's name, executive director, address, phone and email, project name, amount of grant request, and a very brief summary of the project.

  2. Background of your organization
    Briefly describe the history, current operating structure and mission of your organization. Describe the key personnel and identify who would be AWT's principal contact.

  3. Purpose of funding
    If the funding is identified with a specific project, please describe the goals and objectives of the project and include a timeline as to when the project was initiated or will be initiated and its expected evolution.

    If the request is not project specific, please describe how this funding will help advance the mission of your organization.

  4. Description of finances
    Please attach a copy of the operating budget of your organization as well as the budget for the project, if this is a project-specific request. What are your organization's major sources of funding, both current and past? Grant recipients must have the financial potential to sustain the program for which funding is sought following the period of the requested grant.

  5. Attach a copy of exemption status from the Internal Revenue Service.

Submit grant requests to:

Animal Welfare Trust
Post Office Box 737
Mamaroneck, New York 10543

Or email to: