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Grant Instructions

The ASAWF funds only 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organizations based in the United States of America. Grant determinations are made in April and October each year.  Funding amounts are flexible.  To be considered for funding in April, completed applications must be received by February 1st.  For consideration in October, applications must be received by August 1st.    Applicants who miss the filing deadline will be carried over one time to the next funding cycle.   We cannot consider incomplete applications so please be sure you submit all of the required attachments.  

Our funding priorities include:

  • Proposals seeking and implementing solutions to companion animal overpopulation
  • Projects to enhance humaneness and efficiency of animal shelter operations, sanctuaries and rescue centers
  • Humane education and community awareness programs
  • Projects protecting large animals and wild animals
  • Projects designed to eliminate pain and suffering of animals used in research or testing by reduction of numbers or use of non-sentient substitutes
  • Projects assisting protection of animals used for food or the elimination of such use

The ASAWF does not provide funding for:

  • Emergency grants
  • Grants for employee salaries.
  • Feral cat trap, neuter, release (TNR) programs; however, organizations that engage in TNR may submit an application for other projects
  • New organization start ups.  Applicants must have been granted IRS tax-exempt status at least three (3) years prior to applying for funding.

Application requirements:

Complete the application that applies to your organization. Select an application for either;

  • General application for organizations that do not provide direct animal care & housing.
  • Animal Shelters
  • Foster Care/Rescue groups
  • Large Animals, Farm Animals, Exotic Animals or Wildlife groups

Companion animal organizations must maintain a mandatory, pre-adoption spay/neuter policy and confirm that 100% of animals are neutered prior to release to be considered for funding.

Wildlife sanctuaries and large animal rescue groups that are accredited or verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) are given preference.

Required Documents

All applications must be accompanied by the following documents, specifically as listed.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.    

  1. The organization’s IRS tax-exempt determination letter.
  2. A line-item budget that shows the specific expenses for your proposal. Include the total budget for the proposal and the amount you are requesting from the Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund.
  3. The most recent financial statement showing actual income and expenses.
  4. Current operating budget
  5. A list of Board Members and Officers

Applications from organizations providing direct companion animal care (shelter or foster care) must be accompanied by the following documents.  Incomplete applications will note be considered:

  1. Companion animal spay/neuter policy
  2. Euthanasia policy

Applications from organizations providing direct care of large animals or wildlife must be accompanied by the following documents.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Animal release policy
  2. Animal reproduction policy
  3. Euthanasia policy

Electronic Submission:

Applications may only be submitted electronically. Electronic submissions are not completed until the Required Documents (see above) are attached.

Please double check that you have included the specific documents requested for your application.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.