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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.    Final determination of grant awards will be made within 6 months of the filing deadline.  

Applicants who miss the filing deadline will be carried over one time to the next funding cycle.   Please carefully review the list of required documents below and be sure you submit all of the required attachments for your application.   We cannot consider incomplete applications.  

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 to be completed by organizations that do not provide direct animal care & housing such a spay/neuter clinic or advocacy groups .
  • Animal Shelters
  • Foster Care/Rescue groups
  • Organizations providing care for Large Animals, Farm Animals, Wildlife or Exotic Animals

Companion animal organizations must maintain a mandatory, pre-adoption spay/neuter policy and confirm that 100% of all 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.   Please do not submit substitute documents or additional documents not 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 for a 12 month period or the last fiscal year.  We will accept only one of the following; a Profit & Loss Statement, an audited financial statement or the IRS Form 990.
  4. Current line-item operating budget
  5. A list of Board Members and Officers

Applications from organizations providing direct companion animal care (shelter or foster care) must also be accompanied by the following written policy statements as adopted by the board of directors.  Incomplete applications will not be considered:

  1. Companion animal adoption spay/neuter policy as adopted by the board of directors
  2. Euthanasia policy as adopted by the board of directors

Applications from organizations providing direct care of large animals, farm animals or wildlife or exotics must also be accompanied by the following written policy statements as adopted by the board of directors.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Animal release or placement policy as adopted by the board of directors
  2. Animal reproduction policy as adopted by the board of directors
  3. Euthanasia policy as adopted by the board of directors.

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 each the specific documents requested for your application.  Please do not submit substitute documents or additional documents not listed.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.