Spring Forward with a New Grant

The Spring 2022 Open Grant period has ended. Watch for a new grant period to open by the end of the year. Portal grant opportunities are currently available.

The UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program (KSMP) is announcing requests for proposals for the California for All Animals Program. We are excited to partner with you to make an impact on animal shelters in California. The Open Grants period  commenced on May 1, 2022 and ended on June 30, 2022. We are processing the requests now. There will be more grant opportunities in the future. Below are the guidelines and steps to apply for an Open Grant.

California for All Animals logo with sun gradient backgroundOpen Grants Guidelines

Animal shelters in the following categories are eligible to apply for Open Grants:
  • municipal shelters,
  • private shelters with municipal contracts, and
  • private shelters without municipal contracts that house animals in a brick and mortar facility and are open to the public a minimum of fifteen hours per week for adoptions and return to home.
Also eligible:
  • Animal control agencies that provide field services and animal control functions are also eligible to apply, even if they do not perform sheltering services.
Most grants will be funded in a range of $25,000 to $200,000; however, if your proposal is outside this range, reach out to our team and we can talk through it.

Applying is easy! Simply follow these four steps.

Prefer watching/listening to reading? Watch this video in which California Director Allison Cardona walks you through the application process. You can also zoom into our open office hours on Monday, June 13. See our Contact Us page for more info. And of course we’re always available by email at grants@californiaforallanimals.com.

Step 1

If you have not already done so, join California for All Animals by filling out the Welcome Questionnaire located here [link removed July 1, 2022]. Note that you only need to fill this out one time per organization. If you filled this out during the initial welcome grant period, you can skip to Step 2. Click here for instructions on filling out the Welcome Questionnaire.

Step 2

Select a category that best fits with your project’s description. The categories (found below) highlight the program’s focus and funding priorities. 

Step 3

Answer the questions on the proposal form [link removed July 1, 2022].

You may also submit supplemental information such as videos, photos, diagrams, sketches or anything else that helps tell the story of your project. Feel free to be creative and share your vision and what you hope to accomplish! We will accept any file format for the supplemental materials.

If you have an existing format for proposals or a recent submission to another funder, feel free to upload that as well. We want this to be an inclusive and engaging process for you!

Step 4

Submit a budget for the project. Include length of time, start-up costs, operating costs and any supplies you may need. You may upload a file or use the Excel template provided.

Our goal is to make this process as simple and painless as possible. If you have any questions, want to brainstorm or just chat, please reach out to grants@californiaforallanimals.com.

Funding Categories

The goal of the California for All Animals program is to reduce the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals in shelters. That means all shelters in California are able to provide every animal at risk with the Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time to the Right Outcome. To reach this goal, we are focusing on four categories: Outcomes (Adoptions, Foster, Return to Home and Community), Field Services and Animal Control, Care of Animals in the Shelter, and Community Support.

Outcomes (Adoptions, Return to Home and Return to Community)
What does your organization need to increase adoptions, foster programs, transfer to partners, return to home, and return to community of origin (community cats, for example). Proposals may include requests for veterinary care, supplies, equipment, technology, training and staffing.
Field Services and Animal Control
Animal control officers play a vital role in an agency’s connection to the community. What does your organization need to return loose pets to their homes and provide support to community members? Examples include supplies such as kitten kits, fencing, trolleys, doghouses, vouchers for spay/neuter and medical care, microchip scanners, collars and leashes, and technology to enhance mobile work. Proposals will also be accepted for training for animal control officers to provide supportive services. 
Care of Animals in the Shelter
Grant funding in this category should focus on physical, medical and mental well-being of animals that are in the shelter’s care. This includes veterinary care supplies and services, behavior and enrichment, volunteer and foster programs, equipment and supplies including housing improvements and interaction spaces. 
Intake Management and Community Support
Grant funding in this category should focus on strengthening and streamlining your organization’s ability to provide services to the community. Examples include supplies and veterinary care to keep pets in their homes and communities of origin, developing appointment-based services for intake, resources for handling calls such as an automated system, finder foster programs, website messaging, text messaging, hotline run by staff or volunteers, and staffing for outreach and engagement.