Animal Welfare Grants

animal cruelty pictures of cats
photo credit Farm Sanctuary

Here’s a list of trusts providing animal welfare grants. My greatest concern is the domestic cat but animal welfare goes far beyond cats, quite obviously. It affects probably every animal on the planet. A virtually unheard of form of animal cruelty (well, I’d call it animal cruelty) is the fact that primates are being eaten to extinction by mankind (Times 5th August 2008). Yes, half the world’s primate species are under threat of extinction because people are hunting them and eating them. They are easy to hunt.

These are our close relative and they have the capacity to be self conscious (aware of themselves). They are more intelligent and aware than we give credit for. Yet we kill them inhumanely and brutally to extinction. Surely we can do better than this? There are thousands of other examples from individual cruelty to organized cruelty

Anyway, it is quite difficult to find trusts that give animal welfare grants, so I hope this list proves useful. The list relates to the USA and UK (and one based in Canada). It is far from a complete list of foundations providing animal welfare grants. But it is a good list, which I have brought together. This should save time searching as it took me quite a lot of time to produce this!

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust
UK based – The objectives of this trust is to donate to charities that benefit or protect animals, relieve the suffering of animals, the conservation of wildlife and that have as their objective the encouragement of a greater understanding of animals (a wide range of criteria for animal welfare grants). Applications are sent in writing to a London address. The founder was Jean Sainsbury, who died in 2007 and who was no relation to the well known supermarket family.

THE EDNA LINNELL CHARITABLE TRUST – please do a Google search for this.
UK based – This link takes you to the Charity Commission for England and Wales database showing the purposes and contact information for this charity as they do not have a website. This seems to be a general (not animal specific) trust, however.

The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust
UK based but the grants can be made to non UK charities on my reading of the website. Applicants should meet the following criteria: encouraging initiatives to improve animal welfare, promoting alternatives to animal experimentation and those charities promoting and encouraging the alleviation of animal suffering and the prevention of animal cruelty. The trust appears to be based in Scotland. Applications are made to a PO Box in Scotland.

Maddie’s Fund
USA based. They have a policy of not funding government mandated programs. They are actively involved it seems in funding shelter projects, no kill shelter programs.

Summerlee Foundation
USA based. Their objective is to fund programs that are involved with reducing animal cruelty of any kind (and to fund research and education projects on the history of Texas).

Animal Welfare Trust

USA based. Guiding value – animals have a right to be respected and a life free of suffering (my rewording to avoid copy vio). They appear to favor what they term “grassroots” operations that are highly committed to making an impact on improving animal welfare and that have clear well defined goals. They also work in partnership and alone on projects to improve animal welfare.

Animal Welfare Foundation (link broken Dec 2012)
UK based and funding normally given to UK based operations. As at Aug. 2008 funding is restricted to a fund called the GP West Fund.  Applications time limited at the time of writing this to 29th Oct. 2008.

ECLAM and ESLAV Foundation Ltd — link broken Aug 2013
I am not sure where they are based, probably continental Europe. This fund is concerned with improving the welfare of laboratory animals. I am totally against animal experiments but if they are taking place it seems sensible to improve their welfare.

The Tubney Charitable Trust
UK based. This trust has a limited lifespan so applications should not be delayed it would seem. The objectives are to make an impact on UK biodiversity and on improving farm animal welfare internationally. They have provided large sums to large scale projects.

Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant – please Google this organisation.
USA based and under the auspices of American Humane. This foundation provides funding to animal shelters for improvements.

The Second Chance® Fund – please Google this organisation.
USA based and under the auspices of American Humane. This foundation provides funding to animal shelters and organizations towards the expensive cost of longterm medical care for abused animals.

The Garfield Weston Foundation
UK based this is large foundation funding a wide range of projects and organizations some of which touch on animal welfare. Although they say it seems they not make direct animal welfare grants.

The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare
USA based and what seems to me to be a long established foundation. They are concerned with making grants for animal protection organizations and individuals (students) whose study can advance the foundation’s objectives.

The Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada
Based in Canada. Wide ranging funder supporting organizations involved in improving the quality of lives of animals in Canada.

Springsteen Foundation
USA based. Their mission is to promote the wellbeing of animals. So, it is quite wide. Not sure if this is linked to Bruce Springsteen.

cat in a cat shelter - pictures of cats
Cat Shelter Rome – photo by JFA-japan

Photo heading page – animal welfare grants: this is a calf left dying in a stockyard. Image published under a creative commons license = Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

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Animal Welfare Grants — 15 Comments

  1. my web site kitty retreat is down . I love cats and have 2 colonies but
    need financial help. are there grants for this???? I have been doing this
    for quite a few years since disabled… love this site and cat pic’s.
    Thanks….Gloria ukiah calif.

    • Hi Gloria, I’ll look into your question and get back as a comment. Gloria, why is your site down? Is it about the subscription to Hostgator?

  2. Dear Sir/Madame, I am having a kitten/cat orphange in Bengaluru-Karnataka state, India, I need small montary funs from you all, KIndly let me know in what way you all can be helpfull to me.Thks you.C.F.Pinto mobile no. 91-8867120766

    • Hi Condrad. Thanks for commenting. I am interested in giving some money to your orphanage. Do you have a website? Can you tell me some more about what you do? Also please tell me your bank account details as the only way to pay would be by money transfer unless you have a PaPal account.

  3. Thanks for the page of grant providers. Quick update, the Tubney Charitable Trust is closed and all remaining funds have been transferred to another charity. The Garfield Weston Foundations specifically states that it will not fund animal welfare charities

  4. Hi.We are looking at trying to raise funds to purchase our rescue centre on the Greek island of Kos.
    Also we need donations of any kind,regarding cats and dogs..bedding,food,medication..etc.
    Every dog/cat that comes to us is sterilised,blood tested,micro chipped and fully vaccinated.We have a non euthanasia policy.
    Is there anybody that would help us.
    Our website needs updating desperately so I have attatched our Facebook page which is regularly updated.
    Thank you

  5. I have 75 cats under my care I have rescued this cats personally I have no more funds to sustain their subsistence I am appealing to your kind heart to help me feed this cats I have rescued this cats and kittens thrown to the drainage . I have provided them cages individually for them not to multiply.

  6. I run a local volunteer animal welfare group here in Liberia. We promote the welfare of animals through humane education programs (equipping the younger generation about animal welfare), free veterinary care for animals in need, rescuing and rehoming abused and neglected animals and promoting plant based diets. The issue of animal welfare is seen in Liberia as a new phenomenon. For centuries, animals have been seen as commodities, properties and source of income rather than sentient beings. We are trying under difficult situation to help the animals. The animals need your help. Please help us to continue helping animals and people in Liberia. You can us at for more information about our work.

    • Thanks Morris. Great comment. That attitudes towards animals that you refer to go the heart of our relationship. Could you please tell the name of your organisation? Do yo have a website. I have added a map to my comment so people can be sure where your country is:

      Liberia map

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