As of yesterday, special grants are now accessible to local non-profits and government agencies helping companion animals in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The grants are being made available by a collective of national animal welfare organizations, including A Kinder World Foundation, Houston PetSet, Petco Foundation, Petfinder Foundation, and PetSmart Charities®.
This much-needed collaborative was established to streamline the funding application process and allow local groups to spend more time helping animals in crisis as opposed to seeking funding.
Disaster-impacted groups can submit one grant application through a centralized website, AnimalDiasterFunding.org.
Each grant application will be reviewed by the five grantmakers, and the review process will be expedited so that urgent funding can be provided immediately.
The grants are open to animal shelters, rescues, sanctuaries, food banks, animal hospitals, and government agencies that assist pet owners or pets.
To be eligible for these grants, applicants must be based in the U.S. or a U.S. territory, directly affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma or be providing emergency relief in response to these historic storms at the request of an Agency Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) which is any “organization, office, or individual responsible for enforcing the requirements of a code or standard, or for approving equipment, materials, an installation, or a procedure.”
Applications from organizations that self-deploy or are based outside the vicinity of the affected geographic areas will not be considered. The specific needs of each applicant will determine the total amount of funding received.
U.S.-based groups interested in applying for funding support are encouraged to submit an application via AnimalDisasterFunding.org no later than October 15, 2017, for consideration. Applications will be reviewed upon submission.
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