Innovation Grants

Maddie's Fund® is offering up to $5,000 to implement a new program at your shelter or rescue organization that will advance lifesaving.

If you applied during the August 2017 grant cycle, we'll be notifying you of our decision in late October.

Application Periods

  • October 23 - 30, 2017
  • January 22 - 29, 2018
  • April 2 - 9, 2018

Applications will be accepted for the following categories for the October grant cycle:

Definitions and examples of all categories

  • Innovative Foster Care
  • Removing Barriers to Adoptions (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)

This grant opportunity is not designed to cover general operating costs or capital campaigns. We are looking for applications that propose to implement a new program or expand an existing program to increase lifesaving at your organization.

Who is eligible to participate?

Grant recipients must:

  • Be a U.S. based 501c3 or government animal welfare organization focused on dogs and/or cats. Learn more
  • Publicly share your annual animal statistics on your website (on the same page as your lifesaving percentage - see next bullet point). Learn more
  • Publicly share your lifesaving percentage, including the formula for how it was calculated, on your website (on the same page as your annual animal statistics - see bullet point above). Learn more
  • Be an active participant in Shelter Animals Count (if applicable). Learn more
  • Be an active participant in the Million Cat Challenge (if applicable). Learn more
  • If you have received funding from Maddie's Fund in the past, be current on all grant reporting requirements. Learn more
  • Submit a completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered, and any attachments submitted will not be read. Learn more
  • Agree to complete a survey 6 months after funding on how grant funds were spent and the results of implementing the selected lifesaving program.

Grant recipients will be asked to honor Maddie, the little dog who inspired a movement, through their social media and donor recognition about this grant on their website, donor wall, annual report, newsletter or other promotional materials or marketing communications, as appropriate.

To Apply:

Grant applications will be accepted from October 23 - 30, 2017 through the Maddie's Fund Grants Portal. Only complete applications will be accepted. Any applications that are incomplete or missing information will not be accepted, so please review your application carefully before submitting to ensure accuracy and completeness.

Before the application window opens, you can prepare in the following ways:

Apply Oct 23 - 30, 2017

Grant recipients will be asked to honor Maddie, the little dog who inspired a movement, through their social media and donor recognition about this grant on their website, donor wall, annual report, newsletter or other promotional materials or marketing communications, as appropriate.

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