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.  A total of $250,000 is available to be awarded each grant cycle!

The May 2017 grant cycle has closed. We anticipate notifying applicants of their grant approval or decline in late-July.

Upcoming application periods:

  • Stay tuned! We're crafting our plans for FY2017-18 and will post upcoming grant cycles soon.

Applications may be accepted for the following categories:

  • Alternatives to Intake
  • Capacity for Care
  • Community Outreach (Pets for Life)
  • Engaging the Public
  • Engaging Volunteers
  • Industry Partnerships
  • Innovative, Creative and Sustainable Leadership
  • Keeping Pets in their Homes
  • Managed Admissions
  • Progressive Foster Care
  • Progressive Marketing and PR
  • Progressive Shelter Behavior
  • Progressive Shelter Medicine
  • Progressive Technology, Data and Metrics
  • Progressive Training and Development
  • Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
  • Return to Field/SNR
  • Sustainability (Fundraising, Fund Development, Strategic Planning, etc.)
  • Targeted TNR

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

The grant application window is currently closed.

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