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

Here is a list of all available Lifesaving Categories, including definitions and examples.

Application Periods and Categories

    October 22 - 29, 2018:

    • Alternatives to Intake
    • Capacity for Care
    • Engaging the Public
    • Managed Admissions
    • Return to Field

    March 11 - 18, 2019:

    • Categories to be Announced

    Please note, dates and categories for grant cycles are subject to change. 

All applicants from the July 30 - August 6, 2018 cycle will be notified of our decision in October.

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). If your grant is approved, you will be required to join the Maddie's Fund Coalition. 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.

To Apply:

The Innovation Grant Cycle is currently closed.

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

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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