Description, Funding, and Eligibility

Animal Welfare Grants (up to $25,000) support organizations that serve animals and promote their humane care in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto Counties. 

This application will open on Nov. 1 and close on Dec. 15. Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of January 2024.

Funding Priorities

This program focuses on supporting organizations in the animal welfare sector in the following ways:

  • Funding emergency veterinary treatment for urgent cases or extraordinary medical needs. 

  • Supporting large equipment purchases, such as X-ray machines, for a clinic or surgical equipment. 

Organizations can request up to $25,000 through this grant cycle. Partial funding of requests may be available based on the quality and quantity of applications received. 

In order to receive a grant through this program, organizations must also have: 

  • An IRS Letter of Determination that shows the organization is a 501(c)3 public charity. 
  • At least one current program with local impact in one of the following counties: Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, or DeSoto. 
  • An approved/current profile in The Giving Partner, a powerful, searchable online database with over 700 profiles of charitable organizations serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. 


Apply and Review Process

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee including local animal welfare experts.  

This application will open on Nov. 1, 2023, and close on Dec. 15, 2023. 

Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of January 2024.  


Learn More

Please join us for an information session for Animal Welfare Grants.

 11:30 a.m. | November 7, 2023

You can also learn more by visiting the video link below, a recording of our last Animal Welfare Grants workshop. 

Grant Reporting

Grant Reporting

As a grantee of the Community Foundation, we have grant reporting expectations and requirements to showcase the results of the great work you are accomplishing with this funding.

Share Your Story of Impact

Already received an Animal Welfare Grant within the last year? Share how this funding contributed to your organization's work and success within our community. 

What can be a Story of Impact?
  • Press Release
  • Blogs
  • Videos
  • Testimonials
  • Articles
  • Podcasts / Audio Recordings

Please reference our Press Kit to help draft your message and coordinate review with Rebecca Abrahamson, Senior Manager of Communications, at 

Looking for examples? Check out the Stories of Impact below shared by our Animal Welfare Grantees.

Resources for Grantees

Eligibility Requirements

Press Kit for Grantees

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