Description, Funding, and Eligibility

Animal Welfare Grants ($10,000 - $50,000) support organizations that serve animals and promote their humane care in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto Counties. This competitive grant cycle primarily supports emergency medical needs for animals and volunteer program development or growth.  

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, with a focus on this type of care for domestic animals. 

  • Supporting volunteer program development, including but not limited to the growth of foster programs and supplies to support those programs.

Individual funding requests must fall between $10,000 and $50,000. 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 opened on October 5, 2021 and closed on December 17, 2021.

Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-February, 2022.   

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 Hunter Carpenter, Manager of Communications and Marketing, 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

Additional Questions?

If you have questions about the Animal Welfare grant cycles that were not answered on this page, view the video below to learn from an information session held in October 2021.

View Past Information Sessions

Need Assistance?

Angelica Hull

Grants, Manager