Florida Animal Friend
Maximum Grant Amount
Florida Animal Friend, an organization dedicated to saving the lives of unwanted cats and dogs throughout Florida, offers funding annually for organizations striving to make a difference in the pet over-population problem by providing free or low-cost spay and neuter programs.
Grants are typically awarded to programs that increase cat and dog sterilization above the existing baseline. The categories for funding are:
- Programs for pets in low-income families
- Programs for pit bull/large breed dog sterilization
- Programs for TNR colonies of feral cat sterilization. There is specific TNR program criteria.
- Programs for community cats (free-roaming and owned) sterilization
- Programs providing spay/neuter services where none currently exist
- Funds are unlikely to be approved to replace existing program funding or to fund surgeries that are likely to be performed whether or not Florida Animal Friend funding was available.
Each grant application is reviewed by a committee and scored in a number of areas including targeting important animal populations, ability to increase surgery numbers above the existing baseline, the cost-benefit ratio, the track record of the applicant, and the applicant’s sustainability.
Once applicants make it past the committee, Florida Animal Friend’s board of directors review applications.
- Non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status and a pre-determination or decision letter from the IRS and registered with Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Division of Consumer Services City, county or tribal entities with a budget for animal care/control.
- Groups that have not received Florida Animal Friend grant funds in the previous year. Grants are awarded to the same group no more frequently than every other year.
- A fiscal sponsor that meets these requirements if the applicant does not meet all of the eligibility requirements. In this case, both the applicant and the fiscal sponsor must complete separate applications that are submitted together with a cover letter explaining the relationship and division of responsibilities between the applicant and the sponsor. The fiscal sponsor must assume ultimate responsibility for assuring the funds are used as described and that the final report is submitted as scheduled.
Note: Groups represented by current board members of Florida Animal Friend or current members of the grants committee are not eligible to apply during the term of service.
This is an annual grant program and the application period runs from January 1 to April 1.
Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 4/7/2023
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