Grant Details

New York Community Trust - Animal Welfare

Rachel Pardoe, Senior Program Officer
  • Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification
  • Animal-Related
  • New York
  • Bronx
  • Kings
  • New York
  • Queens
  • Richmond
Maximum Grant Amount
March 5, 2024

New York Community Trust is accepting letters of interest to the New York City Animal Welfare grant program.

The Trust invites letters of interest from nonprofit groups for one- and two-year grants for projects designed to achieve one of the two following priorities:

Priority 1: Support the welfare and humane treatment of animals in captivity and communities across the five boroughs.
They will consider grants to projects that:
  • advocate for and provide training, technical assistance, and oversight to help facilities offer rigorous standards of care for animals;
  • develop and promote certification programs that encourage the ethical treatment of animals;
  • reduce animal surrenders through education on adoption, pet care, and behavior training as well as increased access to veterinary care and the provision of supplies and care in underresourced communities;
  • develop protections for animals affected by mistreatment and natural or other disasters;
  • reduce the consumption or purchase of animal-based products (including meat) produced with unethical, unhealthy, or inhumane practices;
  • offer opportunities for New York City residents, particularly children, to connect with and appreciate animals in their communities and participate in humane education.

Priority 2: Support the conservation, protection, rescue, and rehabilitation of animals in the wild, specifically wildlife that resides in or passes through New York City’s five boroughs (e.g., migratory birds, mammals, and pollinators), with a focus on protected species.
They will consider grants to projects that:
  • advocate, lobby, and conduct research to protect wildlife in New York City, including the creation, restoration, or conservation of critical habitat;
  • increase the capacity of wildlife conservation, rescue, and rehabilitation nonprofits to protect more animals and/or improve systems and public understanding;
  • create or expand community-driven efforts to protect and conserve wildlife in underresourced neighborhoods;
  • offer educational, citizen science, and volunteer stewardship opportunities for New York City residents that help them better understand, appreciate, and live with wildlife.

Grant Award Amounts
For both priorities, grant awards will fall into two categories:
  • Grants of $30,000 to $60,000 over a 12- to 24-month period for a single organization's internal capacity building; citizen science efforts; community engagement or volunteer-based activities; discrete research projects; and/or organizations that are volunteer-led or operate with a budget of less than $250,000; or
  • Grants of $100,000 to $150,000 grant over a 12- to 24-month period for sector-wide improvements; advocacy to achieve policy or systems change; expansion or replication of proven or innovative practices; or coalition building. 

Information Session
A session will be held via Zoom on February 14 at 2:00 pm ET. Please register to attend.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (or have a 501(c)(3) as a funds administrator) operating in the five boroughs of New York City. Organizations that are based outside of New York City but predominantly serve the City, and/or lead efforts relevant to the City’s animals, may also apply. 

Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 1/29/2024

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