Grants

Best Friends Network partner regional grant priorities

Regional Grant Priorities

We have identified the types of projects that will have the largest impact on lifesaving in each region. Grants aimed at directly reducing shelter deaths will be given top priority. These are the focus programs in each region:

Pacific Region – AK, CA, OR, WA, HI

In the Pacific region, letters of intent aimed at directly reducing shelter deaths will be given top priority. We welcome all letters, but please be aware that programs not centered on reducing shelter deaths are less likely to be funded.

Mountain West Region – ID, MT, WY, NV, CO, AZ, NM

In the Mountain West region, we are prioritizing funding projects from municipal shelters, private shelters with contracts, or rescue groups and clinics that directly support their municipal shelters and clearly help reduce shelter deaths. 

Projects with a shelter/neuter/return component, those that focus on big dogs, and positive outcomes for cats are of special interest.

Great Plains Region – ND, MN, SD, IA, NE, KS, MO

In the Great Plains region, projects that increase live shelter outcomes or directly decrease shelter intake will be given top priority. Programs that reduce shelter intake would be programs such as targeted spay/neuter programs or owner surrender intervention programs. Increasing live shelter outcomes could include: 

  • Increased animals pulled from municipal shelters 
  • Increased adoptions 
  • Animals transported in from other communities 
  • Shelter/neuter/release programs for community cats that reside in the city shelter or similar programs 
  • Shelter transport programs 

South Central Region – TX, OK, AR, LA

In the South Central region, we are looking for programs that directly increase live shelter outcomes or directly decrease shelter intake in each region. Programs that reduce shelter intake would be programs such as targeted spay/neuter programs that measurably reduce shelter intake. Increasing live shelter outcomes can include: 

  • Increased animals pulled from the municipal shelter 
  • Shelter transport programs 
  • Shelter/neuter/release programs with a measurable reduction in shelter death 
  • Increasing adoptions 

Midwest Region – WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, WV

In the Midwest region, we are looking for programs that enable the increase of live outcome for pets in municipal shelters such as:

  • Return to owners in the field
  • Targeted spay/neuter of at risk pets 
  • Diversion before impoundment
  • Counseling to keep pets with their families
  • Foster programs
  • Robust adoption campaigns partnering with multiple local rescues and entities

We are also interested in programs that are targeted at live outcome for medium and large dogs (foster, behavior, adoption promotion, diversion) and programs designed to save cats in the community to include cats in the municipal shelter (community cats, TNR, SNR, barn cats).

Northeast Region – ME, VT, NH, NY, PA, MA, RI, CT, NY, DE

In the Northeast region, letters of intent aimed at directly reducing shelter deaths will be given top priority. Some examples of potential granting opportunities include but are not limited to: 

  • Increasing live shelter outcomes (adoption, transfer out of shelter, rescue group pulls) 
  • Creating community-cat/return-to-field programming with measurable reduction of shelter death 
  • Creating collaborative programs to directly reduce shelter death 

In addition, within the three target states for the fiscal year, the following communities are of strategic priority: 

  1. New Jersey- Associated Humane Societies in Essex/Monmouth/Ocean Counties, Passaic County, Bergen County, Gloucester County, Burlington County, Cumberland County, Atlantic County 
  2. Pennsylvania- Montgomery County, Animal Care & Control Team Philadelphia, Allegheny County, Lycoming County 
  3. New York- Monroe County (Rochester and Greater Rochester area), Erie County, Albany County, Animal Care Centers of NYC  

Mid-Atlantic Region – KY, TN, NC, VA, DC, MD

In the Mid-Atlantic region, letters of intent aimed at directly reducing shelter deaths will be given top priority. We are looking for programs that:

  • Increase live shelter outcomes 
  • Support return-to-field/community cat programming 
  • Measurably reduce shelter intake 
  • Focus on collaboration between organizations to strategically reduce shelter deaths

Southeast Region – MS, AL, GA, SC, FL

In the Southeast region, we are looking for programs that: 

  • Increase live shelter outcomes
  • Support return-to-field/community cat programming
  • Measurably reduce shelter intake
  • Focus on collaboration between organizations to strategically reduce shelter deaths 

If you have any additional questions on regional grant priorities, please contact your Network specialist