Grants

Best Friends Network partner regional grant priorities

Rachael Ray Grants regional priorities

Priorities for each region are outlined below. To find out where the the greatest impact is needed in your community, search the community lifesaving dashboard.


Great Plains region (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

In the Great Plains region, top priority will be given to projects that demonstrate decreased intake at community animal shelters or increased live shelter outcomes — especially for cats. Foster-based rescue groups interested in receiving grant funds should be reporting their data each month to the Shelter Animals Count Best Friends coalition, working toward minimizing owner surrender and lowering adoption barriers, and be working collaboratively with a shelter or municipal animal control.

Programs that reduce shelter intake could include:

  • Community cat (stray and feral cat) programs
  • Targeted spay/neuter/vaccine/microchip efforts
  • Returning to owner in the field
  • Owner surrender/intake diversion

Increasing live shelter outcomes could include:

  • Increasing the number of animals pulled from municipal shelters
  • Increasing pet adoptions as a result of lowered adoption barriers or behavior/training initiatives
  • Transporting animals from high priority communities or shelters
  • Incorporating a kitten nursery or foster program
  • Updating FIV/FeLV testing protocols and related outcomes

Mid-Atlantic region (D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia)

Competitive proposals must demonstrate (with statistics) a direct impact on saving the lives of animals and/or a trend toward reducing the number of cats and dogs killed in shelters. Priority consideration will be given to projects focused on helping in areas where the most killing is occurring. Refer to the community lifesaving dashboard to see where the greatest lifesaving opportunities are in each state or your state (whichever suits you better).

In the Mid-Atlantic region, we are looking for programs that:

  • Increase live shelter outcomes
  • Support return-to-field/community (stray and feral) cat programming
  • Support programming to reduce shelter deaths (managed intake, pet retention and the launching or expansion of foster programs)
  • Focus on collaboration between organizations to strategically reduce killing in shelters

Southeast region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina)

Competitive proposals must demonstrate, with statistics, a direct impact on saving animals’ lives and/or leading to a reduction in the number of cats and dogs killed in shelters. Priority consideration will be given to projects focused on helping in those areas where the most killing is occurring. Refer to the community lifesaving dashboard to see where the greatest lifesaving opportunities are in the region or in your state (whichever suits you better).

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

  • Support return-to-field/community (feral and stray) cat programming
  • Increase live shelter outcomes and/or decrease shelter intake
  • Support programming to reduce shelter deaths (managed intake, pet retention and the launch or expansion of foster programs)
  • Focus on collaboration between organizations to strategically reduce killing in shelters

Pacific region (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

In the Pacific region, the only projects being accepted are those aimed at directly reducing killing in shelters.

Projects chosen for funding MUST be aimed at saving populations of animals currently dying in the shelter. Examples include:

  • Return-to-field/shelter-neuter-return cat programs (Trap-neuter-return programs alone will not be considered unless they are coupled with a return-to-field program at a shelter.)
  • Lifesaving neonatal (under eight weeks) kitten programming
  • Medical programs for at-risk shelter animals, such as ringworm, parvo, panleukopenia, etc.)

Note: Please understand that funding is limited to a maximum of $100 per nose for all projects, so please take that into consideration when developing your project budget.

South Central region (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas)

Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants will be awarded to programs that directly reduce killing in shelters through programs that:

  • Directly expand capacity in live outcome programs that may include programs and process improvements that increase adoptions, transports, returns to owner, rescue group transfers or shelter-neuter-return programs (Programs must directly increase live outcomes for animals in the shelter or likely to enter the shelter system, based on data and past practice.)
  • Increase community capacity, thereby reserving sheltering services for the animals in greatest need through intake reduction (The programs, which may include return-in-field, trap-neuter-return or managed intake, must directly support animals likely to enter the shelter system because of current practices and supported by historical data.)
  • Increase lifesaving within the shelter by expanding capacity to support historically vulnerable populations to achieve live outcomes through programs such as kitten nurseries or foster programs

Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, West Virginia)

In the Midwest region, we are looking for:

  • Programs targeted toward increasing life outcomes for cats (foster programs, community cat programs, return-to-field programs, barn cat programs and innovative adoption or medical programs).
  • Programs that return to owners in the field
  • Programs targeted toward increasing live outcomes for medium and large dogs (foster programs, behavior programs, adoption programs, promotion programs or diversion programs)

Northeast region (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)

In the Northeast region, grant projects aimed at directly reducing killing in shelters with the highest impacts will be given top priority. Proposed projects MUST demonstrate (with statistics) a direct impact on saving the lives of animals and/or a trend toward reducing the number of dogs and cats being killed.

The top three priority states within our region are New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Please refer to our community lifesaving dashboard to help identify other key communities within the region. Some examples of potential granting opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Increasing live shelter outcomes
  • Working in conjunction with shelters to show measurable reduction of shelter killing, such as in return-to-field and targeted TNR programs
  • Creating collaborative programs to directly reduce shelter deaths, such as pulls from shelters in need and transfer/transport programs

Mountain West region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming)

The Mountain West region will prioritize Save Them All Grants that:

  • Address any programmatic gaps (for shelters with a save rate below 90%) as identified by the network partner gap analysis tool
  • Show a measurable reduction in the number of cats killed in shelters (Types of programing may include targeted spay/neuter, return to field and TNR, or neonatal kitten programs.)
  • Are focused on dogs in southern Nevada, New Mexico or Arizona (Owner retention, spay/neuter, behavioral support, or transports are some examples.)
  • Support the formation or sustaining of coalition collaborative work among shelters, rescue groups and the broader community, with a specific goal to help a community or state achieve no-kill. Grant results must be able to show a reduction of deaths in shelters.
  • Support both cats and dogs on Native American reservations, particularly the Navajo Nation. Highest priority will be given to programs that either prevent the necessity for impoundment or result in the direct pulling of animals from animal control facilities.