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Rachael Ray Grants 2022 Cycle

The Rachael Ray Foundation logo The Rachael Ray Foundation™ is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachael's pet food, Nutrish®. The Foundation was launched by Rachael in 2016 to better support the causes she cares for most such as helping animals in need. 

The Rachael Ray Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society are committed to helping Best Friends Network Partners increase lifesaving in their communities through impactful, innovative, and inclusive programming. Every year, there are two types of Rachael Ray grants for which partners can apply.   

The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants fund projects to reduce the lifesaving gap of cats and dogs in U.S. shelters.   

The Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grants celebrate no-kill groups that are leading the movement through innovation partnerships, mentorships, and progressive collaborations within their community.

Organizations can apply for both types of grants with different project proposals if they qualify. 

All Rachael Ray Grants applicants must be a Network Partner to apply. Your organization can apply to join the Best Friends Network here for free

Our grant cycle is closed and we are no longer accepting applications. Check back for updates on our next cycle. 

Click the links below to learn more about each grant type, requirements, and more:


The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants 
 

The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants fund projects to reduce the lifesaving gap of cats and dogs in U.S. shelters. We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving in a community.  

All projects must demonstrate, with statistics, a direct impact on saving animals’ lives.  

  • Projects can be focused on just one event/program or can include multiple events/programs.   
  • Proposed projects should align with regional priorities. Projects that satisfy these priorities will have the largest impact on lifesaving in each region.   
  • We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving.
  • If the applicant that is applying is an organization that is already no-kill, their project needs to be impacting a shelter that has a lifesaving gap and has not achieved a 90% save rate.  
  • If awarded, the applying organization will need to submit quarterly impact statistics of how many lives were impacted through the project.  
  • The impacted shelter’s intake and outcome data will need to be submitted as well, in order to calculate the reduction in gap to 90%, which will measure success of the project.  
  • Best Friends will make calculations for reduction in lifesaving gap after all data points are submitted. These two metrics (impacts and reduction number in lifesaving gap) will be used for grant accountability and measuring success.  

What is a Lifesaving gap? 

The Lifesaving gap (or no-kill gap/gap to 90%) is the number of cats and dogs who would have had to be saved last year in order to achieve the 90% save rate threshold. Best Friends applies the following calculation to determine that gap: 

(Shelter Deaths* + Lost in Care) – (Live Intakes x 10%) 
* Shelter Deaths = animals euthanized, killed, or died in care 

  • If the resulting number is 0 or less, then there is no longer a statistical lifesaving gap because the shelter is either at or above the 90% threshold. 
  • To learn more about the definitions and formulas for calculations, visit the Lifesaving Dashboard Methodology page

Before you begin an application, please review the priorities for your region to ensure that your project aligns. 

Your organization can apply for a grant of up to $50,000, with the amount requested not exceeding 10% of your operating budget.  The average grant awarded last year was just under $13,000, therefor granting may only cover partial funding needed for your project. 

Here are a few examples of previous funded Save Them All grants that reduced lifesaving gaps: 

  • Transferring in at risk population (ie. underage kittens, adult cats, large breed dogs) from targeted shelter with lifesaving gap 
  • Providing advanced medical care for target number of at risk pets  
  • Return to owner efforts expanded through covered Return to Owner fees 
  • Increase of foster home placement and expanding capacity by hiring foster coordinator 
  • Increase of Return to Field (RTF) outcomes by implementing or expanding a Shelter Neuter Return (SNR) program 
  • Increase of RTF or SNR by hiring community cat coordinator 
  • Implementing programs that provide intake prevention services for the community 
  • Adoption placements increased through covered adoption fees and/or marketed adoption events

Click here to see additional previously awarded grants. 

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Our grant cycle is closed and we are no longer accepting applications. Check back for updates on our next cycle. 

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Regional Priorities
 

Click on the name of your region below to learn about funding priorities. 

Southeast- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina 

South Central- Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

Great Plains- Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

Mountain West- Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Northeast- Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Pacific- Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington

Midwest- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Mid-Atlantic- District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

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The Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grants
 

Best Friends’ Network partners that have already reached a 90% Save Rate face new challenges as they strive to sustain their lifesaving numbers or support other shelters in the same achievement. As leaders in the field, no-kill organizations are critical to our collective goal of making the entire country no-kill by 2025. 

The Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grants fund projects that help no-kill organizations maintain their lifesaving and/or assist other organizations in their community reach the 90% threshold. These grants celebrate groups that are leading the movement through innovative partnerships, mentorships, and progressive collaborations within their community.  We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that sustain a 90%+ level of lifesaving.  

No-Kill Excellence Grants may fund scalable programs that support positive outcomes for animals in other network partner cities and emerging no-kill communities. 

We anticipate that funded projects will be related, but not exclusive, to:  

  • Impacting shelters to decrease lifesaving gaps 
  • Community mentorship programs supporting other shelters   
  • Innovative animal shelter operations  
  • Helping hard-to-place pets 
  • Meeting critical staffing and medical needs 

Here are a few examples of previous funded projects for No Kill Excellence grants: 

  • Hiring of community cat coordinator for scaling up return to field work to help target communities 
  • Provide mentorship and training for other organizations to hold MASH style clinics for spay/neuter in rural areas 
  • Implementing or expanding intake prevention programs (hiring liaisons, offering ER vet care, temporary boarding, pet food pantry, etc) 
  • Provide mentorship and training for other organizations to implement intake prevention programs, foster programs or other progressive lifesaving programs 
  • Implementing rescue incentive program or scaling up assistance by pulling hard-to-place animals 

Click here to see additional previously awarded grants. 
 
Your organization can apply for a grant of up to $60,000. The average grant awarded last year for projects was just under $40,000. 

Applications will need to include 2020 data demonstrating that your organization reached and sustained a 90% save rate for at least one year or you are a support organization that is not defined as a shelter under our organization type definitions.  

If the applicant is an organization without a lifesaving gap and their intention is to support another organization, their project needs to be impacting a shelter that has a gap.

If awarded, the applying organization will be required to submit quarterly impact statistics of how many lives were impacted through the project. 

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Requirements for applying for a Rachael Ray grant 
 

Please make sure you are familiar with the following requirements for recipients of the various Rachael Ray grants before applying. 

Eligibility: 

To be eligible for a Rachael Ray Save Them All or No-Kill Excellence Grant, organizations must be a part of the Best Friends Network. Click here to see if your organization is already a network partner. If your organization is not yet a Network partner, you must apply to become one by Monday August 23rd, 2021 at 5pm MST

  • Members of the NKLA Coalition are not eligible for grants relating to LA Animal Services work. For network partners in NKLA interested in applying for NKLA focused grant, please contact Chantel Feola at LApartners@bestfriends.org.   
  • Programs must be implemented within the United States.  
  • Awarded grant funds must be spent within a one-year period. 

Data Reporting:

  • If you are a shelter or rescue with intakes and outcomes, you must be up to date with reporting in Shelter Animals County (SAC) through June 2021. If you are unsure if your data is up to date, please log into SAC to determine if you group needs to make updates in SAC.
  • If you are a spay/neuter group, intake prevention group, transport-only group or other group not eligible to report in Shelter Animals Count, you will need to submit your stats using this form prior to submitting your application. 

Tracking and reporting:

  • All organizations receiving grants must track and report the following:
  • Potential impacts depending on project type could be any of the following, by species: adoptions, TNR, RTF/SNR, foster placements, treated for medical or behavior, spay/neuter for owned pets, transfer in, transfer out, return to owners, number of intake preventions, etc. 
  • For all projects, unless otherwise obtained through network partner data reporting, the following stats for the shelter impacted by your project must be submitted quarterly for a baseline year and your grant period: dog intakes, dog live outcomes, dog other outcomes, cat intakes, cat live outcomes and cat other outcomes. 
  • We reserve the right to identify additional reporting metrics appropriate to the scope and impact of the project. Grant recipients will be required to submit one success story of the awarded project to Best Friends Animal Society at conclusion of the project. Stories will help us promote The Rachael Ray Foundation grants in the future.  
  • Impact reports will be required on a quarterly basis. Failure to submit timely and accurate reports on the progress of your project can impact the ability to receive future funding. 

Our grant cycle is closed and we are no longer accepting applications. Check back for updates on our next cycle. 

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