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Fund for Animal Welfare

The Fund for Animal Welfare supports grants to nonprofit organizations that provide care, shelter and/or medical services to animals. 

The Fund for Animal Welfare offers these types of grants: operational, capacity, or capital. Learn more below.

The 2022 application process opens Monday, July 25 and closes Friday, September 2.


Organizations must have a complete and up-to-date Gold Level profile on GuideStar. By the time of application submission, the following must be uploaded to GuideStar:

  • All requirements to reach the GuideStar Gold Seal
  • Current board list
  • Most recent 990

Organizations must be located and provide services in Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Goochland or Powhatan. Priority will be given to organizations that have clearly defined goals and collaborate with other animal welfare nonprofits or government. 

Grant Priorities

Grants support activities and expenses related to the care, shelter or medical services, including:

  • Spay and neuter facilities, outreach efforts and/or education programs
  • No-kill animal shelter/adoption programs
  • Education and outreach programs for cat and dog owners
  • Support for cats and dogs owned by low-income or elderly residents
  • Training or placing companion animals for people with mobility or therapeutic needs.
  • Training for staff and/or volunteers
  • Improving fundraising or financial management
  • Expanding services and programs
  • Developing and implementing business or strategic plans
  • Improving board operations.
  • Improving the physical space.

Additional Considerations

The Community Foundation gives preference to proposals that:

  • Have clearly defined targets or goals and a practical strategy to measure progress
  • Have the greatest potential to positively impact the community or the organization
  • Partner or collaborate with other animal welfare nonprofits or government agencies
  • Include other sources of funding to support the proposed work

Grant Amount

Typical grant awards will range between $5,000 - $50,000.

Apply now

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2 via our online grants management system.

Recent Grants

A.L. Shilling Spay & Neuter, Inc.
$30,000 to support ongoing efforts to provide low-cost veterinary services.

Capital Area Rescue Effort (CARE)
$20,500 to support connecting dogs from animal shelters with loving, permanent homes or lifetime sanctuary.

Goochland Pet Lovers
$30,500 to support the Good Neighbor Fund, providing low- and no-cost veterinary services to low-income families.

Lost Dog Foundation
$30,000 to support low- and no-cost trap-neuter-return services.

Richmond Animal League
$150,000 to provide operational support for the Rescue and Adoption Program and Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Richmond Animal Welfare Foundation
$35,000 to provide emergency, life-saving care for any Richmond animal in need.

Richmond SPCA
$50,000 to provide fee-waived veterinary services to pet guardians of modest means at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.

Richmond Wildlife Center
$50,000 to support general operations in building capacity to meet community demands for wildlife services.

Ring Dog Rescue
$20,000 to support The DogHouse Project in identifying pets in need of medical care and getting dogs into proper habitats.

Salem’s Light, Inc.
$15,000 to support outreach efforts to assist owners of unsterilized dogs with sterilization services and routine and emergent veterinary care.

Sanctuary Rescue, Inc.
$50,000 to support daily operations in providing high-quality medical services to the dogs in their care.

St. Francis Humane Association
$20,000 to support efforts that help at-risk cats and kittens find homes and stay in their homes.

Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund
$30,000 to support emergency veterinary treatment for pets from low-income families

Online Grants System

Qualified organizations must submit a proposal through our online grants system.
Staff is available for technical support during office hours, 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

Access the online grants system