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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 2021 application process opens Monday, July 12 and closes Friday, August 20.


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 - $25,000.

Apply now

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20 via our online grants management system.

Recent Grants

Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts
$5,000 to provide assistance to individuals and families unable to afford spaying/neutering and basic medical costs to adopt/retain their companion animals.

Henrico Humane Society

$15,000 to fund routine and non-routine veterinary care.  

Richmond Animal League

$25,000 to support free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccines for community cats in and around the Richmond area.

Richmond SPCA
$25,000 to provide operating support for delivery of medical care to pets of low-income clients, including the elderly.

St. Francis Humane Association

$4,000 to rescue, rehabilitate and prepare stray cats for adoption.

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