Program Grants

The principal function of the Foundation is to accept donations and legacies and to use those funds to support services and programs that improve animal welfare in Canada, and to fund innovative educational, research and outreach programs that help animals at the community, provincial and national levels.

Each year the AWFC calls for, evaluates, and selects projects for funding based on our vision, our mission, and on the likelihood that such projects will have a meaningful impact on the welfare of animals.

AWFC grants and programs are administered by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, composed of veterinarians, animal welfare scientists and other professionals who have broad experience of animal protection in Canada and in the evaluation of grant requests and project outcomes.

Over the years, close to 200 projects have received funding from the AWFC. These include animal charities’ programs, public lectures on animal welfare, and education and outreach activities for student animal welfare clubs at university and college campuses. Our website and facebook page ensure that our Foundation’s activities and funding decisions for past recipients are visible and accessible to everyone.

There are six program areas that the AWFC has funded in the past:

  • Farm animals
  • Companion animals
  • Laboratory animals
  • Wildlife
  • Animals in entertainment
  • Education related to animal welfare

The AWFC also strives to facilitate cooperation and collaboration amongst animal welfare organizations to improve their overall collective effectiveness.

Grants Process Guidelines and Deadlines

If you wish to apply for a grant, please review the following guidelines and deadlines: